Strictly Come Dancing: Pro dancers fear axe as BBC appoint new producers

Tess Daly (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing's professional dancers fear they could be axed because the BBC has appointed a new production team for this year's series.

With the show's former team now working on The Voice, a new group of TV execs have been brought in to refresh Strictly ahead of its return in September.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror today, husband and wife pro dancers James and Ola Jordan said they were "very nervous" about their future on the show.

“If they want to change it, there is nothing we can do," James told the newspaper. "We survived before Strictly so we just have to keep our fingers crossed. We really want to stay on.”

Fellow ballroom pro Kristina Rihanoff added: “It is the thing we want to do – but you do get nervous because it is a thing you love and you want to be there.”

Vincent Simone meanwhile revealed that everyone was being left in the dark about the changes, explaining: “The whole team is going to be changing.

"They’re running with their own thing before they call us, so it’ll be a while before we know what’s happening.”

A show source confirmed that there would be "changes" to the professional line up this year, with the new producers already having their eye on some new faces to bring in.

“There have been changes to the professional dancers before and there will be again this year," the insider commented. “It is looking like there will be a bloodbath with as many as four or five changes. It’s important the show stays fresh.

"If you are a dancer and haven’t had a call by the end of May you should start looking for other work.”

The new series will also see a new judge, after Alesha Dixon quit the show in January to take part in Britain's Got Talent.

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