Kevin Clifton speaks out on disagreeing with James Jordan ‘I remember him kicking off’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Strictly Come Dancing winner Kevin Clifton, 37, told listeners he disagreed with former co-star James Jordan, 42, as he claimed the latter said one dance technique was not so “clever” from a professional dancer’s perspective, in his magazine column. The BBC favourite opened up about the situation with his sister Joanne Clifton, 36, on his podcast The Kevin Clifton Show.
It came after his sister Joanne, who was one of Strictly’s professional dancers from 2014 until 2016, recalled a time where she wanted to make one of her routines more “simple” by adding in a Fleckerl.
A Fleckerl is a dance move often found in the Viennese waltz, where the dancer rotates on the spot instead of moving forward.
After she told Kevin, he recalled James having a problem with the step.
He began: “I remember, Oh, what’s his name? Kicking off about it. James Jordan.
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Kevin went on to share his expertise on the matter as he added: “So apart from the parts where you’re going to come out of the hold, and do sort of showy bits, which if you do too much of that you’ll get criticised for it anyway.
“You’ll be doing bars, and bars, and bars of natural turns, or bars, and bars, and bars of reverse turns, which is what most people do which is what most people do.
“Or, you can do bars, and bars, and bars with a Fleckerl.”
The dancer said: “You’re going to be doing repetition anyway in a Viennese.”
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Kevin then expressed his thoughts over what he initially thought of Jo’s “clever” input into the dance routine.
“I actually thought it was thinking outside of the box to do a Fleckerl,” he added.
Proceeding to explain, he shared: “Whilst someone has been a pro on the show might go, ‘Oh, it’s easy to just keep doing a Fleckerl, it’s only six steps and you keep repeating it.’
“That might be easy for a professional, but to keep going as a celebrity is a different ballgame.”
During Joanne’s time in the BBC competition, she partnered up with BBC’s Scott Mills in 2014’s series where they ended up in eleventh place.
She wasn’t given a partner in the following series, but won the Christmas Special with McFly star Harry Judd.
Before departing the programme in 2016, Jo lifted the Glitterball with presenter Ore Oduba.
Aside from Strictly, the professional dancer won the World Ballroom Showdance Championship in 2013.