Strictly Come Dancing announce three hot new dancers joining the show this year

Fancy footed dance professionals have been signed up from around the world to beef up the BBC reality show for the 2018 series – following the axing of Brendan Cole and after Chloe Hewitt quit.

Sicilian-born (and Italian Latin Champion) dancer Graziano Di Prima, South African (and two-time Professional South African Latin Champion) Johannes Radebe, and Russian-born (and four-time winner of the Italian Dance Championship) Luba Mushtuk have all joined the show.

And each of the new stars sound absolutely thrilled to be taking part.

“This is my dream come true!” 24-year-old Graziano declared.

“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!” he added.


Johannes declared: “Joining Strictly Come Dancing is one of the greatest achievements of my dancing career.”

He added: “It is such an honour to be chosen to be a part of an incredible cast and be part of one of the biggest shows that is celebrated worldwide. I cannot wait to get started and experience the magic with the UK!”

And Luba beamed: “Words cannot express how thrilled I am to do what I love most on the greatest show on earth! 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!”

The addition of the trio will bring the number of professional dancers working on the show up to 18 in total.

AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Kevin Clifton, Katya Jones, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Oti Mabuse and Pasha Kovalev are all signed up to return.

The eighteenth series is expected to launch in the Autumn – while the list of celebrities taking part will likely remain a loosely guarded secret until closer to the air date of the show.

Devout Strictly fans had been saddened at the start of the year when it was revealed professional favourite Brendan had been sacked.
But according to a source, Brendan had rubbed some of the other stars up the wrong way and they reached breaking point when he asked the Duchess of Cornwall to dance with him last year.
A Strictly source said: “It was the last straw, they saw he couldn’t be controlled.”


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