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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Three New Pros, Gleb Departs

The BBC have announced the pro line-up for 2016, with three new pros joining the competition.

Photos Igor Malakhov; Gorka Marquez; Edward Gelhaus

Gorka Marquez is a Spanish latin specialist and a veteran of Burn The Floor (of course!). Here is a clip of him performing a paso with his professional partner Irene Martin in 2012.

He said: “I feel very excited and grateful to be joining Strictly Come Dancing and to be one of the professional dancers for the new series. It’s something that every dancer dreams of and something that I always wanted to have the opportunity to do.”

The name Katya Jones might ring a bell with some. Russian-born Katya is the wife and professional partner of Strictly choreographer Neil Jones. Here is a clip of Katya & Neil performing a show dance in 2013.

Katya said: “I am so privileged to be joining Strictly Come Dancing. I know it is extremely intense, but so am I! I am fierce, fabulous, and would love to win!”

The final newbie is Oksana Platero. Oksana is from Ukraine, and was formerly a troupe dancer on Dancing With The Stars in the US. Here she is performing a samba on the show with Kiki Nyemchek.

Oksana said: “Words cannot describe how extremely excited I am to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family this year. I am so fortunate to be given the opportunity. It feels so surreal and I cannot wait to get started.”

It has also been announced that Gleb Savchenko has decided not to return: “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the last series of Strictly Come Dancing and especially the way that the UK gave me such a warm welcome but due to family commitments I won't be returning to the show for the next series - I'll definitely be tuning in though.”

A nation mourns the fact that the 'Gleb special' will not see the light of day again.

So, the female line-up will be Katya, Oksana, Karen, Janette, Natalie, Oti and Joanne, who returns to the competition after only featuring in pro numbers last year.

The male line up will be Gorka, Anton, Brendan, Aljaž, Giovanni, Kevin and Pasha.


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