In the nearly two decades since Strictly Come Dancing landed on our screens, a host of incredible and well-loved dancers have taken a spin on the iconic ballroom door. Among the dancers competing in this year’s series are Nikita Kuzmin, Johannes Radebe and Vito Coppola, who are paired with celebrities including Helen Skelton , Will Mellor and Fleur East. They will be practising their Tango, Foxtrot and Quickstep to try and win the Glitterball Trophy and impress judges Shirley Ballas , Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke. However, fans of the BBC’s juggernaut series, once again hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, will notice some absences from the pro line-up Here are some of the dancers who have left Strictly Come Dancing and what they are up to now. Oti Mabuse Oti announced earlier this year she would be quitting Strictly Come Dancing after seven years, with her sister Motsi, who is still a judge, describing the decision as … [Read more...] about Which professional dancers have left Strictly Come Dancing and what are they doing now?
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STRICTLY pros Katya and Neil Jones were married for six years and together for 11 when they decided to separate in summer 2019. The dancing duo released a joint statement before the 2019 series began, leaving fans wondering what broke the show's former golden couple. Here's everything we know about their split. Why did Strictly Come Dancing's Neil and Katya Jones break up? The Strictly Come Dancing couple split just ten months after Katya was spotted snogging her dance partner Seann Walsh . The couple didn't specify an exact reason behind the break-up, other than citing that they loved each other "just in a different way as friends." In a joint statement, they said: "Hi everyone. As our fans and loyal supporters you are really important to us and so we wanted to let you know some news. After 11 years we have made the mutual decision to separate. "We will always love each other, just in a different way as friends. This will never change what a great team we make and … [Read more...] about Why did Strictly pros Neil and Katya Jones split?
Kevin Clifton shocked a lot of Strictly Come Dancing fans when he announced last week that he would be quitting the popular show after seven years. Now, it’s emerged that the professional dancer left the BBC’s flagship show because he didn’t want to outstay his welcome and become the ‘oldest’ dancer on the programme. Speaking to The Sun , the 37-year-old revealed that one of the major driving factors behind his decision was getting closer to 40. ‘At age 23 it would be different,’ he explained. ‘I’d look at it and think, “I can stay on this for the next ten or 15 years,” but at 37 years old I was thinking, “I’m going to turn 38.” ‘If it’s going to be similar to what I have already done I don’t see myself doing it into my forties.’ The star continued: ‘I guess I was starting to question when the last series would be. ‘Me leaving gives younger dancers the chance to come through now. Nobody is bigger than the show.’ Kevin announced his first job post-Strictly … [Read more...] about Kevin Clifton quit Strictly Come Dancing because he didn’t want to be the oldest pro on the dancefloor
STRICTLY Come Dancing fans are thrilled the show is back for another series. Four new expert dancers have joined the pro line-up , which includes Michelle Tsiakkas. Who is Michelle Tsiakkas and what competitions has she won? Born in September 1995 in Cyprus , 27-year-old Michelle Tsiakkas began dancing when she was just six. The new Strictly star specialises in Latin dance. Michelle was the undefeated dance champion Cyprus between 2001-2011, before moving to London to study. After moving to the UK, Michelle represented England at international championships and then joined the world touring dance show Burn The Floor. Read more on Strictly HIT THE DANCE FLOOR We reveal where Strictly Come Dancing films its famous show JUST THE TICKET Find out if you can still apply for Strictly Come Dancing tickets When did she join Strictly Come Dancing? Michelle is one of the new professional dancers for … [Read more...] about Who is Strictly Come Dancing pro Michelle Tsiakkas?
Strictly Come Dancing is back tonight (September 24), with the first of the live shows for this year’s competition. Actors, athletes and anchors make up the star-studded line-up who are all competing for the glory of the Glitter Ball trophy – and the prize money . Before the competition gets underway tonight, let’s have a quick reminder of who waltzed their way to a win last year… Who won Strictly 2021? The victors of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 were EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and her pro partner, Giovanni Pernice. It was a particularly special win, as Rose is deaf. She had to feel the music to keep in time, and Giovanni explained how the pair had to work ‘three times harder.’ The couple even had a poignant silence during one of their most iconic dances, a tribute to the deaf community which brought viewers to tears. Rose and Giovanni narrowly beat Bake Off’s John Whaite and his partner Johannes Radebe, who came second. John and Johannes … [Read more...] about Who won Strictly Come Dancing last year?
