KEVIN CLIFTON has had ‘I love Glasgow’ tattooed on his foot on live television after making a pledge during the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The professional, who won the most recent series with Stacey Dooley, was paired with comedian Susan Calman for the previous one. The pair pledged they would get tattoo tributes to each other’s home towns if they made it as far as the Blackpool episode of the show and Calman has already had ‘I love Grimsby’ tattooed on her foot in honour of Clifton’s home.
He told ITV’s This Morning (above): ‘Susan Calman said live on air on Strictly, because we didn’t think we were going to make it as far as Blackpool at the time, that “if we make it to Blackpool then I am going to get a tattoo saying ‘I love Grimsby’ on my foot”.
‘I foolishly said, “If you do that I will get ‘I love Glasgow’ as a tattoo”.
‘And we made this pact, thinking that we weren’t going to make it as far as Blackpool, but then Susan was so brilliant and everyone loved her that we made it to Blackpool.’
Clifton, who will soon be seen on stage in a national tour of Rock Of Ages, showed off his tat, saying: ‘I’m really happy, at the moment I’m loving it. I think it looks really good actually.
‘When it first started I thought, “This is really, really painful, like the worst pain I’ve ever experienced” and then as it went on I started to get used to it and I’m going to go for broke now and have my arms done, my face. All tributes to Glasgow!’
Afterwards, Calman tweeted: ‘Well done @keviclifton! You did it! Now we have matching tattoos we must marry immediately. Or something like that. So proud of you mate.’
Meanwhile Strictly dancers Aljaz Skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez have announced a UK tour called Here Come The Boys, with 38 dates in June and July.
The show will be in a club setting, with a DJ spinning dancefloor anthems, club classics and guilty pleasures while the trio go to battle in Latin, ballroom, commercial and contemporary dance disciplines — with the audience judging the contest each night.
‘While we might all be the best of friends, the show’s competitive element means that there will be no love lost when we battle it out on the dance floor to win the audience vote — serious bragging rights are at stake!’ said Skorjanec.