Four brand new professional dancers have been announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2021.
Strictly Come Dancing will sashay back onto our screens this autumn for its 19th series.
The multi-award-winning series returns this autumn to BBC One, as the nation’s favourite dance show once again brings glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to Saturday and Sunday nights.
The dazzling new dancers include Cameron Lombard, Kai Widdrington, Nikita Kuzmin and Jowita Przystal.
The four new professional dancers will be joining the professional dancers already revealed for the upcoming series: Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones, and Oti Mabuse.
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Reigning South African Latin Champion Cameron Lombard might only be 20, but he has won 18 national titles across Ballroom and Latin during his dance career.
Cameron started dancing at the age of six, and within a year he was already winning local and regional competitions.
In 2012 he was a finalist on South Africa’s Got Talent and in 2019 he represented South Africa at the World Championships.
Cameron revealed that being a pro on the popular BBC show is a "dream come true".
"Thank you Strictly Come Dancing for this life changing opportunity," he said.
"Not only is this a dream come true but a challenge I am accepting with both hands. I am excited beyond imagination and looking forward to leaving my mark on the dance floor!”
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When he was nine, Kai Widdrington was set to follow in his father's footsteps with hopes of becoming a professional footballer but then took a U-turn and took up dancing instead.
At just 14 he became the World Junior Latin-American champion.
Kai appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 when he was only 16 and made it to the final.
He has been a professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars in Ireland since its first series in 2017. He finished twice as runner-up on the show in 2018 and 2020.
At 25, he's joining the Strictly Come Dancing team of pros, revealing his "childhood dream has come true"
He said: "Watching Strictly from the very first series as a young boy from Southampton and now 18 years later, to be a professional dancer on the show is the most amazing feeling and the biggest accomplishment of my career."
Nikita Kuzmin was born in Ukraine and lived there until he was nine years old when his family moved to Italy to support his sister’s dancing career.
He started dancing aged four after initially wanting to do karate like his hero Jackie Chan.
During his nine years in Italy, Nikita became six-times Italian Champion in Latin and Ballroom.
In 2020 Nikita was a professional dancer on Let’s Dance, Germany’s version of Strictly Come Dancing.
Nikita is just 23 and will be waltzing onto our screens this autumn.
The 23-year-old dancer explained: "Joining as a professional dancer is my big chance to make some magic on the most famous dance floor. I can’t wait to give it my all!”
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Jowita Przystal started ballroom dancing at the age of 12 and is a Polish Open Latin Champion.
In 2015 she ended her competitive Ballroom and Latin career to join the cast of touring dance company, Burn The Floor, where she stayed for four years before moving to the UK in 2019.
Under the mentorship of Strictly Champion Oti Mabuse, she won the BBC’s The Greatest Dancer in 2020, and the prize of performing on Strictly Come Dancing.
Being a pro on Strictly is Jowita's "biggest dream come true" and "no words can describe" how she feels.
"I’m still pinching myself to check if this is real," she said.
The new additions come after it was announced that Janette Manrara would be leaving the show to host spin-off It Takes Two, and Anton Du Beke would be joining the judging panel instead.
Strictly Come Dancing will return to our screens this autumn.
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