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Aliona Vilani is expected to rejoin Strictly Come Dancing, just seven months after quitting the show to start a family with husband Vincent Kavanagh.
The professional dancer is reportedly in talks to return to the BBC dance contest as a choreographer, and is the first on the substitute bench to step in if another dancer encounters an injury.
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Additionally, the Kazakhstan-born performer is also set to open the series by dancing with Jay McGuiness, who she waltzed to victory with last year.
A source told The Mirror: “She is bored and really keen to get back on the show in some capacity.
“She is currently talking to show bosses about having a choreography role, and she is their number one dancer to turn to if someone has an injury.
“She is over the moon and realised she was a bit hasty in her decision to quit.”
Aliona’s comeback follows the news that professional dancers Ola Jordan, Kristina Rihanoff, Tristan McManus and Gleb Savchenko will not be returning for the next series of Strictly.
Consequently, it was announced last month that world champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian champion Oksana Platero and Spanish professional Gorka Marquez would be joining the team.
A series of celebrities have already been linked to the upcoming series, including TV presenters Ruth Langsford, Eamon Holmes and Laura Whitmore, television actors Ryan Thomas and Angelica Huston, and singers Louise Redknapp and Cheryl - but who will lift the Glitterball trophy?
Find out when Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens later this year.