Simon Rimmer: Sunday Brunch host reveals what Karen Clifton is REALLY like on Strictly

Simon Rimmer, 55, appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, partnered with Karen Clifton, in a series alongside celebrities including Gemma Atkinson, 34, Joe McFadden, 43, and Mollie King, 31. In an exclusive interview with, the Sunday Brunch host spilled on what it was really like working with professional dancer Karen, 37. He said she has become a good friend and the pair have stayed in contact since the series came to an end. The TV chef spilled: “I’m still very much in touch with her [Karen].

She’s very intense

Simon Rimmer

“She’s a proper lass. She’s very intense. You know, all the pro-dancers are. They are 100 per cent professional and they push you. They think you can do a little bit, they want to push you to do that little bit more.”

The father-of-two also revealed the one thing the pair had in common which made for the perfect partnership for the dancing show.

Simon revealed Karen “loves her food” which made it a “joyous” pairing for the two.

He divulged: “The fact that she loves her food and to be partnered with a chef was joyous.

“You have this misplaced thought that [the pro’s] are not going to eat anything.

“You think they’re just living off grapes but she loved her food because you’re exercising so much. I lost a stone and a half on the show.”

Despite this, he has never actually put his culinary skills to the test and cooked for his Strictly partner.

Simon said: “She came to one of the restaurants, so my team cooked for her, so I never did.

“It’s a joke we still have now that she’s cooked for me more than I’ve cooked for her.”

He continued: “She made me a bit of toast once. She did actually cook for me. She put the toast in the toaster.”

Simon became the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly two years ago, after finding himself in the dance-off against Mollie and dance partner, AJ Pritchard.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Brunch presenter and restauranteur has recently been announced as the new brand ambassador for Hoover.

The partnership will see the TV chef promote the brand’s cooking credentials and showcase it’s variety of products.

Speaking about the move, Simon said: “Their products are innovative and are mainly known for their ‘hoovers’.

“But their cooking line is great and they’re some really good products available.”

Sunday Brunch continues today at 9.30am on Channel 4, while Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to BBC One later this year.

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