Strictly Come Dancing 2022 professionals line up revealed – who’s left and who’s new

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 has revealed its professional dancers for this year’s upcoming series.

Strictly will be back this autumn to once again bring sequins, sparkle and sensational dancing to the nation.

The returning professionals confirmed to be appearing on this year’s show are Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.

They’ll be joined by FOUR brand new pro dancers making Strictly’s biggest ever professionals cast with a total of twenty dancers.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 male professional dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 male professional dancers. Credit: BBC/Guy Levy

Those joining the show are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.

Sarah James, Executive Producer, commented: “We could not be more proud of the Strictly professional dancers and we are so happy to have so many returning for 2022. The world-class skill and extraordinary care they bring to everything they do, from working with their celebrity partners to choreographing and performing remarkable and unforgettable routines, never ceases to amaze us.

“They really are the best in the business and we can’t wait to see what they bring to the Strictly ballroom for our twentieth fabulous series.”

The new 2022 pro line up comes after two exits.

Oti Mabuse was first to depart in February, saying: “Dance will always be my first love and to everyone, my family, friends, Strictly fans who have been my support throughout my Strictly journey, thank you for being incredible! You are irreplaceable in my heart and have made every day unforgettable! I love you.

“I will always Keeeep Dancing! and I will never forget my amazing Strictly experience!”

The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 female professional dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 female professional dancers. Credit: BBC/Guy Levy

Her exit was followed by Aljaž Škorjanec who is stepping down after nine years.

He said: “Being a part of a group of professionals that inspire and push you to be better every step of the way is humbling and I will carry that inspiration with me forever. Every year the lineup of dancers would change but one thing stayed the same, WE WERE THE BEST! And this is one thing that I know will never change on Strictly!”

Further announcements and information, including which dancers will be partnered with celebrity contestants, will be announced in due course.

Presented by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, Strictly typically starts in September.

Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse will be back as judges together with Anton Du Beke.