Joanne Clifton details Strictly bosses’ concerns: ‘Didn’t want me around anyone else’

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Joanne Clifton, 36, shared that the producers of Strictly Come Dancing didn’t want her “around anyone else”, after she fell ill while filming for the series. The former professional dancer then had a “stand-in” for the group performance, while she rested at home.

They are strict on that

Joanne Clifton

The ballroom champ exclusively told “I had a stomach bug, and the second they (the producers) realised I had a stomach bug they sent me home, they didn’t want me around anyone else.

“Someone had to stand in to dance for me in the group dances – I know they are very strict on that.”

Joanne’s admission comes as social distancing is going to be implemented and the series is likely to be shorter than usual.

She reflected on the initial reports, saying: “I saw an article saying that they are going to make it shorter or something, they will definitely take all the precautions. 

“If I were still on it, they would probably only have me seeing the person I am paired with. The cameramen would be kept metres apart. “

She also spoke of contestants in quarantine for “two weeks” before they begin rehearsals.

Joanne continued: “There will be as little people as possible in the training room, they may have them in quarantine for two weeks before starting the show.

“I’ve read that there will be no audience, but I know there will be no risks. Of course, Strictly will want to give the best show that they can.

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“In my opinion, it’s the best show on TV, and we have got such a range of ages – literally everybody loves it.”

The Rocky Horror actress appeared on Strictly Come Dancing from 2014 to 2016.

She left the show after she and her partner Ore Oduba won the Glitterball trophy, beating out Louise Redknapp and Danny Mac in the grand final.

Joanne’s brother Kevin Clifton also appeared on the dance programme before leaving earlier this year.

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Since quitting Strictly, Joanne has continued to be busy in her professional career as she left ballroom behind for the world of theatre.

She divulged: “I’m busier now than I was before! I’m really busy doing a whole course, me, Katya Jones from Strictly and Sasha Latoya whose an actress, we’ve put together this course called Beyond Lockdown Empire.

“It’s basically just getting people ready for when they get out of lockdown, getting them motivated.

“We’ve written a book about it as well, which is going to be published, and I’ve been writing my musical, which is going to be published in July.” 

However, the star has not entirely ruled out a return to the show which made her a household name.

“I would never say never because it’s such a nice show to work on. My three years I was on it, I loved the pro dancers, the cameramen, the people behind the scenes, the production, even the makeup and hair people.

“It’s such a happy, nice place to be, when I was on it there were no egos. We all knew the main goals was to put on a heck of a good show, for the 12 million who were watching. It was everyone’s main goal.

“Never say never, but I am very happy on stage, it’s been a passion of mine since I was a little kid, and now I’m living it out.” 

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