Hold on to your sequin top hats Strictly fans, because we’re about to start talking Strictly Come Dancing 2022, and there are a few changes in store.
The professional line-up for the next season of Strictly has been announced, and as we already know, pro favourites Oti Mabuse and Aljaz Skorjanec will not be returning.
We will, however, see plenty of familiar faces back, including last year’s winner Giovanni Pernice, who danced with Rose Ayling-Ellis.
Returning to the series are Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Johannes Radebe, and Nancy Xu.
Nikita Kuzmin, Jowita Przystal and Kai Widdrington who all joined the show last year will also be returning to the line-up.
There’s also a newcomer to the Strictly competition for 2022: 21-year-old South African dance champion Cameron Lombard. He was part of the pro dance troupe in last year’s show, so isn’t entirely unfamiliar with the Strictly dancefloor, although this is his first year being paired up with a celebrity.
The celebrity line-up will be announced later on in the year.
The show’s executive producer Sarah James said: ‘We could not be more proud of the Strictly professional dancers and we are so happy to have so many returning for 2022.
‘The world-class skill and extraordinary care they bring to everything they do, from working with their celebrity partners to choreographing and performing remarkable and unforgettable routines, never ceases to amaze us.
‘They really are the best in the business and we can’t wait to see what they bring to the Strictly ballroom for our twentieth fabulous series.’
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