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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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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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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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The celebrity contestants are gearing up to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2019, but their identities have remained secret over the last few weeks.

The stars have once again been given hidden codenames to conceal their identities, and this year's theme has been unveiled: Superheroes.

According to HELLO! Magazine, the mix of stars include Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Mystique, Catwoman, Hulk, Captain America and Bananaman.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The celebrities will begin to be announced by the BBC in mid-August, as per the usual Strictly way.

Various stars rumoured to be involved include former The Saturdays singer Una Healy, Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar, I'm a Celebrity winner Harry Redknapp, Boyzone bandmate Keith Duffy, Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton, Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and Coronation Street actor Jack P Shepherd.

The professional dancers are expected to start rehearsals next week, which Diane Buswell let slip in mid-July on Sunday Brunch,

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"In less than two weeks the pros go back. The professionals do all the professional routines. So we have a month where we go in every day to learn a new dance and then we meet the celebrities. When I find out who my celebrity is, it's legit on camera and on TV, so it's very exciting."

Big changes are afoot on this years' show, with new judge Motsi Mabuse revealed just the other day. Motsi is the older sister of Strictly pro Oti Mabuse, and is taking over from Dame Darcey Bussell.

"I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel," she said. "I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can't wait to get started."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Former champion Ore Oduba, who lifted the Glitterball Trophy in the 2016 series with Joanne Clifton, spoke of the difficulties Darcey’s replacement Motsi will face:

“I think whoever they choose is someone who has that wealth of knowledge. These pros know what they’re talking about.

“You see them getting judged, it’s a very difficult world if you’re laying judgment on people who know more than you," he continued. “But all the pros respect each other."

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Strictly Come Dancing have announced their new judge and we are so thrilled for her.

The BBC confirmed that Motsi Mabuse will replace Darcey Bussell on the dancing show.

Motsi is a former German Latin Champion and South African Champion.

She has previously worked as a judge on Germany's version of Strictly called Let's Dance. She is also the sister of professional dancer Oti Mabuse.

Motsi Mabuse gushed about her new role: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started!”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says: “Motsi is a brilliant addition to the show. She is a wonderful dancer in her own right and already has years of experience as a judge under her belt. We’re all looking forward to welcoming her to the Strictly family.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly says: "I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show. Motsi's natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel."

Motsi will join fellow judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli when Strictly Come Dancing returns this autumn.

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Love Island and Strictly Come Dancing stars have been left "shaken up" after leaving celebrity nightclub Tape just MINUTES before a triple stabbing.

Familiar faces such as Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones and Megan Barton Hanson were among those who narrowly missed the horrific attack in London’s Oxford Street in the early hours of Sunday.

It was Love Island alumni Ellie Brown's 21st birthday, which was why a host of reality TV celebrities were in attendance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Strictly stars Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones and her husband Neil were there in order to celebrate Aljaz Skorjanec’s 28th birthday.

A Love Island source told The Sun: “They have been really shaken up and can’t help but think ‘what if’ had they left a bit later."

“Their night could have ended very differently if they had stayed at the nightclub. It has definitely prompted questions about security for some of the group.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Oti, who is also a captain on BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer, brought Graziano Di Prima, Pasha Kovalev and Nadiya Bychkovaening to Tape following their dance performance that night.

Fellow captain Cheryl Tweedy went straight home after filming, but her dancer co-stars left Tape between 2am and 2.50am.

ITV2’s Love Island celebrities exited later, just a few minutes before the street stabbing took place at 3.40am. Laura Anderson left 15 minutes earlier while Megan Barton Hanson and Charlie Brake left at around 3.30am.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Love Island stars Zara McDermott and Ellie Brown, who celebrated her 21st birthday, exited the nightspot at roughly he same time.

Three men suffered stab and slash wounds in the chaotic attack; blood could be seen at the scene outside the pavement yesterday.

The Met Police said that all three 24-year-old men are now recovering in hospital, and their injuries are not lif-threatening. A spokesman added: “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

“Two males have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The statement continued,"They are currently in custody at central London police stations.”

The near-miss for the reality TV stars comes only two months after Strictly professional dancer AJ Pritchard and his dancer brother Curtis were beaten up by eight men at a Cheshire nightclub.

The ballroom dancer later hired personal security.

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Strictly’s AJ Pritchard and his brother Curtis were brutally attacked in a Cheshire nightclub.

The two boys were both home for the holidays visiting their parents’ home in Stoke-on-Trent when the incident occurred.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They decided to head out to a nightclub in Nantwich, Cheshire (a place they had frequented in the past) with a group of friends.

