Brendan Cole ‘will earn six-figure sum’ playing Prince Charming in festive panto following Strictly exit

Brendan Cole's first post Strictly gig is in Snow White panto production

Brendan is set to play Prince Charming in a Snow White panto, according to reports (Picture: Getty)

He was sensationally axed from Strictly Come Dancing earlier on this year as the show continued to shake things up.

But Brendan Cole has found a new role to keep him occupied this autumn and winter, as he’s reportedly landed a top role in a Snow White panto.

The 42-year-old pro dance has been cast as the ever-charming er… Prince Charming in a production in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, according to The Sun. And, what’s more, he’s reportedly waltzing away with a six-figure sum… Read the full story

Strictly’s Karen Clifton ‘hasn’t given up’ on marriage to Kevin admitting they could get back together…

*PLEASE* get back together!

Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton in Instagram photo, November 2017

Karen Clifton has given hope to all who were devastated by the breakdown of her marriage to husband Kevin – she ‘hasn’t given up’ on the possibility of a reunion.

The Strictly Come Dancing pro, who announced her marriage split last month, admitted that she is hopeful that taking a break from their relationship will help them to get back on track.

Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton

‘It’s important to be open to all possibilities. I haven’t given up on it. I saw my parents break up and I didn’t like it,’ she told the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine.

‘I think the best thing for now is to behave like adults and take a break.

‘He can go his way, take care of what he needs to take care of, and I’ll do the same.’

She added: ‘You never know what’ll happen; maybe even in a couple of years… it’s just that right now this is what we need.’

The couple confirmed that their marriage of three years was over in March, after months of speculation.


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The pair revealed the news during a live interview on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 breakfast show.

During the interview, Kevin admitted: ‘Privately we are not together anymore but professionally we are stronger than ever before.’

He added: ‘We’re still the best of friends – we still have a lot of love and respect for each other.

‘What we’ve found is that since we’ve been honest with each other it’s unlocked our creativity.’

Kevin also touched on the importance of being honest about their relationship status in an interview with Hello!

‘It was important to be honest about everything. I think there is a lot of pressure on people to be perfect all the time, and so there is this fairytale image of everything, but at the end of the day we are just like other people. We never want to pretend to our fans or to anybody,’ he revealed.

‘…Or to ourselves,’ Karen added.

Let’s hope Karen and Kevin’s marriage gets back on track!

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‘Contestants should be given a choice’: Claudia Winkleman backs same-sex couples for Strictly Come Dancing

Claudia Winkleman backs same sex couples for Strictly

Clauida Winkleman has backed same sex partnerships on Strictly (Picture:Getty/Rex)

Strictly Come Dancing is one of the most popular shows year in, year out. Though over recent years it’s found itself at the centre of a debate.

‘Should there be same-sex couples on the dancefloor?’

And now the show’s co-host Claudia Winkleman has given her backing to celebrity contestants being able to choose if they dance with a member of the same gender.

Addressing the debate in a recent interview, the BBC favourite, 46, said that the stars of the show ‘should be given that choice’.

Karen Clifton sparks reunion rumours with Kevin as she admits ‘I haven’t given up on it’

Karen is open to all possibilities (Picture: WireImage)

Karen and Kevin Clifton confirmed last month that they were splitting up after nearly three years of marriage.

Their relationship came under scrutiny last year, with rumours that Karen, 36, had a fling with accountant Stuart Wood.

And the pair announced they were ‘privately not together anymore’, despite still dancing together on tour.

However, it looks like there still may be hope for the Cliftons.

Strictly’s Karen and Kevin Clifton make a BIG statement amid those ‘divorce’ rumours…

What does this mean for the couple?

They might have been at the centre of split rumours for months but Karen and Kevin Clifton have just sent out a pretty big statement at a starry event.

The Strictly Come Dancing couple put on a united front as they attended a do honouring the late Bruce Forsyth at the London Palladium on Wednesday night, where they smiled as they posed for photos with their arms around each other.


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At one point Karen, 35, was seen holding onto Kevin’s arm whilst they walked near fellow Strictly star Giovanni Pernice.

The duo have also remained defiant on social media, with both sharing a short video on Wednesday of them dancing together ahead of their upcoming tour.

