UK markets open in 5 hours 31 minutes
  • NIKKEI 225

    23,134.80
    -197.14 (-0.84%)
     
  • HANG SENG

    24,493.09
    -93.51 (-0.38%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    36.53
    +0.36 (+1.00%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,875.20
    +7.20 (+0.39%)
     
  • DOW

    26,659.11
    +139.16 (+0.52%)
     
  • BTC-GBP

    10,459.71
    +73.42 (+0.71%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    265.17
    +22.49 (+9.27%)
     
  • ^IXIC

    11,185.59
    +180.72 (+1.64%)
     
  • ^FTAS

    3,152.13
    -3.12 (-0.10%)
     

Kevin Clifton considered 'Strictly' return after announcing he'd quit

Amy Johnson
·2-min read
Kevin Clifton attends the "Strictly Come Dancing" launch show red carpet arrivals at Television Centre on August 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Kevin Clifton attends the "Strictly Come Dancing" launch show red carpet arrivals at Television Centre on August 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Kevin Clifton considered returning to Strictly Come Dancing after publicly announcing he was leaving the show back in March to focus on other work.

However, he didn't want to make a U-turn over the decision over fears he'd "look like an idiot".

"There were a couple of conversations about it, like, is it worth talking about it?," he told The Sun’s Bizarre column.

Read more: Strictly axes Halloween Week from 2020 series

"But then I thought, I've just made this big announcement. I don't want to look like an idiot."

Amy Dowden and Kevin Clifton attends the "Strictly Come Dancing" launch show red carpet at Television Centre on August 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)
Amy Dowden and Kevin Clifton attends the "Strictly Come Dancing" launch show red carpet at Television Centre on August 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

"We're having a constant conversation, and at the moment I feel I've pretty much done everything there is to do on the show," Clifton went on.

The 37-year-old danced on the programme for seven years, eventually winning the competition with now-girlfriend Stacey Dooley in 2018.

He announced he was leaving the programme earlier this year in a lengthy post to Instagram. His message read: “The past 7 years have been some of the most wonderful years of my life.

Strictly Come Dancing finalists Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton leave BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Strictly Come Dancing finalists Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton leave BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)

"I am grateful to the BBC and Strictly Come Dancing for giving me the opportunity to have been a part of something truly special.

“Since first being called ‘Kevin From Grimsby’ by Sir Bruce Forsyth in 2013 I have experienced the highs of 5 finals, winning a Guinness World record on It Takes Two, the Strictly Arena tour glitterball and then the ultimate of winning the 2018 series with Stacey Dooley.

Read more: Strictly dancers who test positive for COVID-19 will be disqualified

Clifton added that he wanted to "leave on a high" and was looking to focus on other areas of his "life and career".

Strictly is set to return to BBC One in October.

Watch: Here are all the celebrities confirmed for Strictly 2020