Kevin Clifton has spoken about his Strictly Come Dancing exit earlier this year, saying that the only thing left for him to do on the show was to ‘dance with a man’.
Kevin left the show in 2020 for a role in Strictly Ballroom and to focus on his career in musical theatre, only for the pandemic to take hold and cause his upcoming projects to be cancelled.
Kevin, however, doesn’t have any regrets about leaving, and says dancing with a male partner was the only thing he didn’t get to do on the show.
Speaking to Huffington Post, Kevin said: ‘I still feel like it was the right time [to leave Strictly Come Dancing]… On my last year of the show, I said to them, “I am thinking about when’s the right time to leave”, because I’d done seven years on the show, and I sort of felt like I’d done everything that I wanted to do on the show.’
He added: ‘I said to them, “If I carry on for an eighth year, unless you go down the route of partnering me with a man, it’s sort of going to be a repeat of something I’ve already done”.
‘I’ve just turned 38, I didn’t want to do it just for the sake of being on TV… and I wanted to try and chase some other things that I really wanted to do, like theatre, which I really love doing.’
Kevin first joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. He won the show in 2018, taking part in the competition with Stacey Dooley, with the pair later revealing they were in a relationship.
The show welcomed its first same-sex couple this year, with Nicola Adams dancing with Katya Jones. The pair were forced to leave the competition early after Katya tested positive for Coronavirus.
The most recent series was the first in seven years that didn’t feature Kevin as one of the professional dancers. It was won by Bill Bailey and his professional partner Oti Mabuse.
Strictly Come Dancing is available to catch up with on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.