Strictly Come Dancing's professional dancers star in their own TV special tonight

Strictly The Professionals tonight on BBC One

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Strictly Come Dancing's professional dancers will star in their own TV special this evenng.

Strictly The Professionals will share the stories of the current crop of dancers on the BBC One series.

The full line up of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 pros were announced earlier this year.

2019 sees the departure of Pasha Kovalev who announced his exit previously in 2019 "to find a new challenge", while new pro Nancy Xu joins the line up.

Making up the male pros for 2019 are AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Kevin Clifton and Neil Jones.

Alongside new pro Nancy, the female dancers are Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova and Oti Mabuse.

The BBC say of the new special: "Behind every Strictly celebrity dancer is a world-class professional who has been honing their craft for decades.

"This all-twirling, all-waltzing, all-jiving super crew are the lifeblood of Strictly Come Dancing, over the years having transformed more than 200 flat-footed celebrities into fully-fledged ballroom superstars - and in the process becoming national treasures in their own rights.

"Strictly The Professionals will look at how the current crop of professionals made their journey to the Strictly ballroom, revealing how they discovered dance and the sacrifices they made to get to the top of their game.

"The programme will also offer viewers an exclusive backstage pass to Strictly HQ, revealing some of the show’s most guarded secrets - including how the celeb and professional pairings are decided by producers."

Alongside the pros, the show will also see appearances from former celebrity contestants Jeremy Vine, Ed Balls and Ann Widdecombe who will take a trip down memory lane and recall some of the astonishing highlights from their time on the show.

Strictly: The Professionals airs on BBC One tonight, Saturday, September 14 at 7PM.

It'll air in the week between this Saturday's Strictly launch and the live shows starting on September 21.

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