In the footage Karen beams as she spins and lands into Kevin’s arms.

The dancer shared a quick clip with Kevin, 35, on Instagram Stories too where she explained that they ‘can’t wait’ for fans to see what they’ve been working on.

Kevin remained silent in the video but smiled and gave a thumbs-up to the camera.

Fans have voiced their excitement at seeing the couple together, with one commenting on Instagram: ‘so happy to see you both together again please don’t spit up’

Another referenced the ongoing split rumours by adding: ‘It must b tough for both of you but keep going’

It comes after reports emerged earlier this month claiming that Karen and Kevin could be heading for divorce following months of speculation about their relationship.

A source told The Sun: ‘Karen is extremely upset about the whole situation and is really struggling to accept that everything is over.

‘She has been pleading with Kevin to give things another go but he’s made it clear that he’s not interested and doesn’t want them to patch things up.’

However, just last month Karen insisted that the pair are ‘happy’ despite the rumours.

‘We are in an amazing family show on Strictly and at the end of the day we love what we do,’ she told the Sunday Mirror’s Talk TV. ‘People are going to be interested but at the end of the day we are happy.’

Fingers crossed everything is okay between these two!

Strictly’s Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson have finally stopped hiding their romance

Gemma Atkinson and Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez are definitely not hiding their romance anymore.

After solidifying their relationship with a loving Valentine’s picture to mark the special day, the pair have shared yet another couply post to put fans out of their misery.

The two haven’t been shy about flaunting their newfound romance on Instagram, as they enjoy a loved-up getaway together.

Yesterday Gorka posted a picture of them enjoying a sunbathing session on the beach captioning it: ‘Fridays by the sea!’.

The couple were glowing and looked relaxed and happy – and they should be, as they finally confirmed what we all pretty much knew by making their relationship official earlier in February. 

Earlier, the pair engaged in an arm wrestle, as Gemma uploaded a video to Instagram of them play fighting.

She captioned the snap: ‘Talking favourite films and I mention Stallone in “over the top” He told me in Spain they arm wrestle differently to us… I had a blonde moment and believed him…’

Gorka uploaded the same video but captioned it: ‘As if she believed we arm wrestle different in Spain… Bless you @glouiseatkinson.’

The pair have reportedly been dating since they met on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing last year – and of course, their fans quickly flooded the comment section to congratulate the pair.

Reports of Gemma and Gorka’s rumoured romance have been ongoing since the show started in September, but both parties previously denied the rumours.

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Loved up Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez get close as they mark Valentine’s Day with romantic photo

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez post romantic picture to mark Valentine's Day
Gemma and Gorka look very much in love on Valentine’s Day (Picture: Instagram/Gemma Atkinson)

Gemma Atkinson and Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez have solidified their relationship with a romantic Valentine’s picture to mark the special day.

Yes that’s right – unless you’ve been playing a good game of hide and seek, the focused love affair from last year’s Strictly Come Dancing has been made official.

After their relationship was confirmed earlier in February, Gemma took to Instagram to share a cute snap of the pair cuddling up to one another to mark the romantic day.

Captioning the Instagram post, Gemma wrote: ‘Here’s to many more kid. Happy Valentine’s Day @Gorka_marquez.’

It’s been a long time coming. After they were buddying up over dinner in January, and again being spotted sharing a kiss during the Strictly Live Tour rehearsals, they finally made their relationship official earlier in the month.

With what was possibly the worst kept secret, the pair made an announcement on Instagram.

Strictly's Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson finally confirm their romance with selfie
Yeah we all knew already, guys… (Picture: Instagram/Gemma Atkinson)

Following months of speculation the Strictly Come Dancing stars posted a very coupley image on Instagram with the caption: ‘You say what…?’

And of course, their fans quickly flooded the comment section to congratulate the pair. One happy fan wrote: ‘Thank Goodness this is now out! Saves taking a gooseberry everywhere with you! 🙂 xx’

‘WE ALL KNEW BACK WHEN STRICTLY WAS ON!!! HOORAY!!! its your fitness that’s sealed it!! Hooray!’ commented another.

Happy Valentine’s Day you two!

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