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Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 professional dancers?

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 Škorjanec


Aljaž joined the Strictly crew in series 11[/caption]

Aljaž joined the Strictly crew in series 11 and stormed to victory with Abbey Clancey.

Since then, he’s been partnered with Alison HammondHelen George and Daisy Lowe.

He finished second in 2017 with actress Gemma Atkinson. and danced with Clara Amfo in 2020.

The dancer, who is married to Janette Manrara, is a 19-time Slovenian champion in ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance.

Amy Dowden

Amy Dowden made her Strictly debut in 2017
Amy Dowden first competed on Strictly in 2017

Amy made her Strictly debut in 2017 with celeb partner Brian Conley, but the pair were eliminated in week four.

However, she came back for the 2018 series and achieved the first 10 of the series with her partner Danny-John Jules.

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

 Anton Du Beke is returning for his seventeenth series
Anton is Strictly’s longest serving professional dancer

Star of the original 2004 line-up, Anton Du Beke, is returning for his seventeenth series.

The Strictly legend has danced alongside Laila RouassPatsy Palmer, Jan Ravens, Jerry Hall, Judy Murray and Gillian Taylforth.

Anton‘s best result came in 2019 when he made it to the final with EastEnders stars Emma Barton

But he was the first out in 2020 with Jacqui Smith – which gave him the chance to step in as a replacement judge for Motsi Mabuse.

Dianne Buswell

Dianne Buswell made her debut on Strictly in 2017
Dianne Buswell made her debut on Strictly in 2017

Dianne made her debut on Strictly in 2017, when she was partnered with Reverend Richard Coles. The two were sent home in week three.

However, things took a turn for the better when Dianne was partnered in 2018 with Joe Sugg – as the pair are now a real-life couple.

She partnered Max George in 2020.

Dianne has also starred on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Dancing With The Stars Australia.

Giovanni Pernice

Giovanni Pernice has managed to get to the final three times
Giovanni Pernice has managed to get to the final three times

Despite only joining the show five years ago, Giovanni has managed to get to the final three times!

He finished second with Georgia May Foote in 2015, before he repeated the feat with Debbie McGee in 2017.

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.

Gorka Marquez

Gorka Marquez joined Strictly back in 2016
Gorka reached the final with EastEnders star Maisie Smith in 2020

Gorka joined Strictly back in 2016. A year later, the pro dancer made it to the final with partner Alexandra Burke.

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 Di Prima joined the Strictly crew in 2018
Graziano Di Prima joined the Strictly crew in 2018

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 Manrara

Janette Manrara first joined Strictly in 2013
Janette Manrara first joined Strictly in 2013

Janette first joined Strictly in 2013.

She has been paired with the likes of Jake WoodPeter Andre and Aston Merrygold over the years.

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.

Johannes Radebe 

Johannes Radebe got his first celebrity pairing last year
Johannes Radebe got his first celebrity pairing in 2020

Johannes got his first celebrity pairing in 2019 with Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley.

The pair got knocked out in the Halloween episode.

He got his second shot at the Glitterball Trophy in 2020 with Caroline Quentin but the pair made an early exit.

Johannes is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion.

Karen Hauer

Karen Hauer is Strictly's longest serving female pro dancer
Karen Hauer is Strictly’s longest serving female pro dancer

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.

Katya Jones

Katya Jones won the Glitterball prize in 2017
Katya Jones won the Glitterball prize in 2017

Katya claimed the Glitterball prize in 2017 along with Holby City actor Joe McFadden.

The Russian pro was previously married to Strictly professional Neil Jones.

But she became widely known after THAT kiss with 2018 dance partner Seann Walsh.

In 2019, Katya made it to week eight with Mike Bushell, but she was forced to pull out of the 2020 series after testing positive for coronavirus.

She had made history by being part of the show’s first same-sex pairing with Nicola Adams.

Luba Mushtuk

Last year was Luba Mushtuk's first celebrity pairing
2019 marked the year of Luba Mushtuk’s first celebrity pairing

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.

Nadiya Bychkova

Last year, Nadiya and David James made it to week five
Nadiya and David James made it to week five in 2019

Nadiya also made her debut in 2017 and made it to week 11 with EastEnders star Davood Ghadami.

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.

Neil Jones

Neil Jones has been a Strictly dancer since 2016
Neil Jones was paired with Alex Scott in 2019

Neil Jones has been a Strictly dancer since 2016.

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 Xu

Nancy Xu is Strictly's newest arrival
Nancy Xu is Strictly’s newest arrival

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.

Oti Mabuse

This will be Oti Mabuse sixth year on the show
Will Oti make it a hat trick of Strictly titles in 2020?

2020 is Oti‘s sixth year on the show.

In 2019 the South African dancer took home the Glitterball with partner Kelvin Fletcher.

She lifted the trophy again in 2020 with partner Bill Bailey, making her the first professional dancer to win Strictly in consecutive years.

In 2019 she was also on the box as a judge on The Greatest Dancer.

Jowita Przystal


Greatest Dancer champ Jowita Przystal will join the Strictly team this year[/caption]

Jowita, 26, won BBC show The Greatest Dancer in 2020 – mentored by Oti – and bagged the prize of performing on Strictly Come Dancing.

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


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


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


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.

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