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Kevin Clifton isn't holding his opinions back about his Strictly Come Dancing co-star AJ Pritchard, suggesting that the fellow professional dancer tried to steal Stacey Dooley for himself last year.

Appearing on a one-off Strictly special, which will air on Saturday night, Kevin speaks about the process of the dancers and contestants testing their compatibility with a 'speed dance'.

The dance features the celebrities and professionals dance briefly with each other, before they're placed in their various partnerships.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to The Sun, Kevin claims he was ‘going for it’ with Stacey while they were dancing in a salsa circle, but AJ later swooped in and tried to pull Stacey away for a one-on-one talk.

"Last year with Stacey in the salsa circle, I was going for it… overdoing it," Kevin says.

"At one point, we were on a coffee break and AJ interrupted us in the middle of us talking and took her away," he added. "He wanted to get to know her and see what she was about."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I was like, “It’s not Love Island mate!”‘ Kevin managed to fend off AJ's advances and he was picked to be Stacey's partner for last years show.

The duo went on to win the Glitterball trophy, before confirming their romance three months later following Stacey's split from ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott.

The pair insist on remaining tight-lipped about their private life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In an interview with The Guardian, Stacey said:

"Kev and I agreed not to go into too much detail about our private lives because you can’t really indulge that and then ask for privacy. What I am happy to say is Kev’s amazing. I’m happy, life happens. I’ve got an amazing career and I’m very lucky."

Kevin is partnered with Anneka Rice on this year's Strictly, but was recently forced to deny claims that he’s "fuming" with the pairing and insisted he’s having a "wicked time" with Anneka in rehearsals.

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Strictly Come Dancing winner Kevin Clifton is apparently 'fuming' over his partnership with 60-year-old TV veteran Anneka Rice, according to The Sun.

Show insiders claim that the Grimsby-born dancer sees his celebrity dance pairing as a 'punishment' from BBC bosses for his relationship with Stacey Dooley.

Kevin and now-girlfriend Stacey had chemistry to burn last year, going on to win the entire competition in December before going public with their romance in March.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stacey had been in a long-term relationship while she was competing on the show, and both herself and Kevin deny that any romance sparked before they took home the Glitterball trophy.

36-year-old Kevin believes bosses are 'putting the boot in' for the media furore following their romance and says they've 'sabotaged his dream' of winning wo years in a row, a source told The Sun;

"Kevin has told pals he would have preferred someone like Catherine Tyldesley or Alex Scott. He calls himself King Kevin and wanted to make Strictly history by winning back to back titles."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They added; "But although Anneka is willing, her age and agility means he won’t be able to throw her around like he did previous partners."

Kevin and Anneka paired up on Saturday's launch, and The Challenge star admitted that she's never danced in public and was ruled out of a group dance after injuring herself during rehearsal.

The noticeable height difference between them was also commented on by viewers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kevin has a great track record on the massively popular BBC dance contest, making the finals with every partner except Susan Calman.

Himself and Susanna Reid came in second during their time on the show, followed by Frankie Bridge, Kellie Bright and runner-up Louise Redknapp.

Kevin came in seventh place when partnered with comedian Susan two years ago, before winning the show with Stacey Dooley in 2018.

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Jamie Laing has been forced to drop out of Strictly Come Dancing. The Made In Chelsea star suffered an injury during rehearsals which has prevented him from continuing her Strictly journey.

The show confirmed the devastating news this afternoon. They stated, "Sadly due to an injury, Jamie Laing will no longer be able to take part in this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing. As the Strictly launch show is pre-recorded, Jamie will still feature in this programme which airs Saturday 7th September."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Executive producer, Sarah James said, "We are so sad that Jamie won't be able to take part in the series, he had already lit up the ballroom during the launch show with his boundless energy and enthusiasm. We all wish him a full and speedy recovery."

The reality star was spotted on crutches earlier this week. There's no doubt fans are going to be heartbroken by this news as Jamie was a firm favourite since Strictly announced this year's lineup.

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Kevin Clifton has revealed that he used alcohol to cope with his break-up from Karen Hauer, and received help from none other than Russell Brand.

