The roster of professional dancers for the upcoming season 20 of Strictly Come Dancing has been officially released.
The hugely popular BBC dancing competition is in the final stages of preparing for its inaugural season, which will air later this month on September 17. Now, we get our first look at the entire lineup of professional dancers.
Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przysta, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington, and Nancy Xu.
Oti Mabuse and Aljaz Skorjanec, fan favorites, will not be returning because they have officially left the show. This year's edition will feature some exciting new dancers.
Michelle Tsiakkas, a Latin dancer, has joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing in the United Kingdom as a new dancer, while Vito Coppola, an Italian dancer, has been awarded an 11-time Latin American medal.
Lauren Oakley, a former Under-21 British National Champion, has joined the team of China National Champion Carlus Gu, who has qualified for a world semi-finalist several times and was the second-place Amateur Latin Rising Star at the 2017 UK Open.
As usual, the professionals will be dancing alongside a number of famous faces, including singer Fleur East, TV presenter Helen Skelton, EastEnders actor James Bye, and Hollyoaks actor Will Mellor.
Molly Rainford, Kym Marsh, Kaye Adams, Richie Anderson, Ellie Simmonds, Tyler West, Matt Goss, Ellie Taylor, Tony Adams MBE, and Hamza Yassin are among the other celebrities to take part this year.
Bruno Tonioli, a former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, has been hoped to take part in the judging quadruple of Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, and Anton Du Beke.
Rose Ayling-Ellis, an EastEnders actress, won the show for the first time in deaf history this year.
Strictly Come Dancing is now available on BBC One.
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