THE BBC has revealed the professional dancing line-up for Strictly 2019.
Here is the full list of confirmed dancers returning to the show.
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Kevin Clifton has been a mainstay of the Strictly line-up in recent years and will be back for his seventh series.
The 36-year-old split from his wife and fellow Strictly professional, Karen Clifton.
In 2018 he won the show with Stacey Dooley.
Karen will also be returning for her eighth series which makes her the longest surviving female professional on the show.
She reached the finals in 2014 when partnered with Mark Wright, but the duo came runners-up.
Anton Du Beke
One of the few stars of the original 2004 line-up, Anton Du Beke is returning for his sixteenth series.
The Sun exclusively reported in January 2018, that Anton had escaped the axe after bosses had chosen to sack co-star Brendan Cole.
An insider explained at the time: “Brendan is the only major name not returning. Anton will be back again this year.
Anton’s best result came in the first series when he placed third alongside Lesley Garrett.
Janette joined Strictly for its eleventh series in 2013 and has remained ever since.
The 35-year-old is married to fellow Strictly professional Aljaž Škorjanec.
Janette is adamant the “show’s curse” won’t affect her marriage because she trusts her husband completely.
Reigning champion Katya Jones claimed the 2018 prize along with Holby City actor Joe McFadden.
The Russian pro is married to dance partner and fellow Strictly professional Neil Jones.
But she became widely known after THAT kiss with 2018 dance partner Seann Walsh.
For the fourthyear in a row, Neil Jones has been confirmed as part of the professional’s line-up for Strictly Come Dancing.
The 2016 recruit has been without a celebrity partner for the past three series while his wife Katya has gone on to be crowned the winner.
Neil will be hoping for better luck with securing a partner when the show returns in autumn.
This will be Oti Mabuse‘s fifth year on the show.
The South African dancer has seen her career soap since landing her job on the show.
In 2019 she was also on the box as a judge On The Greatest Dancer.
Dianne made her debut on Strictly in 2017 and said: “What an honour it is to be a part of Strictly Come Dancing.
“Words can’t describe how excited I am to take on this amazing challenge and give it my everything”.
The 29-year-old Australian was partnered with Rev. Richard Coles but the two were sent home in week three.
However, this took a turn for the better when Dianne was partnered with Joe Sugg – as the pair are now a real-life couple.
Nadiya also made her debut in 2017 and made it to week 11 with EastEnders star Davood Ghadami.
The Ukranian dancer is a two-time World Champion and European Champion and was part of a big Strictly Come Dancing shake-up.
Amy Dowden was partnered with Brian Conley for her Strictly debut last year, but the pair were eliminated in week four.
However, she came back for the 2018 series and achieve this year’s first 10 with her partner Danny-John Jules
Aljaž joined the Strictly crew in series 11 and won his debut year with Abbey Clancey.
Since then, he’s been partnered with Alison Hammond and Helen George.
He finished runner-on in 2017 with actress Gemma Atinkson.
Despite only joining the show three years ago, Giovanni has managed to come runner-up twice.
He finished second with Georgia May Foote in 2015, before he repeated the feat with Debbie McGee 2017.
More recently he was paired with Faye Tozer.
He started dancing at a young age, learning his craft at his mum and dad Adrian and Debi’s dance school, Pritchard’s Dance and Fitness Academy in Cheshire.
Gorka Marquez joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 and made it to the final in 2017 with X Factor star Alexandra Burke.
While the 28-year-old didn’t walk away with the crown, he did snag himself a serious girlfriend, Gemma Atkinson.
Gorka has also represented Spain in the World Latin Championships in 2010 and reached the semi-finals of the 2012 WDSF World Cup.
Graziano Di Prima
Graziano is an Italian Latin Champion and the latest Strictly recruit who joined in 2018.
The 26-year-old has represented Belgium at the World Championships and toured the world with the dance company Burn The Floor.
Johannes is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion.
The 33 -year-old already has Strictly experience, having been a professional dancer for two seasons on the South Africa version, reaching the final both times.
She joined the Strictly line-up in 2018.
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Who won’t be returning to Strictly Come Dancing 2019?
Pasha shocked us all in February 2019 when he announced he would be leaving Strictly Come Dancing after a whopping eight years on the show.
The Russian pro announced the news on Twitter, emotionally posting: “It’s ‘time to find a new challenge.
“Thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind the scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production it is.”
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