Strictly's Karen Hauer 'bursting with pride' as she's confirmed for her 10th series

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Karen Hauer at the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 Launch at BBC Broadcasting House. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Karen Hauer at the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 launch at BBC Broadcasting House. (Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Karen Hauer has said she is "bursting with pride" to star in her 10th series of Strictly Come Dancing later this year.

It was confirmed on Wednesday that she's part of the line-up of professional dancers that will be appearing on the BBC show in 2021.

In a post to Instagram, Hauer said she was "beyond overwhelmed" to be the longest-running female pro on the programme.

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"I am absolutely bursting with pride and happiness that I can now announce I am confirmed for my TENTH series of @bbcstrictly," she wrote.

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"I don’t talk too much on here like this but I’m beyond overwhelmed to say that I’m now officially the longest running female pro on the best show on the planet."

While she is the current longest-serving female pro to reach 10 seasons, Erin Boag and Ola Jordan who also achieved the feat before they left in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

The dancer accompanied her message with clips of her dancing on the show across the years.

"I have adored every celebrity partner I’ve worked with. We’ve laughed, we’ve worked our butts off, we’ve danced for the nation and we’ve had fun every step of the way.

Karen Hauer dances with Jamie Laing on Strictly. (BBC/Guy Levy)
Karen Hauer dances with Jamie Laing on Strictly. (BBC/Guy Levy)

"Thank you to every single Strictly Come Dancing supporter for the love you pour into this show year on year. We do this for you," she added.

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Over the course of the competition her celebrity partners have included Jeremy Vine, Mark Wright and most recently Jamie Laing.

The other dancers announced for 2021 are Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones and Oti Mabuse.

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