The 36-year-old relied on Brand for support when he realised that his drinking had gone too far after he split from the fellow dancer last year.

Speaking on his podcast The Kevin Clifton Show, he said:

"I didn't know how to deal with it. It was affecting my work, it was affecting mine and Karen's relationship. I didn't know how to function as a person."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"It's as close as I can imagine to what might be like depression. I fell into a real tough spot. I started drinking a lot. I was going out and drinking all the time.

"I talked to some of the people on Strictly about it," he added. "I was constantly stressed out, constantly emotional, constantly sad. It got to a point, and then me and Karen ended up breaking up."

Russell has battled numerous addictions from alcohol to drugs, and reached out to Kevin when he saw he had a problem, advising him to quit booze for two months.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since quitting alcohol, Kevin's life has improved drastically and he's found happiness with Stacey Dooley after the pair met on Strictly, winning the 2018 series together.

He said on his podcast: "My life over the past year has gone from darkness, despair and self hatred to everything going so much better.

"I'm so much happier now than I was a year ago." Kevin and Karen got married in 2015 but split up only three years later.

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Attention to all the "lovely young ladies" in Ireland; Love Island's Curtis Pritchard is hosting a meet-and-greet in Dublin next month. Now's your chance to meet the professional dancer.

If you're a big fan of Maura Higgins' man and want to get up close and personal with him, he's jetting to Ireland for a special appearance to meet fans.

The ex-Dancing with the Stars Ireland professional and current The Greatest Dancer judge will be the special guest at an event in Wrights Cafe Bar, Swords on Friday September, 6.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Announcing the news on Facebook, organisers said: "Meet & Greet Love Island's Curtis Pritchard at Wrights Cafe Bar!

"Join us 6th September from 8pm until late for the best late bar and DJ in town and Love Island's very own Curtis Pritchard! Get your photo with Curtis and party the night away."

Wrights Cafe Bar also told fans to book a table at the venue ASAP before they're booked up;  "Tables will go FAST!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Love Island 2019 winner Amber Gill travelled to Ireland over the weekend to meet Greg O'Shea's family and friends, just two weeks after the pair won the ITV reality show.

They seemed as loved up and as ever, staying in the luxurious Dromoland Castle before visiting the Cliffs of Moher in county Clare .

The couple were also spotted at the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final watching Tipperary beat Kilkenny in Croke Park on Sunday.

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Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton (née Hauer) has broken her silence about her ex-husband's relationship with Stacey Dooley.

Karen and Kevin split up in March of last year, but have remained on good terms ever since. The pair even work alongside one another as professional dancers on the BBC One show.

Karen opened up during an interview with FUBAR Radio about Kevin and Stacey's romance after the pair won the series in 2018.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I don’t really know anything about that," she said of their relationship. "When we go into rehearsals we’re literally going crazy with all the routines. But you know what he looks extremely happy, so I’m happy that he’s happy."

Speaking about working with her ex, she said; "Most people think that we’d be like 'oh I don’t like it', but no. Not at all. We laugh. There is no drama. I don’t like drama baby llama! I’m happy, he’s happy, let’s all be happy!

"I’m so proud of him and all the things he’s been doing lately. For us, it’s never been a problem and it never will be a problem. We’re really cool."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The dancer added;

"We absolutely love working together. We’re dancing together. The nice thing is that we don’t have partners that we are dancing with all the time, we switch partners around, so we all get a feel for everybody else."

32-year-old Stacey Dooley was dating Sam Tucknott throughout the 2018 competition, but the pair broke up shortly after she won. The journalist then began seeing her professional dance partner, Kevin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kevin Clifton and Karen wed in 2015, but she hasn't publicly commented on her ex's new romance until this week.

Stacey's ex-boyfriend, Sam, told The Sun Online that he accused Kevin of being a "rat" and a "snake" in a FaceTime video call after discovering he had been dating his ex.

He blames Kevin for his break-up with girlfriend-of-five-years Stacey, who he said he was planning to propose to.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.

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Strictly Come Dancing has announced their sixth contestant and we are thrilled to see BBC Breakfast’s Mike Bushell will be strutting his stuff on the dancefloor this September.

