Strictly's Amy Dowden to return to BBC show as professional dancers line-up revealed

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After missing the 2023 series of Strictly Come Dancing, as she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden is returning to the BBC One show. Amy, who hails from Caerphilly, said she is "more excited than ever" to be returning to the series.

The BBC have announced the full list of the professional lineup for Strictly Come Dancing which includes Amy but is missing professional dancer Giovanni Pernice after allegations about his teaching methods. Amy also shared the news on her Instagram, explaining how happy she was to be returning.

She said: "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 #amysback #strictlycomedancing #letsdothis #excited #cantwait #myheartissohappy"

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Many fans were also delighted to see Amy returning to the show. One said: "Yay can't wait to see you dancing again beautiful @amy_dowden xx" and another added: "Oh Amy, so very very happy for you." followed by a red love heart emoji. For the latest TV & Showbiz news, sign up to our newsletter.

A third said: "Brilliant news! We’ll be voting for you!" Amy has been told there is no cancer left in her body, but she will need monthly injections for the next five years. Want less ads? Download WalesOnline’s Premium app on Apple or Android.

The professional dancer, 33, first found a lump in her breast the day before going to the Maldives on her honeymoon with fellow professional dancer Ben Jones. She was subsequently diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and had a mastectomy before undergoing chemotherapy.