Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton has proudly revealed that his nickname is Tinkerbell.
The professional dancer, 36, who won the 2018 series of the BBC dancing series with Stacey Dooley – who he now is dating – has come clean that he is compared to the narcissistic and manipulative fairy from the story of Peter Pan who needs attention to stay alive.
Kevin did not mind sharing on his Disney cartoon counterpart – who was based on the character from J.M Barrie’s 1904 play and the novel Peter and Wendy – during an appearance on BBC Sounds’ Don’t Tell Me The Score, according to The Sun.
He boldly admitted: “This is where the Tinkerbell thing comes from. If they are not clapping me then I am going to die.
“I wanted to be celebrated as this winner, and for everyone to tell me how good I am because I needed that. And I am still trying to let go of that.”
Kevin’s Strictly journey ended on week two on the current series after he and partner Anneka Rice, 61, were axed.
It comes after Kevin was reportedly overheard moaning “I told you so” to fellow dancers when he was booted off the show.
The dancer and his partner Anneka 61, failed to impress judges when they come up against David James and his partner Nadiya Bychkova in the dance-off.
It’s claimed last year’s winner was embarrassed because he was defeated so early in the competition with the broadcaster.
A Strictly source told the newspaper: “Kevin adores Anneka as a person but professionally he knew his chances of making another final were over, especially as she’s struggled with injury and fitness.
“Going out in the second week was humiliating for him. In his eyes he’s ‘King Kev’ – and he’s done phenomenal routines with his previous partners.
“He’s got a friend for life in Anneka and he loved working with her. But this series is one he wants to forget.”
Kevin has an incredible track record on Strictly Come Dancing , having come runner-up on a number of years.
The choreographer has previously made the Strictly final with Frankie Bridge, Louise Redknapp and Susanna Reid.
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