Kevin Clifton hits back at claims Strictly is pretending to be live as viewers spot change

Kevin Clifton: Strictly Come Dancing needs an intimacy coordinator

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Strictly Come Dancing broadcasts live to the nation on Saturday evenings. On the same night, the results show is recorded, however it’s not aired until the following day. Noticeably, presenters Tess Daly, 52, and Claudia Winkleman, 49, and the judges change their clothes for the episode, while the dancing participants predominantly remain the same.

Following the results episode on Sunday, many suggested that the show was pretending to be live.

Twitter user Amanda Thompson wrote: “I do find it a bit weird that everyone gets changed and pretends it’s a different night.

“We all know it’s later on the same night and televised the next day. Not sure why they make out otherwise. Nobody minds.

“I’m happy to have a weekend full of Strictly.”

In view of his 249,000 followers, Kevin Clifton replied: “But that’s the thing. Nobody makes out otherwise.

“Nobody comes out sayin ‘tonight, this is live, it’s Sunday today’.(sic)

“Tess/Claudia/judges also never say ‘last night’ on the Sunday show. Nobody is pretending.”

The professional dancer also slammed a claim that celebrities had referred to the live show as “last night” when interviewed on the results episode. 

He hit back saying: “They don’t say ‘last night’. They’re not allowed as it’s not true. Cos nobody is pretending it’s live.

“They say ‘on Saturday night’ cos it’s true. If they say ‘tonight’ people would write in sayin ‘we know it’s not tonight (Sunday)’.”(sic)

The 38-year-old went on to query why the concerns were so important.

He added: “The Chase isn’t live either but nobody needs to talk about it.”

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Kevin continued to say that people made the assumption every year, adding: “Most TV isn’t live.”

It’s not the first time the dancer has defended the show during the current series.

On Saturday, he hit back at a Strictly viewer who claimed the competition was “too PC”.

He replied: “Shame cos from what I’m hearing from pretty much everyone (even people who sometimes criticise) this was one of the best eps @bbcstrictly has ever done.”(sic)

The professional dancer left the show in 2019, but has since returned to Strictly: It Takes Two to share his expertise.

During his time in the competition, he won with his now girlfriend Stacey Dooley in 2018.

The couple lifted the Glitterball trophy after an intense final against; Joe Sugg, Faye Tozer and Ashley Roberts.

After the 2019 series, he revealed he was leaving the show to fulfil other work commitments.

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