Monday 17 December 2018

Kevin Clifton's father reveals why the dancer collapsed

Kevin Clifton's father Keith has discussed the moment his son won Strictly Come Dancing for the first time. 

The professional dancer's win was just as special to him as it was to his partner Stacey Dooley, as Kevin has made it into the final four times prior without scooping the prize.

So great was Kevin's reaction that he fell to the floor and lay motionless for several seconds, leaving Stacey to celebrate with Joe Sugg. 

Discussing the dramatic moment, Keith told Grimsby Live: His knees gave way. He was that relieved. It was shock and relief. It has been a long haul. 

'He had been in four previous finals. He was overjoyed, not just for himself but for Stacey too.
He put in 14-hour days throughout the series to try to make her a wonderful dancer.

'Stacey wanted to be the best she could be and he was prepared to help her all the way.'

Keith wasn't the only member of the Clifton family to speak out in support of Kevin, as the dancer's younger sister Joanne also gushed with pride over her sibling becoming champion.

Joanne, 35, who previously won the show with TV presenter Ore Oduba in 2016, shared a snap of the pair as children holding dancing trophies to social media along with photos of them holding their glitterball trophies.

She wrote on Instagram: 'We did it mum and dad! Thank you Stacey Dooley and Ore Oduba. #StrictlyChampions'. 


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