Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Two pros won't get a celebrity partner this year

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Two of this year's Strictly Come Dancing 2016 pro dancers won't be competing, it's been revealed.

While BBC bosses have announced a total of 17 pros for this year's series - including six newbies - there will only be 15 celebrity contestants.

It means two of the pros will only be involved in the group performances and act as standbys in case another pro is injured.

Earlier this year the BBC confirmed that Kristina Rihanoff, Ola Jordan, Aliona Vilani, Tristan MacManus and Gleb Savchenko would not be back for the 2016 pro line up.

New faces in their place are world-class Latin and Ballroom dance experts including World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and top Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez.

Also joining Strictly are a trio of British dancers including World Champion Neil Jones and British and European Youth Latin and Ballroom Champions, AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, who will be the youngest ever professional dancers to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Meanwhile returning to the Strictly dance floor are the marvellous male dancers, Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Pasha Kovalev, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice; and the fabulous female dancers returning are Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse.

They 17 pros will be paired up with one of 15 celebrity performers.

So far 10 celebs have been confirmed for the Strictly 2016 line up: Singer Anastacia, BBC Breakfast Presenter Naga Munchetty, model Daisy Lowe, Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, singer Louise Redknapp, Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom, former politician Ed Balls, singer Will Young, TV presenter Laura Whitmore and sports broadcaster Ore Oduba.

The remaining five will be confirmed next week ahead of Strictly's launch show on September 3 where the pairings will be announced.

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