Strictly Come Dancing won’t return to our screens until later this 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? Here’s what we know so far about the contestants taking part. Plus, all the rest of the Strictly 2019 info you need to know.
Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Celebrity contestants
So far, these are the contestants confirmed...
David James, former pro footballer
Chris Ramsey, comedian
Emma Barton, EastEnders actor
Saffron Barker, YouTuber
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."
While Pasha's leaving, the show is welcoming new pro Nancy Xu.
Nancy, 28, from China was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in China and a dancer on hit West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor. A specialist in Latin, Nancy was a finalist in the U21 World Championships in 2010, took third place in the 2010-2012 CBDF National Amateur Latin Championships and was a runner up at the 2013 International Singapore Championships.
She said: “I'm thrilled and excited! I cannot wait to start this new journey with all these amazing people and share the magic together.”
Here is the full list of the returning 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
Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will return as judges this year, however Dame Darcey Bussell won't be coming back on the judging panel.
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”.
It's been revealed Darcey's replacement is Motsi Mabuse, sister to Oti and champion dancer in her own right.
Originally from South Africa, Motsi is a former South African Champion and German Latin Champion in 2009 and 2010.
She has been a judge on Let’s Dance in Germany since 2011, after joining the show in 2007 as a professional dancer.
“I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started,” Motsi said.
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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