Strictly Come Dancing won’t return to our screens until the second half of the year but already we’re thinking about who's going to be involved in the 2019 series.
Last year saw the likes of Joe Sugg, Faye Tozer, Charles Venn and Lauren Steadman taking part, while Stacey Dooley was the celeb who lifted the glitter ball trophy.
Who’s set to step into their dancing shoes this year? While the BBC hasn’t confirmed anything yet, here’s what we know so far about the people rumoured to be taking part. Plus, all the rest of the Strictly 2019 info you need to know.
Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Celebrity contestants
The radio DJ has revealed he’s said yes to taking part in Strictly in 2019.
Evans made the announcement on The One Show in December 2018 to the surprise of host Alex Jones and the rest of the studio
At that time, Chris said he hadn’t signed on the dotted line but who knows whether talks have developed since then.
BBC newsreader Huw has been a regular on our TV screens for years, but now he’s considering swapping hid desk and suit for the Strictly ballroom and sequins.
Speaking on Steve Wright’s Radio 2 show, Huw said: “Following my stellar appearance reading out the [Strictly] terms and conditions in early December, where I basically set the British television world alight, I was then asked whether I would consider Strictly.
The newsreader is thinking over his options.
“I think I’ve just got to ponder it over the summer… just gauge public opinion,” he said.
Much like Huw, Alan was asked to take part in Strictly 2019 after reading out the Ts & Cs during the 2018 series.
“After I did the terms and conditions on the final this woman basically threw a net over me and held me hostage until I said I’d do it!” the comedian revealed to RadioTimes.com.
But don’t get too excited just yet. While Alan is keen to take part, it probably won’t be this year.
“I would love to do the show at some point but I’ve got lots coming up in 2019 including a few TV things and a stand-up tour, so it’s going to be very busy. I would love to do it at some point and it’s on my bucket list, but sorry – not next year,” he said.
We’ll keep you updated with more news about the Strictly 2019 line-up as and when it emerges.
Other names in the mix according to reports include Boyzone's Keith Duffy, Tim Lovejoy and Scarlett Moffatt.
Strictly 2019: Professional dancers
We know that sadly Pasha Kovalev won't be taking part in the series, as he announced he's left the show after 8 years. In a statement, Pasha said:
"After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals and lifting 1 glitter ball, it's time for me to find a new challenge and so I've decided to make last year - my final season on Strictly.
"I've had 8 fantastic years, full of wonderful memories, thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind the scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production that it is. The biggest thanks go to all the members of the public who've supported me so much over the years."
Here is the full list of Strictly professionals for the 2019 series, from Anton to Katya:
- AJ Pritchard
- Karen Clifton
- Katya Jones
- Kevin Clifton
- Luba Mushtuk
- Nadiya Bychkova
- Neil Jones
- Oti Mabuse
- Aljaž Škorjanec
- Amy Dowden
- Anton Du Beke
- Dianne Buswell
- Giovanni Pernice
- Gorka Marquez
- Graziano Di Prima
- Janette Manrara
- Johannes Radebe
Strictly 2019: The judges
It's expected Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will return as judges this year, however Dame Darcey Bussell won't be coming back this year.
Darcey said in a statement: "It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team. I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive. I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.
"I know I will miss being part of this unique show and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about. I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day”.
Speculation has been rife in regards to Darcey's replacement, with some fans suggesting pro dancers Anton Du Beke and Oti Mabuse could be a great fit, but there's no official word from the BBC just yet.
Shirley Ballas has said she's "optimistic" the new judge will do a great job, though.
"I think whoever the BBC executive producers pick... I'm sure they've studied it... they what will work well with the other judges for the show," she said.
"So I'm optimistic that they will do the job perfectly."
Strictly 2019: The hosts
It's also expected Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to host the main show, with Zoe Ball at the helm of It Takes Two.
We know Zoe won't be alone in hosting the spin-off show, as Ryan Clark-Neal has been announced as a co-host.
Strictly 2019: Air date
If previous years are anything to go by, the launch show should air in late August, with the first live show following in late September.
Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One.
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