Kevin Clifton didn’t think he’d win Strictly

Kevin Clifton didn’t think he’d win Strictly

Kevin Clifton thought there was "no chance" he and Stacey Dooley would win ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
The 36-year-old professional dancer was partnered with television presenter Stacey, 31, on the sixteenth series of the BBC ballroom show, and brought home the prestigious glitterball trophy after a gripping public vote last month.
However, Kevin appeared on Monday’s episode of ‘This Morning’ (14.01.19) and said: "I was so excited. It was amazing because I didn’t expect it at all.
"My parents were sat to the left of us and I thought because we were bottom of the judges leaderboard and Craig had hammered us a bit, I thought, ‘Well there’s no chance we’re gonna win’.
"I actually looked over to my mum and dad and gave them a little ‘Oh well there’s that then’, and they gave me one back because they didn’t think we were gonna win either so we just had this little moment.
"Me and Stace are stood there not even bothered, cool as a cucumber, we didn’t think we were gonna win and when Tess said ‘Stacey and Kevin’, my mum and dad shot up and started screaming and my knees gave way and I dropped to the floor."
Kevin’s sister, Joanne, 35, is also a professional dancer on ‘Strictly’ and won the celebrity series back in 2016 with her partner Ore Oduba, in the public vote, beating fellow finalists Louise Redknapp and Danny Mac.
The 2018 winner – who won’t be part of the show’s annual live tour due to other work commitments – revealed that dancing has been in his family for generations, and said he and his sibling would be joining their parents’ school.
Kevin added: "Dancing has been in our family for years, even my nan was the quick step champion of Hemel Hempstead, it’s a whole family thing. Now me and Jo are looking to teach in our mum and dad’s dance school…
"I’m not doing the ‘Strictly’ tour because I’ve joined the cast of the musical ‘Rock Of Ages’. I fell in love when I saw it in 2009 in New York. It’s my favourite musical."