Kevin Clifton details ‘problem’ for Dan Walker Strictly naysayers after furious backlash

Strictly: Kevin Clifton says there's a 'change' in Giovanni

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During his podcast The Kevin Clifton show, which provided his commentary on all the action from week nine, he revealed that naysayers had expected Dan Walker to fail and be eliminated last weekend, and had been surprised when he didn’t. “The general narrative was: ‘When is Dan gonna be eliminated?'” he observed.

The problem for everybody was that Dan had an absolute stormer of a weekend.

Kevin Clifton

“The problem for everybody was that Dan had an absolute stormer of a weekend.

However, they have still not landed a place in the much-dreaded bottom two.

Kevin appeared to believe that his performance had been likeable enough to avoid the dance-off in spite of any technical errors, much to the annoyance of some Strictly fans who thought they’d zoned in on a weakness.

After Sunday’s tense dance-off, Dan had tweeted: “I’m well aware that some people are furious that I’m still dancing, and that’s fine.”

He has also commented recently: “Please don’t shout at me! I’m having an amazing time, my kids are delighted and it’s only a TV show!

“For those asking, I don’t know who is voting for us… but we’re incredibly thankful to everyone who is.”

Written coverage summing up Kevin’s week nine podcast highlights explains: “As the show continues with each successive week, the talents and skills of the celebrities begins to refine, and therefore the competition becomes harder to call.”

In fact, Kevin has even claimed that when it comes to who should be eliminated next, he “doesn’t have a strong opinion” anymore as the entire line-up has proven to be so good.

“There was no obvious one that was the worst,” he explained.


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He also urged followers to “stop kicking off on social media” in indignation following his positive comments on the contestants.

Watching Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu perform their Jive to Footloose had inspired intense emotion in Kevin.

“I was backstage at Rock Of Ages [at the time],” he recalled, “and I immediately tweeted: ‘That is how you go about doing a jive’, because I loved it.”

However, he then turned his positive attention to Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden too, which he says prompted a deluge of angry comments from Twitter users due to his support of that dance partnership.

“‘Stop sending the hate towards Rhys!'” comments had read.

Kevin was forced to explain that he was merely appreciating his opponent’s technique and had just said how much he loved the performance from Nancy and Rhys.

“It’s got to a stage now,” he reiterated, “where there’s nothing that I dislike and they’re all [good].”

Emotions remain high amongst fans and critics alike as the competition continues.

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