Strictly: Tess Daley and Claudia Winkleman host the show SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Strictly Come Dancing fans found out which professional dancers have been partnered with which celebrities on Friday’s launch show ahead of Saturday’s first live broadcast. Fans of the BBC flagship show will know that each year some professional dancers are left without a partner however, some viewers weren’t impressed with the decision not to pair a celebrity with Neil Jones. Related articles Eamonn Holmes recalls how 'beautiful' moment was ruined at funeral Strictly Come Dancing couples for 2022 series announced This year five professionals were left without a partner, including veteran Neil. Luba … [Read more...] about ‘What’s he done!’ Strictly fans baffled as Neil Jones left without celebrity partner again
Tonight, Strictly Come Dancing is officially set to return for the 2022 series, as the contestants prepare to take part in their very first live performances . Last night’s launch show saw the line-up of celebrities – including Paralympian Ellie Simmonds , singer Fleur East and EastEnders actor James Bye – pair with their professional partners, before the all took part in a spectacular group dance. However, some viewers were left confused by the fact that Neil Jones , who’s been on the BBC programme for several years, wasn’t given a celebrity partner. Some have questioned where Neil is on this year’s series, with one fan tweeting that they were ‘gutted’ that the dancing whizz wasn’t going to compete for the Glitterball Trophy. ‘Why is Neil Jones not in Strictly line up?’ another befuddled viewer asked. Where is Neil Jones on Strictly Come Dancing this year? Neil is still a part of Strictly, remaining one of the professional dancers in the line-up for … [Read more...] about Where is Neil Jones on Strictly Come Dancing this year?
CAMERON Lombard secured the gig of a life time when he was named one of the new Strictly professionals back in 2021. But the ballroom dancer has now been given an even BIGGER boost, as he has been named Aljaz Skorjanec's replacement on the BBC One show . Who is Cameron Lombard? Cameron is a reigning South African Latin Champion. He has won an impressive 18 national titles across Ballroom and Latin during his career. Cameron started dancing when he was just six-years-old and within a year was already winning local and regional competitions. He was a finalist on South Africa’s Got Talent in 2012, and he represented his country at the World Championships in 2019. It is not known if Cameron is single or in a relationship as he maintains a quiet private life, although an anecdote from his school days has been made public. His love life may be subject to speculation as he continues to follow the other Strictly pros onto the dancefloor as one of the show's main … [Read more...] about Who is Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Cameron Lombard?
NIKITA is once again taking the stage at this year's Strictly Come Dancing series. Although he might be young, Nikita Kuzmin has years of ballroom dancing experience behind his back - here's everything to know about him. Who is Nikita Kuzmin? Nikita is a professional dancer, and six-time Latin and Ballroom National Champion in Italy . Born in Ukraine , Nikita began dancing at the age of four, before moving to Italy at the age of nine. He is also a former Let's Dance Germany professional. In July 2021, it was announced that Nikita would be joining UK Strictly as a pro dancer. Read More on Strictly TWO TO TANGO Full Strictly Come Dancing 2022 pairings revealed 'Marmite' Strictly fans compare Matt Goss to David Brent & demand he 'loosen up' About the role, Nikita said: "I've always been amazed by the magic Strictly Come Dancing brings. "No matter what country I have found myself living in, … [Read more...] about Who is Nikita Kuzmin, Strictly Come Dancing 2022 professional dancer?
Strictly Come Dancing viewers were quick to notice something different about the latest series of the BBC show, in comparison to the past two years. They realised some recent additions to the series were missing, while another element had made a comeback. The full line-up took to the dance floor for the first live show on Saturday night, as hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted proceedings. Joining them were judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke. But as the show kicked off, viewers spotted a few things about the live shows that were different to the 2020 and 2021 series, with two elements in particular 'missing'. Hosts Claudia and Tess were no longer standing apart, as social distancing measures had seemingly been dropped. Strictly Come Dancing viewers were quick to notice something different about the latest series of the BBC show ( Image: BBC) The same was said for the judges, who were still on separate desks … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing fans thrilled after spotting something missing as live shows return