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Former Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton has told BBC bosses he’d consider a return to the popular show after the pandemic hammered his earnings.
The 38 year old professional dancer left the show in March after seven years to focus on his West End career.
However, after the coronavirus led to lockdowns his theatre work all but dried up as more and more venues shutdown.
An insider told The Sun: “Kevin’s had conversations with the BBC and said he’d consider returning to the show in the future.
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“He absolutely loves Strictly and is still a massive fan of the show.
"There was no bad blood between anyone when it came to Kevin’s departure and he’d be welcomed back with open arms if he wanted to return.
“Strictly was a massive part of Kevin’s life and it’s been great for him to know the door has been left open.”
It was just last month that Kevin revealed that he regretted quitting Strictly when he did because of how the pandemic affected his career.
The dancer was set to play the leading role in judge Craig Revel Horwood’s new production, Strictly Ballroom, just before the virus struck.
Kevin, who won the show with his now girlfriend Stacey Dooley, 33, in 2018, said: “I think if I’ve learned anything it’s you never close the door.
"You just don’t know how things are going to go. I thought I was going to be on stage all year and all of a sudden that’s not happening anymore.”
Kevin has already been involved in the most recent series after Maisie Smith revealed he'd reached out to her to offer support after finding herself in the dance off two weeks in a row.
The pair danced together – and won – the show’s Children in Need special last year, and Maisie said Kevin had been one of the many famous faces sending her supportive messages after she and her partner Gorka Marquez had to take on the dance off for a second time.
She explained: "I've had so many messages from previous Strictly contestants and even Kevin just saying: 'Don't take it personally, don't worry about this, this happens to everyone on the show'.
"Everyone goes through up and downs so I'm not letting it get to me. We are still here and we're going to power through."
The EastEnders actress continued: "I'll be honest, I think I was actually more upset that I kind of felt guilty because I felt like I was the one that ended Max [George] and Dianne's [Buswell] journey on the show and the same with Caroline [Quentin], that was what hit me more.
"But in regards to the bottom two, I think it can happen to anyone. That's the whole point of the show, you have no idea who's going to be in the bottom two.
"Every week everyone's like: 'What?!' You have no idea who it's going to be. It is hard because no-one is expecting it, no-one wants it to be them."
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