Serious star Kevin Clifton says working out for The Games makes him fitter than ever
Getting Serious About Dancing Kevin Clifton Begins Olympic Preparations By Working With A Personal Trainer After Christmas
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Former fan favorite Kevin Clifton says training for ITV show The Games has made him fitter than ever.
Nicknamed “Kevin from Grimsby” by Sir Bruce Forsyth, the star began preparing for the show by working with a personal trainer after Christmas.
“I think I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been — dancing included,” he said. “People keep saying ‘oh you’re a dancer, you’re going to be great’ but I’m not sure how the paso classic translates to any of this.”
The twelve stars will participate in 10 events including diving, hurdles, cycling, swimming and gymnastics, all of which will be televised.
However, Kevin, 39, admits that he has had some problems.
“Cycling is a real problem for me,” he confesses. “I had a BMX when I was a boy, I used it all the time but never had an adult bike and dancing just dominated.”
He said he needed a lot of help from his cyclists to stay on track during practice at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London. “They said it was like riding a bicycle but – I dismissed the theory,” he laughs.
His TV presenter girlfriend Stacey Dooley, 35, found the idea of him doing the dive, Tom Daley style, very amusing.
“She thought it was hilarious that at some point the camera would go through and I would be standing there in my Speedos,” Kevin said.
He says that since leaving the BBC dance series he has been invited to many reality shows, but this is the show that excites him the most. “MasterChef could be easier, but I can’t cook either,” he laughs.
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“This year I turn 40 and feel like I want to do things that are outside of my comfort zone. It can be a midlife crisis but I have to show these young people ‘don’t know how it’s done.’
He hopes that he can leave the ITV sports competition unharmed and does not rule out a return to the Serious with dance in the future. When asked if he would consider being a judge, he said: “I really enjoy it, I think that would be great – if I could just ride a bike for once without having to finish. his career.”
Hosted by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, the Olympics will also feature Alex Scott as a correspondent and Chris Kamara as a commentator.
Holly said she is looking forward to the show airing every night next week.
“I like live TV,” she said. Any other TV I produce that doesn’t stream just doesn’t get that excitement. It doesn’t always go right. What could go wrong?”
- The Olympics will be broadcast on ITV, Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13 at 9pm.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/strictly-star-kevin-clifton-says-26852646 Serious star Kevin Clifton says working out for The Games makes him fitter than ever