Strictly Come Dancing have announced three new professional dancers that will join the show in the next series.
The BBC revealed that Italian Latin champion Graziano Di Prima, Professional South African Latin champion Johannes Radebe, and four-time winner of the Italian Dance Championship Luba Mushtuk will be added to the ranks ahead of the show’s return later this year.
The announcement was made via the show’s Twitter account.
‘Today we reveal our biggest pro-dancer line up EVER. Welcome to
#Strictly,’ the tweet read.
— BBC Strictly✨ (@bbcstrictly) May 30, 2018
Di Prima, who hails from Sicily, said: ‘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!’
Radebe, who is from South Africa, revealed: ‘Joining Strictly Come Dancing is one of the greatest achievements of my dancing career.’
‘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!’
Russian Mushtuk also expressed her excitement: ‘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!’
Executive producer Louise Rainbow thanked former Strictly star Brendan Cole and Chloe Hewitt who will both not return to the line-up this year, with the former being the subject of much speculation since he revealed to Lorraine Kelly that his contract hadn’t been renewed and were apparently struggling to replace him.
Rainbow said: ‘This is the biggest line-up of pros that we’ve ever had on Strictly. We are so lucky to have such an array of talent.
‘A huge thank you goes to Brendan from all of us for 15 amazing series of Strictly.
‘We wish him all the very best with his future projects. We would also like to thank Chloe and wish her well.’