Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Kevin Clifton admits Susannah Reid is having an ‘information overload’

by Lisa McGarry

Kevin Clifton

Kevin Clifton has admitted that dancing hasn’t come as easy as some people may have expected to his new Strictly Come Dancing partner.

The 30 year old professional dancer joined the lineup on the BBC show for the first time this series and so far, he’s been delighted with the reception he’s received. On last week’s launch episode he was paired with BBC Breakfast presenter Susannah Reid but he revealed that now that practice sessions have started, the brunette beauty has been finding things a little tough.

The new duo entered the dance studio for the first time at the beginning of this week and while Kevin holds high hopes for Reid, he told ThisIsGrimsby:

“The first few days have just been mental, it’s a little bit exhausting.”

“We’ve just been focusing on choregraphy for the first couple of days and it has just been a bit information overload for Susannah so far.”

“I was really pleased to get Susannah though, I definitely saw a spark in her.”

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Kevin was worried about who he’d be paired with but in the end, he couldn’t have wished for a better partner and added:

“I was a bit nervous as I was down to the last two on stage to find out who I would have but in the end I was so relieved.

“I’m loving every minute of it…”

Susannah has a lot of her plate at the moment, because as well as rehearsing in London every day, she also has to make the trip to Salford, where she fronts the daily BBC Breakfast instalments.

That’s a lot of train journeys and a lot of travelling and Kevin really admires his new partner’s stamina and determination and continued:

“I really don’t know how she does it, she must be exhausted.

“She is so hard on herself on the dancing, she wants everything to be right and if not she gets mad with herself.

Susanna Reid

“Maybe she’s a little bit too harsh on herself, but it is good in a way.

“She has done really well so far though, especially as her job entails sitting on a settee interviewing people.”

Clifton seemed happy with his first day of training with Susannah this week and he tweeted his fans saying:

“Great first day of training. @susannareid100 is a real hard worker. Very happy :)”

Reid tweeted:

“Thanks for the training @keviclifton … Back for more tomorrow #strictly”

Are you looking forward to seeing Susannah and Kevin on Strictly Come Dancing? Leave your comments below….

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!

1 Comment

  1. Keith and Judy Clifton on September 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    As Kevin’s parents we know that if he works as hard as when we asked him to tidy his bedroom he and Susanna are are not going to break sweat! However, if he works like he did at school, in competitions and on Broadway and in the West End then have no doubts, they will be contenders. Overjoyed with his partner and like all parents very proud.

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