Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed three new professional dancers joining the show for the 2018 series, as well as the full pro line-up.
The BBC revealed that newcomers Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Luba Mushtuk will all be making their way to the dancefloor later this year as part of the biggest cast of pros yet.
Graziano is an Italian Latin Champion, and said of joining the Strictly family: “This is my dream come true! I still can’t believe I will be one of the professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing. I can’t wait to give all of myself on the dance floor!”
Johannes, meanwhile, is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and has been a professional on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa. He described joining UK Strictly as one of his “greatest achievements”.
As for Luba, she is a four-time winner of the Italian Dance Championship and Italian Open Latin Show Dance champion, and has been part of the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour.
“Words cannot express how thrilled I am to do what I love most on the greatest show on earth,” she said. “I am super excited and so thankful for this priceless opportunity. I can’t wait to get started as a professional dancer on Strictly… bring on the sparkle!”
On top of that, regular faces AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Oti Mabuse and Pasha Kovalev will all return, completing an 18-strong line-up.
Their additions follow the departure of Brendan Cole earlier this year, while Chloe Hewitt – who joined in 2016 – also leaves the show.
With two out and three in, the upcoming series will have Strictly‘s biggest ever line-up of 18 pros.
Brendan’s axing sparked a lot of controversy, with many hitting out at the show for the decision. However, one person who isn’t too sad over his departure is Craig Revel Horwood, who recently argued the show will be “better” without him.
Strictly Come Dancing is due to return later this year on BBC One.
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