Strictly's Amy Dowden breaks silence on BBC show return as full line-up confirmed

-Credit: (Image: BBC/Ray Burmiston)
-Credit: (Image: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Strictly Come Dancing’s Amy Dowden broke her silence as the full professional line-up is revealed

The star has confirmed that she will be returning to the BBC hit show after being forced to miss out on last series following her breast cancer diagnosis. Amy was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer after finding a lump days before her honeymoon with husband Ben Jones last year.

Since then Amy has been bravely sharing her journey as she hopes to raise more awareness. She has undergone a mastectomy, chemotherapy, suffered a blot clot and contracted sepsis throughout her treatment.

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Earlier this year, Amy revealed that there is now "no evidence of disease" following her cancer treatment but she will not receive the “all clear” for five years due to her type of cancer.

Now, Amy is back to work and will compete in the 2024 series of Strictly. The professional dancers will be returning to the show alongside Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington, Nancy Xu, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley, Michelle Tsiakkas and Vito Coppola.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return as hosts and the judges' desks will see the return of Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel-Horwood and Anton Du Beke.

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Announcing the happy news with her fans, Amy took to Instagram and shared a behind the scene clip and wrote: "I'm so happy and grateful to be back on @bbcstrictly. MY HEART IS SO HAPPY. The best team on and off the dance floor.

"I can’t wait to be back doing what I love most in the world, dancing! Feel blessed and more excited than EVER. Bring it on! Thank you @bbcstrictly for your support always. Eeeeeekkk."

Fans and celebrity friends took to the comment section and shared their excitement. Co-star and best friend Dianne Buswell said: “So happy to have you wear you belong.” It Takes Two presenter Fleur East wrote: “Incredible! the best news, welcome back Amy.”

Vito Coppola commented: “Beautiful Amy we are so happy to have you back. We have missed you.Be ready because I am going to lift you very high. We love you and I am sure I can speak for all of us when I say that it was not the same without you.”

@marie.robins.129 wrote: “So happy for you. Back to where you belong.”@livdaveymakeup said: “Can’t wait to have you back.”

@baldbooblessandbeautiful commented: “Yay can't wait to see you dancing again beautiful @amy_dowden.” While @angelinaballerina1607 added: “Best news ever!!! This is your year.”