STRICTLY Come Dancing 2021 is now starting to take shape.
The BBC dance show has announced the names of some brand new professional dancers who will take to the floor and compete for the famous glitterball trophy.
Strictly Come Dancing professionals will be hoping to raise the glitterball trophy in 2021[/caption]
Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 professional dancers?
Aljaž joined the Strictly crew in series 11[/caption]
The dancer, who is married to Janette Manrara, is a 19-time Slovenian champion in ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance.
In 2019, Amy set a personal record, making it to the final with celeb partner Karim Zeroual.
She was partnered with JJ Chalmers in 2020 and the pair went on to reach the quarter-finals.
Anton Du Beke
Star of the original 2004 line-up, Anton Du Beke, is returning for his seventeenth series.
She partnered Max George in 2020.
Dianne has also starred on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Dancing With The Stars Australia.
Despite only joining the show five years ago, Giovanni has managed to get to the final three times!
In 2018 he was paired with Faye Tozer and made it to the final again.
Ranvir Singh was his celeb partner in 2020 and they made it to the semi-finals.
In 2018 Gorka was paired with TV presenter and charity campaigner Katie Piper, but the duo were sent home in week four.
In 2019, Gorka wasn’t partnered up with a celeb – but in 2020 he was paired with EastEnders actress Maisie Smith and the pair made it to the final and finished runners-up.
Graziano Di Prima
Graziano joined the Strictly crew in 2018.
He made his debut with DJ Vick Hope, but left the competition in the fifth week.
He hasn’t been paired with a celebrity since but remains on the show as a support dancer.
Graziano is an Italian Latin Champion and has represented Belgium at the World Championships.
Janette first joined Strictly in 2013.
Her 2019 partner Paralympic table tennis champ Will Bayley didn’t last long as he was injured in week six, but she nabbed the first perfect score of 2020 with dance partner HRVY, and finished runners-up.
The pair got knocked out in the Halloween episode.
Johannes is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion.
Karen is Strictly’s longest serving female pro dancer, first hitting the dance floor in 2012.
In her third Strictly series, Karen was paired with Essex boy Mark Wright and made it to the final.
In 2019, she made it to the semi finals with comedian Chris Ramsey.
Jamie Laing was her 2020 partner and the pair made it all the way to the final.
Luba officially joined Strictly in 2018.
In 2019, she had her first celebrity pairing, with Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell.
However, the pair only made it to week two.
She remained as a pro backing dancer in 2020 despite not being paired with a celeb.
She exited the show in week three in 2018 with partner Lee Ryan.
In 2019, Nadiya and celeb partner David James made it to week five, but she failed to bag a celeb in 2020.
However, Neil only got his first celeb partner in 2019 with ex-footballer Alex Scott.
After going without a celeb partner in 2020, will he be given a chance to win the competition in 2021?
Nancy joined Strictly in 2019.
However, 2021 could mark the first year in which she is given a celebrity partner.
Nancy has been a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in China and starred in West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.
2020 is Oti‘s sixth year on the show.
In 2019 she was also on the box as a judge on The Greatest Dancer.
Greatest Dancer champ Jowita Przystal will join the Strictly team this year[/caption]
She 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!”
Kai Widdrington got to the final of Britain’s Got Talent as a child[/caption]
Kai, 25, danced on Britain’s Got Talent when he was 16 and 2012, making it to the final.
He’s been a professional dancer on Strictly’s Irish spin-off since 2018.
He said going on the show was his “childhood dream come true”.
He added: “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 was a pro on Germany’s version of Strictly Come Dancing[/caption]
Ukranian-born Nikita, 23, was a pro dancer on Let’s Dance, Germany’s version of Strictly Come Dancing.
He said: “I’ve always been amazed by the magic Strictly Come Dancing brings.
“No matter what country I have found myself living in, I’ve never missed a chance to watch it.”
Cameron Lombard represented his native South Africa on the dancefloor[/caption]
Cameron, 20, a finalist on South Africa’s Got Talent, said: “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!”
When does Strictly Come Dancing 2021 start?
BBC have not yet confirmed when Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will start.
The 2020 series started in mid-October, a month later than usual due to the Covid pandemic – but it remains to be seen whether the new series will go back to the regular September start.
The 2020 series also ran for nine weeks instead of the usual 13.