Doubly exciting news for Strictly Come Dancing fans! HELLO! Online is proud to announce our new celebrity bloggers are popular husband and wife team, Karen and Kevin Clifton. The couple are preparing to embark on the new series of the show this week – and along the way will be keeping our readers up to date with behind-the-scenes news, sharing some Strictly secrets, and giving an insight into their married life.
"Kevin and I are really excited to be doing a blog for HELLO!" Karen said. "We can't wait to get started and chat about our new life as Mr and Mrs C, our on-and-off the dance floor adventures, and, of course, we can't forget about our glitterball gossip!"
Karen and Kevin Clifton are HELLO! Online's new celebrity bloggers
On Friday, the Strictly Come Dancing live shows will finally get underway, with both Karen and Kevin taking to the dance floor with their celebrity partners. Karen, 33, has appeared in three series of the BBC show now – partnering Nicky Byrne, Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers and most recently Mark Wright. This year, she is teamed up with Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine.
Kevin, meanwhile, made his Strictly debut in 2013 with Susanna Reid, and the pair danced their way into the finals. He came second again last year with The Saturdays’ singer Frankie Bridge, and will be hoping for similar success when he takes to the dance floor with EastEnders actress Kellie Bright.
This series is Karen and Kevin's first since tying the knot in a romantic ceremony in July. The couple were married at One Great George Street in Westminster, joined by friends, family and their Strictly co-stars – and HELLO! was there to capture their special day.
"Dancing in front of millions of people is way easier than this," nervous Kevin, 32, joked to the magazine, before saying of his bride: "I've never seen anything more beautiful in my life. Karen looked absolutely stunning."