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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Four new professional dancers announced ahead of new series

Strictly Come Dancing's new professional dancers
Meet Strictly Come Dancing’s four new professional dancers (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will welcome four new professional dancers later this year giving the former line-up a shiny revamp. 

It was recently confirmed that Janette Manrara will not return to the BBC One series this autumn after eight years as a pro. She’ll instead replace Zoe Ball as a co-host of BBC Two’s It Takes Two. 

However, her space won’t be cold for too long as viewers will be met with four new faces.

They are: World Junior Latin American Champion 2010 and former Dancing With The Stars Ireland professional, Kai Widdrington; six-time Latin and Ballroom National Champion in Italy and former Let’s Dance Germany professional, Nikita Kuzmin; reigning South African Latin Champion, Cameron Lombard and Polish Open Latin Champion 2014 and winner of BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer 2020, Jowita Przystal.

Sharing his excitement at joining the Strictly family, Kai said: ‘This is my childhood dream come true.

‘Watching Strictly from the very first series as a young boy from Southampton and now 18 years later, to be a professional dancer on the show is the most amazing feeling and the biggest accomplishment of my career. I can’t wait to step onto the Strictly floor and experience the exciting times that lie ahead.’ 

Nikita Kuzmin said he’s always been ‘amazed by the magic’ of the dancing competition, and added: ‘No matter what country I have found myself living in, I’ve never missed a chance to watch it. And joining it as a professional dancer is my big chance to make some magic on the most famous dance floor.’

‘I can’t wait to give it my all!’ he added.

Grateful for bagging the coveted spot as a Strictly pro, Cameron added: ‘Thank you Strictly Come Dancing for this life changing opportunity. Not only is this a dream come true but a challenge I am accepting with both hands. I am excited beyond imagination and looking forward to leaving my mark on the dance floor!’ 

Jowita also said: ‘This is my biggest dream come true. No words can describe how I feel right now. I’m still pinching myself to check if this is real but I am beyond excited to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family and I can’t wait to give all of my heart and soul on that dance floor!’ 

Jowita Przystal for Strictly Come Dancing
Jowita Przystal is best known for winning The Greatest Dancer last year (Picture: BBC)
Nikita Kuzmin for Strictly Come Dancing
Nikita Kuzmin said he’s always been ‘amazed by the magic’ of Strictly (Picture: BBC)

The new dancers will be joining old favourites: Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones, and Oti Mabuse.

The line-up for this year’s Strictly is, of course, strictly (ahem) under wraps but some familiar faces have found themselves rumoured to be taking part. Ex-footballer Peter Crouch is reportedly in talks with bosses to become the tallest Strictly contestant ever, with the sports star standing at 6ft 7in.

Cameron Lombard for Strictly Come Dancing
Cameron Lombard can’t to join the Strictly family (Picture: BBC)
Kai Widdrington for Strictly Come Dancing
Get familiar with former Dancing With The Stars Ireland pro Kai Widdrington (Picture: BBC)
Janette Manrara at Strictly Come Dancing event
Janette Manrara will be giving up her place as a pro to co-host Strictly: It Takes Two (Picture: Shutterstock)

Professional dancer Graziano Di Prima is crossing his fingers that he’ll be partnered up with a male celebrity, which could be the first in Strictly history.

The pro recently told Metro.co.uk’s Sixty Seconds: ‘As long as they’re going to be my partner, I will be ready. We don’t know yet but my fingers are crossed.

‘If you don’t get a partner you’re going to be busy anyway but obviously if you get the opportunity to dance with a celebrity, it’s different.’

Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that former pro Anton Du Beke will come on as a full time judge next series replacing Bruno Tonioli who has other work commitments.

Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to screens this autumn.

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