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Monday 14 October 2019

Strictly Come Dancing announces line-up of professionals for 2019 series

Anton Du Beke, Gorka Marquez and Kevin Clifton are among those who will return.

Anton Du Beke (Ian West/PA)
Anton Du Beke (Ian West/PA)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Strictly Come Dancing veteran Anton Du Beke will return for another series of hit dance show, the BBC has confirmed.

Kevin Clifton, who won the most recent series with Stacey Dooley, will also return alongside Gorka Marquez, AJ Pritchard and Katya Jones.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018 winners Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley (Guy Levy/BBC)

Du Beke, who is known as the King of Ballroom, has appeared in every series of Strictly Come Dancing to date, but is yet to win.

It was announced last month that Pasha Kovalev, who won the show in 2014 with celebrity partner Caroline Flack, will not return for another series.

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Pasha Kovalev, with his most recent partner Ashley Roberts, is leaving the show (Aaron Chown/PA)

However, Aljaz Skorjanec, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara Johannes Radebe, Karen Clifton, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones and Oti Mabuse will all return for the 17th series of the show.

Di Prima, Radebe and Mushtuk were all new additions to the Strictly line-up in 2018, with Di Prima partnering radio DJ Vick Hope to get to week five.

Radebe and Mushtuk are yet to compete with a celebrity contestant, while Neil Jones is yet to partner a star in the main series – although he has taken part in two Christmas specials.

Jones and his wife Katya were embroiled in scandal during the 2018 series when Katya was photographed kissing her celebrity partner Seann Walsh, while he was in a relationship with actress Rebecca Humphries.

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Seann Walsh with Katya Jones (Ray Burmiston/BBC)

Sarah James, executive producer at BBC Studios, said: “We are delighted that this year’s line-up of professional dancers for Strictly Come Dancing is full of familiar faces and fan favourites.

“This amazing cast of incredibly talented world class professional dancers have provided Strictly with some of its most memorable moments over the years and with more exciting announcements to come, plus world renowned choreographer Jason Gilkison also returning to the team, Strictly 2019 promises to continue to wow viewers with unforgettable performances as we welcome this dazzling line up of pros back to the ballroom.”

Information about which dancers will be partnered with celebrity contestants will be announced in due course, the BBC said.

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