Strictly’s Karen Clifton accused of ‘acting’ by former partner Simon Rimmer

A triumphant Karen Clifton broke down in tears on Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing after receiving her first ever 10 from the judges.

However, it’s been somewhat bittersweet watching her success this year with Charles Venn for her former dance partner Simon Rimmer .

The TV chef has repeatedly been teased by his Sunday Brunch co-star Tim Lovejoy, 50, because he wasn’t able to get Karen past Week 6 in the 2017 series.

Simon, 55, never made it to the sought-after Blackpool edition of the show – halfway through the series – with his highest score with Karen being a 19.

Following her samba with Charles on Saturday, Karen was overcome with emotion when they received a top score of 38, including two 10s from Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli.

Strictly's Karen Clifton accused of 'acting' by former partner Simon Rimmer

Simon Rimmer was unimpressed by Tim Lovejoy’s ribbing on Sunday Brunch
(Image: Channel 4)

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Speaking on today’s Sunday Brunch, Tim quipped: "They decided to do this year the same as last year – to take all the good dancers to Blackpool. Last year, Karen didn’t make it to Blackpool, this year she did and boy was she happy.

"She’s got this dancer with really nice abs, have you seen him?"

Playing footage of Karen and Charles’ reaction to the scores, Tim added: "Look how happy she looks!"

Strictly's Karen Clifton accused of 'acting' by former partner Simon Rimmer

Karen Clifton broke down in tears as getting a 10 with Charles Venn
(Image: BBC)

Strictly's Karen Clifton accused of 'acting' by former partner Simon Rimmer

Yesssss! Karen jumps for joy as she receives her score
(Image: BBC)

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Simon joked: "She’s just acting, she’s just acting, she’s really disappointed."

Venezuela-born pro-dancer Karen, 36, was thrilled because it was her first 10 on the series since she joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing seven years ago.

She has previously reached the final with TOWIE star Mark Wright in 2014, although their top score together was 36.

Strictly's Karen Clifton accused of 'acting' by former partner Simon Rimmer

Tim teased Simon about not making it to Blackpool
(Image: Channel 4)

Strictly's Karen Clifton accused of 'acting' by former partner Simon Rimmer

Karen and Simon danced together for six weeks on the 2017 series
(Image: BBC)