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Strictly Come Dancing responds to fears of pro dancer firings

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

From Digital Spy

Speculation as to who's taking part in any given series of Strictly Come Dancing is usually all about the celebrity contestants, but not this year.

Long-running Strictly pro Pasha Kovalev announced he would be leaving the show after eight years earlier this week, sparking rumours about the rest of the professional line-up to rise and fall across the media ballroom.

So, is a Strictly shake-up on the cards? Responding to recent reports, a spokesperson for the BBC's glitziest reality series told The Sun there's not long to wait until we find out.

Photo credit: Barcroft Media - Getty Images
Photo credit: Barcroft Media - Getty Images

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"The professional dancer line-up for 2019 will be announced in due course," they said in a statement.

If Anton Du Beke is out, we riot.

After a successful 2018 series with Ashley Roberts, Strictly 2014 champion Pasha confirmed his exit from the show on Wednesday (February 13) while reflecting on his success over the years.

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

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"After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching four finals and lifting 1 glitter ball, it's time for me to find a new challenge so I've decided to make last year – my final season on Strictly," he said.

"I've had 8 fantastic years, full of wonderful memories, thanks to incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind the scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production that it is."


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