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Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Kevin Clifton rejected by BBC bosses twice – Here’s why

Speaking in a Strictly Come Dancing particular which airs this Saturday, Kevin recalled his first audition for the present, with then girlfriend Karen Hauer.

The couple auditioned on the similar time however it appears Kevin did not make as a lot of an impression on BBC bosses as his accomplice. 

Karen was known as again as an expert in 2012 however bosses selected to not add Kevin to the road-up. 

Recalling the second he discovered, he instructed Aljaz Skorjanec: “They mentioned, ‘We’d like to take Karen, however not that guy.”

Sporting lengthy black locks and kohl eyeliner, Kevin regarded fully completely different from how viewers see him right now.

Joking about his appearances, he joked bosses instructed him “We’ve no want for that gothic scarecrow who thinks he’s the rock star of the ballroom”.

Kevin auditioned the next 12 months alongside husband and spouse execs Janette Manrara and Aljaz, solely to be rejected for a second time.

Aljaz recalled the identical audition as “the most effective days of my life.”

But it wasn’t all dangerous information for Kevin as he did get a starring position in a Strictly Come Dancing trailer – as an invisible dancer.

He danced with celebs in a bodysuit however was airbrushed out and was not seen to viewers.

Luckily, Kevin was ultimately accepted on his third audition and has made the ultimate 4 instances earlier than profitable with Stacey Dooley in 2018.

He had beforehand positioned as a runner-up with Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge, Kellie Bright and Louise Redknapp earlier than lastly lifting the glitter ball trophy final 12 months.

Meanwhile, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice and Aljaz cheekily admitted that they began dancing to fulfill ladies.

Aljaz defined: “All the boys have been doing soccer, eager to be firemen – all the women have been dancing… I’m going to go along with the women.

“I beloved it,” he continued.

Anton revealed he had comparable ways: “I went with my sister, It was a room full of girls, I was 14, so I thought… ‘Hello.’”

Giovanni agreed: “If I play soccer, I’m going to have, for the remainder of my life, to bathe with boys.

“So I’m going to be a dancer and spend time with the women.”

In the documentary, which airs this weekend, viewers may even learn the way the professionals are partnered up with the celebrities.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday on BBC One at 7pm.

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