2019 Professional Dancers Revealed

The BBC in the early hours of this morning revealed the professional dancers who will be taking part in the 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Barring the departure of Pasha announced a few weeks ago there isn’t really any other major changes to speak of with the following pros all returning from previous series

Picture BBC

AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones and Oti Mabuse all return as professionals in 2019 although with 17 pros announced it is probable that not all of them will be paired with a celebrity as usually 15 celebrities take part in a series.

Speaking to the BBC Sarah James, Executive Producer, BBC Studios had this to say about the line up: “We are delighted that this year’s line-up of professional dancers for Strictly Come Dancing is full of familiar faces and fan favourites. This amazing cast of incredibly talented world class professional dancers have provided Strictly with some of its most memorable moments over the years and with more exciting announcements to come, plus world renowned choreographer Jason Gilkison also returning to the team, Strictly 2019 promises to continue to wow viewers with unforgettable performances as we welcome this dazzling line up of pros back to the ballroom.” 

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New 2017 Pros Revealed

The BBC have today revealed three new female pros to join the Strictly 2017 professional dancer lineup. Without further ado, the new pros are:

Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova and Amy Dowden

Dianne is a Australian Open champion and four time finalist in the Amateur Australian Open. She has also appeared on the Australian version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing With The Stars and has been part of Burn The Floor In Broadway since 2011. Speaking to the BBC she said: “What an honour it is to be a part of Strictly Come Dancing! Words can’t describe how excited I am to take on this amazing challenge and give it my everything! See you on the dance floor!”

Nadiya is a Ukranian dancer and a two time World Champion and European Champion in Ballroom and Latin “10” Dance. She has also appeared in the Bosnian version of Strictly. Speaking to the BBC she said: “I’m extremely happy to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family this year. One of my biggest dreams is to be part of this great show and I can’t wait to get started!”

Amy is from Wales and has been dancing since the age of 8. She is the current British National Champion and one of the highest ranking Ballroom and Latin dancers in the UK. Speaking to the BBC she said: “Becoming a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has made my wildest dreams come true, it does not feel real! I have always been proud of my Welsh roots and feel so honoured to be the first Welsh professional dancer on the most loved show on TV!”

Dianne, Nadiya and Amy replace Joanne Clifton (?), Oksana Platero (?) and already announced departing pro Natalie Lowe. They will be joining returning pros Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Neil Jones, Pasha Kovalev, Gorka Marquez, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and AJ Pritchard; alongside Karen Clifton, Chloe Hewitt, Katya Jones, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse.

Newly departing pro Joanne said to the BBC: “Being part of the Strictly experience has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I will miss the show so much. It’s been a tough decision but I am looking forward to facing new challenges and focusing on my musical theatre career.”

Oksana had this to say: “I just want to say thank you to everyone involved with Strictly. Last year was my first season and I had an unforgettable time working alongside such amazing dancers and an even better time with Judge Rinder. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I will never forget it. Thank you so much for the memories.”

You can read the full BBC Press Release here. What do you think of the new pros, the departing pros and the full new lineup. As always let me know right here in the comments or over on Facebook or Twitter

Strictly 2015 Launch Show Spoilers

Time to reveal our first spoiler of the year (not counting the 4 times I revealed contestants before the BBC) and reveal what the BBC won’t be telling you until the not live launch show on Saturday Night and that is just which professional dancer has been partnered with which celebrity. So here are the partnerships:

Peter Andre – Janette Manrara
Jay McGuiness – Aliona Vilani
Ainsley Harriot – Natalie Lowe
Iwan Thomas – Ola Jordan
Anthony Ogogo – Otlile Mabuse
Daniel O’Donnell – Kristina Rihanoff
Jeremy Vine – Karen Clifton

Helen George – Aljaž Skorjanec
Georgia May Foote – Giovanni Pernice
Jamelia – Tristan MacManus
Kirsty Gallacher – Brendan Cole
Kellie Bright – Kevin (from Grimsby) Clifton
Anita Rani – Gleb Savchenko
Katie Dermam – Anton Du Beke
Carol Kirkwood – Pasha Kovalev

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Who will win Strictly Come Dancing 2015? (Pre Launch)

  • Peter and Janette (24%, 21 Votes)
  • Kirsty and Brendan (15%, 13 Votes)
  • Helen and Aljaž (14%, 12 Votes)
  • Iwan and Ola (13%, 11 Votes)
  • Kellie and Kevin (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Georgia and Giovanni (9%, 8 Votes)
  • Katie and Anton (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Jay and Aliona (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Jamelia and Tristan (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Anthony and Otlile (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Anita and Gleb (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Carol and Pasha (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Ainsley and Natalie (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jeremy and Karen (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Daniel and Kristina (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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