BBC bosses are already preparing for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing, which is set to explode back onto screens later this year with a brand new celebrity contestant line up. While the famous faces set to put on their dancing shoes are yet to be confirmed, the professional dancers have been, and 2019 winner Oti Mabuse’s fate on the hit dancing competition has been confirmed.
Every year, the professional dancer line up sees a change, new faces join the show and old leave for new pastures.
Earlier this month, 2018 winner Kevin Clifton announced his exit, stating it was the right time for him to move on from the nation’s favourite dance competition.
Last year, Oti won for the very first time with former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, but will she be following in Kevin’s footsteps and leaving the show on a high?
Well, the BBC have revealed the professional dancer line-up for the 2020 series.
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AJ Pritchard returns alongside Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden and the King of Ballroom that is Anton Du Beke.
Dianne Buswell and Giovanni Pernice are also back, as well as Graziano Di Prima and Janette Manrara.
Last year saw Gorka Marquez snubbed a celebrity partner, so here’s hoping he will return to the dance floor and battle it out for the coveted Glitterball Trophy.
Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer and Katya Jones have also been signed for another year, alongside the relatively new Luba Mushtuk.
Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones, and Oti Mabuse seal the professional dancer line-up, but as for who will be taking part in the just the group dances and being on standby in case of injuries, BBC are yet to confirm.
Sarah James, Executive Producer, BBC Studios, says: “It’s wonderful to welcome back so many talented individuals within this year’s line-up of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers.
“They are each at the top of their game and as a cast are simply incredible. We can’t wait to see what magic they will bring to the ballroom this year.
“Strictly 2020 promises to be an unforgettable series, with more exceptional choreography and world-class dancing,” she added.
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Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, says: “We are very proud of Strictly Come Dancing and our professional dancers.
“They are undoubtedly in a class of their own and they’ll be back in force this autumn to put our class of 2020 through their paces, providing another series of unmissable TV!”
Further announcements and information, including which dancers will be partnered with celebrity contestants, will be announced in due course.
Last year also saw a change to the judging line up after Dame Darcey Bussell announced she was stepping away from her role on the panel.
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Instead, head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli was joined by Motsi Mabuse – Oti’s sister.
It can be presumed the four will be sitting back in their seats later this year.
As well as Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly presenting the main show, Zoe Ball and Rylan Clark-Neal will presumably be back on BBC Two.
Strictly Come Dancing returns this September to BBC.
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