Mike joins footballer David James, comedian Chris Ramsey, actress Emma Barton, YouTuber Saffron Barker and actress Catherine Tyldesley.

The presenter said he is ready for a new challenge, “I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’ve heard so many wonderful things from colleagues over the years so thrilled I’m now getting the chance.

“I know I will completely throw myself into the whole experience and I’m sure I will love it from start to finish,” said Mike.

The BBC Breakfast host added, “I may have tried and profiled over 500 sports over the years in my Saturday morning BBC Breakfast slot but I think the Strictly challenge could be the greatest. Bring on the glitter.”

Mike has profiled some of the biggest sporting events in recent years including the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Football World Cups, the Olympics and the Paralympics.

We certainly can’t wait to see him tackle the tango and cha cha cha on Strictly this September.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Strictly news later today.

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The fifth Strictly Come Dancing contestant has been revealed and we are very impressed. Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley is the latest celebrity to join the dance show.

The actress is best known for playing Eva Price on the ITV soap from 2011 to 2018.

Catherine joins comedian Chris Ramsey, footballer David James, actress Emma Barton and social media star Saffron Barker.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress gushed about her news, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’m a huge fan of the show. It’ll be my biggest challenge to date as I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ve always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right!”

The 15 Days star added, “I’m nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals. Hold onto your jazz shoes… mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!”

This year’s lineup is already one of the show’s best and we only know five names.

Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements from Strictly in the coming days.

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Strictly Come Dancing has finally started to reveal the 2019 lineup and we are loving it so far.

The dance show is set to return this autumn and have put together one of their best celebrity casts of all time.

EastEnders actress Emma Barton, best known for playing Honey Mitchell, will take to the Strictly dance floor this September.

Comedian Chris Ramsey and England footballer David James were also announced on The One Show last night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Social media star Saffron Barker was also confirmed this morning. Following in the footsteps of Joe Sugg, the YouTube phenomenon revealed she feels like she is living a dream.

“I’ve never been so excited and nervous for something in my entire life! This journey hasn’t even begun yet and I already feel like I’m in a dream!” she gushed.

Radio presenter Iain Lee let slip that Sam Allardyce, Jamie Laing and Anneka Rice would be taking part in the dancing series, but the BBC has yet to comment on this news.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Other rumoured contestants include Andy Murray, Catherine Tyldesley and Una Healy.

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winklemen will be back to present the show. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Professional dancer Motsi Mabuse will complete the judging panel. Motsi, who is the sister of pro-dancer Oti, previously worked on the German version of Strictly so she’ll fit right in.

We can’t wait for the rest of the lineup to be revealed. Who do you want to see on the show this year?

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Strictly season is officially kicking off, and the excitement has been building up every since the announcement that Oti Mabuse's sister will replace Shirley Ballas as a judge on the show.

28-year-old Latin dancer Nancy Xu will take the place of departing pro dancer Pasha Kovalev, which is another change to the regular line-up of pro dancers and judges.

The first three Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestants appear to have been accidentally leaked on TV ahead of the schedule today on Good Morning Britain.

Radio presenter Iain Lee was discussing the upcoming announcement on The One Show when he let slip that Sam Allardyce, Jamie Laing and Anneka Rice would be taking part in the BBC dancing series.

When hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway asked him about the news, Iain replied: "They are going to announce the first three people on a show called The One Show – it’s going to be Sam Allardyce, Jamie Laing and Anneka Rice."

Ben asked: "They are announcing it later and you have already announced it?" Iain wasn't overly worried, turning to the camera and saying; "Sorry One Show! Sorry Alex Jones!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ben then confirmed the names he'd been told, and Kate commented: "See Anneka I think will be good, Jamie will be good. You know Sam quite well."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Co-host Ben said that he knows Sam pretty well, saying; "Do you think he's got a quickstep in him?" Kate asked. Ben replied: "Undoubtedly!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show has denied that the Strictly professionals are worried that new judge Motsi will give 'preferential treatment' to her sister Oti Mabuse , who is a member of the dancing cast.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They fear that there will be bias when it comes to dishing out scores and that Motsi will go easy on her younger sister, 28.

