Strictly Come Dancing announces four new pros for 2022 series

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Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

Strictly Come Dancing has announced four new professional dancers for the 2022 series, following the departures of fan favourites like Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Škorjanec.

The BBC has released the line-up of 20 pro dancers for this year's series, with some new faces in amongst the returnees.

Those newbies are: Vito Coppola, European cup winner, Carlos Gu, Chinese National Champion, Lauren Oakley, former Under-21 British National Champion, and Michelle Tsiakkas, Latin dance champion.

The returning dancers, who were previously announced to be returning, include: Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.

"I am really excited to become part of this family. I cannot wait to start this new adventure and to challenge myself," Coppola said, adding "Strictly sto arrivando!" which translates to 'Strictly I am coming!'

Gu added: "I'm thrilled to join Strictly and very excited to get started. It's a new chapter of my life."

Both Oakley and Tsiakkas said that they have been fans of the show since they were young and dreamed of becoming professionals on it one day.

Will these new professionals be partnered with celebrities, or just be part of the group dances? We'll have to wait and see what happens when the BBC announces the celebrity line-up in a few months' time.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.

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