Wednesday 13 December 2017

Karen Clifton looking for Strictly partner to ‘enjoy the journey’

Her celebrity partner last year, Will Young, quit the show.

Karen and Will did well in the early weeks of the competition (Guy Levy/BBC)
Karen and Will did well in the early weeks of the competition (Guy Levy/BBC)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Clifton has said she is looking to team up with a celebrity who will “enjoy the journey”, 12 months after her partner Will Young quit the show.

The singer walked out just three weeks into last year’s series despite a strong start in the competition for the duo.

As TV chef Simon Rimmer became the seventh celebrity unveiled for the upcoming series, Clifton told the Daily Star On Sunday: “Whenever you’re on the show you’re hoping you’ll get someone who wants to be there.

Karen and Will on the dance floor (Guy Levy/BBC)

“Strictly is so loved and you want someone who is keen to learn and is ready for a new adventure.”

She described Young’s departure as a “difficult time”, adding: “This series I’m just hoping for a partner that’s fun and wants a good time and who will enjoy the journey – and be there.

“I’m looking forward to this year.

“I’d love to do as well as my partner wants to do. You always want to make sure your partner goes as far as they can. That’s what is important.”

Press Association

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