Motsi and Oti have already been in a similar position when Oti was a pro on the German show for two series and and has already experienced being judged by her sibling.

“Motsi is totally impartial,” said a source. “She will be scrupulously fair, as she always was with Oti on the German version.”

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Amt Hart has slammed Maura Higgins for attempting to pressure Curtis Pritchard into having sex with her on TV.

The ex Love Island star left the villa after being dumped by the professional ballroom dancer, and can't stand watching him on the show ever since.

The 27-year-old has spoken out against Maura after Curtis rejected her advances in bed, leaving the Longford lass dissatisfied without any fun.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Irish grid girl complained to the girls afterwards that she wasn't getting any orgasms from Curtis, who said he'd been too tired for sex.

Amy, his former 'half-girlfriend' who he embarrassed on live TV, has jumped to his defence and said he'd always vowed not to have sex in the villa.

Speaking to The Sun Online at Kisstory in London, she said: "If she’s waited that long she can wait a couple of days more I think."

She continued;

"We’re all different people in that villa and if that’s what she wanted to ask him, well that is fine, she has been going on about how frustrated she is the whole time she has been in there. But there’s only a couple more days to go."

Many have speculated that Curtis won't go all the way on TV so that he can score a job on Strictly Come Dancing.

It was reported that he will not be returning to Dancing With The Stars Ireland, and will appear as a guest judge on Drag Race UK.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 23-year-old dancer was the subject of cruel headlines this week after he was rumoured to have requested new clothes as he can no longer fit into any of his original outfits.

Speaking to the Daily Star, a source said: “He had to ask for some new ones because he is struggling to fit into them now.

“Curtis normally burns off a lot of calories because he's a professional dancer, but obviously in the villa he's not been training."

That doesn't seem like anybody's damn business, plus how can anyone know his sizing when he's in an isolated villa? 

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AJ Pritchard has jumped to his brother's defence after last night's explosive episode of Love Island, where Anna Vakili branded Curtis Pritchard a 'narcissist'.

The pharmacist blasted fellow islander Curtis after he told her boyfriend Jordan Hames to pull India Reynolds aside to confess his feelings for her behind Anna's back.

Professional dancer Curtis encouraged Jordan to act on his emotions, even though Hames had only asked Anna to be his girlfriend two days previously.

Of course, the entire WORLD wondered what on earth Curtis was thinking when he gave Jordan that appalling advice.

Irish charmer Greg won the episode by asking him; "What was your thought process behind that?" The legend jumped out.

Anna was understandably raging at Curtis after she discovered what he'd done.

Maura was none too pleased with him when he couldn't tell her how he would act if he landed in the same situation as Jordan.

Curtis even told Maura that Jordan was BRAVE to confess his feelings to India. Why does anyone go to him for advice, honestly? His behaviour with Amy alone should have sent up red flares.

28-year-old Anna fumed at Curtis for his advice to Jordan last night, saying: "I just don't know if you are a good person really, because good people don't move like that.

"You move like you're such a good person and you're not. A good person would never say to anybody to do that to their other half," she continued.

"Do you not care about me a little bit? I have been living with you for the past two months, you obviously don't care about me. You're a narcissist, that's my opinion of you." YES BISH.

After hearing Anna’s comments, Curtis’ younger bother, Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard took to Twitter to leap to his defence.

The 24-year-old seemed to suggest that Anna did not truly understand the meaning of the word. He wrote: “Does Anna know the definition of narcissistic?

"Narcissist: Having or showing an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one's physical appearance. #loveisland @loveisland.” Shadier than a palm tree.

Maura Higgins also quizzed Curtis on the advice he gave out. saying; “So in this situation, if I was your girlfriend, you would do the same thing?”

"I don’t know what I’d do in that situation,” Curtis replied. “Oh wow,” Maura said, as she gets up to walk away from him, adding: “That’s great, that’s great”. The man needs to find the door.

What do you think, are you team Pritchard Bros or Team Anna/The Rest of the World?

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