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Strictly 2016 winner Ore Oduba to swap Joanne Clifton for Karen Clifton on the Strictly live tour

Ore Oduba will dance with Joanne's sister-in-law Karen when Strictly hits the road in 2017 – and Kevin Clifton is not amused

Published: Thursday, 22nd December 2016 at 8:00 am

Ore Oduba won Strictly Come Dancing with pro partner Joanne Clifton – but when it comes to the Strictly live tour, he's switching to her sister-in-law Karen Clifton.


The Cliftons are a family to be reckoned with in Strictly Come Dancing, but inevitably there's plenty of friendly rivalry between them.

Kevin Clifton finished runner-up to his sister Joanne and Ore in this year's show; now he'll have to watch his wife Karen dance with the man who beat him.

“I’ll be dancing with Ore on the tour," Karen revealed on the Chris Evans Show on Radio 2. "I’ll be dancing with the winner seeing as Kevin is the loser!”

Strictly dancer Kevin Clifton is married to fellow pro Karen. His sister Joanne won this year's Strictly with Ore Oduba

Karen, who was on the Radio 2 show with husband Kevin, couldn't help rubbing this particular fact in.

“Sorry! I’ll be dancing with somebody who’s actually got a glitterball!” she said.

Strictly pro Karen Clifton, wife of Kevin

Kevin added, “It’s awful. Karen is a world champion; my sister is a world champion. My mum and dad were world champions; my auntie is a world champion. I’m not a world champion.

"Come Strictly, Karen’s won the Children in Need special, my sister’s won the Christmas special and this year’s main show. And I just come second all the time!”

Kevin may be getting a bit of stick in the Clifton household, but his reaction when his sister won during the Strictly 2016 final shows that there are no hard feelings.


As for their parents? Well, to have three Strictly stars in one family would make any Mum and Dad proud.


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