On the dance floor, AJ was receiving the usual attention he gets from female Strictly fans when a group of men became aggressively jealous.

The brothers believe it was this jealous rage that triggered the surprise beating.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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AJ told The Sun: “We were dancing as a group and, out of the blue, Curtis was violently pushed from the side. It all happened so quickly.

“Suddenly, we were surrounded by about eight blokes. He stuck his arms out to try and stop them and moved in front of me. But we were punched and kicked from all angles.

“We had no time to defend ourselves, by the time we even put our hands up we were being punched and kicked.

“It was like a scene out of a movie, with all the aggression and violence. Nothing like this had ever happened to us before.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Curtis saw four lads grab AJ when he quickly intervened to save his brother.

The dancing star threw himself between the thugs and AJ, taking the brute force of the attack as he was punched and kicked multiple times.

“Because my arms were down trying to protect AJ and push him back, a massive hook came at my face and hit me in the right eye,” Curtis explained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Seconds later a second hook came again and hit me in the same place on my right eye. That’s when my legs turned to jelly and I went down and blacked out.

“It was terrifying. I didn’t know what was happening.”

As security moved in to stop the attackers, AJ dragged his brother away from the danger.

Hit in both eyes, his nose, lips, and legs – AJ described Curtis as a swollen mess and was worried about his brother’s condition.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The only thing on Curtis’ mind was the state of his knee, he could feel the searing pain and could only hope that the injury wouldn’t end his dancing career.

The star’s fears have only worsened as plans for a knee operation have been made.

He was forced to pull out of Dancing With The Stars Ireland but is glad to have his family by his side for support.

AJ’s Strictly co-stars have sent messages of support for Curtis and the Strictly finalist, who was left with a swollen and bruised body and face.

We wish the best of luck to AJ and his brother on their road to recovery and hope the operation will save Curtis’ knee.

He made a valiant sacrifice by stepping in to save his brother.

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The Strictly lovebirds are looking forward to being reunited in the New Year.

It seems that the dancing duo are missing one another, as they spent Christmas apart.

However, they won't have to wait much longer to be reunited, if Dianne's Instagram is anything to go by.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Strictly babe uploaded a throwback pic to the Strictly finals.

Dianne simply captioned the snap: "soon", which could mean they will be ringing in the New Year together – ADORABLE.

Earlier this week, Dianne opened up about Joe and their relationship for the first time – and it's so mushy but amazing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After departing for Australia to spend the festive period with her family, the Strictly dancer shared a MEGA cute picture of the couple. 

The caption of the picture read: "When I was sat on Santa Suggs lap he asked me what I wanted for Christmas? My response was (apart from a tamagotchi ) I have everything that makes me happy already." 

"I honestly feel so so lucky I’m in Australia with the best family a girl could wish for …and I have a very special somebody waiting for me when I return to the UK," she added.

Anyone else feeling single AF right now? Just me?

Nah, but honestly, we couldn't be happier for the pair and they're just so cute together.

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It has been confirmed that professional dancers AJ and Curtis Pritchard were attacked by a gang of eight men on a night out in Cheshire.

The incident took place in a nightclub on the night of December 27.

According to The Sun, the eight men looked like they were ‘possessed’ and started to kick and punch both brothers in the face.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A source told the publication: “The brothers were having a relaxed evening with friends and AJ was posing for selfies with a few fans.

“But the eight lads took a disliking to the brothers and pushed Curtis hard. Then they started punching them, like they were possessed.

“Curtis had fallen to his knees and was being punched in the face and body. They were also punching AJ in his face, in his ribs and legs. AJ dragged Curtis out of the circle and pulled him to another part of the club,” they added.

AJ is currently recovering from severe cuts and bruises at his home. However, his brother, who is a professional dancer on Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars will need emergency surgery on his knee.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Curtis will no longer be able to take part in this year’s Dancing With The Stars. “As a result of the injuries sustained, he will not have recovered in time for the launch of the new series, which will air 6 January 2019. Dancing with the Stars wish Curtis a speedy recovery,” the show confirmed.

Fans and fellow dancers have been wishing both brothers well following the unprovoked attack.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Strictly Come Dancing pro-dancer Aljaz wrote: “So upset by the news about @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard!! Two lovely guys that mean no harm to anyone ever!! I can not believe it. To the thugs that did that.. shall we dance???? #fuming”

One fan said: “Absolutely sick and disgusting. Hope @Aj11Ace and Curtis are okay. Hope these animals get caught.”

Police confirmed that an investigation is underway.

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