Strictly Come Dancing: See 2019's Strictly professionals in new glam photoshoot

Strictly 2019 professionals in new photoshoot

The Strictly Come Dancing 2019 pros have gone glam for a brand new photoshoot.

And this year there are a few changes to the professional line up.

Earlier this year, the BBC announced a brand new pro line up of Strictly Come Dancing dancers.

Pasha Kovalev has left Strictly after eight years. Pasha said of his exit: "After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals and lifting 1 glitter ball, it's time for me to find a new challenge and so I've decided to make last year - my final season on Strictly.

"I've had 8 fantastic years, full of wonderful memories, thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind the scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production that it is."

Meanwhile, joining the show is World-class Latin dancer Nancy Xu. Nancy Xu, 28, from China was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in China and a dancer on hit West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.

A specialist in Latin, Nancy was a finalist in the U21 World Championships in 2010, took third place in the 2010-2012 CBDF National Amateur Latin Championships and was a runner up at the 2013 International Singapore Championships.

That means that making up the Strictly 2019 pros are, for the men, AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Kevin Clifton and Neil Jones.

Joining them alongside newbie Nancy are, for the women, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova and Oti Mabuse.

That's a total of 18 pros although three - newbie Nancy, Gorka and Graziano - won't have celebrity partners this year.

They'll still appear in the group dances and on It Takes Two, as well as acting as standbys should there be any unlucky injuries.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this Saturday night with the first weekend of live shows.

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