Strictly Come Dancing professionals CONFIRMED for 2020 series

Kevin Clifton has quit the show


by Alex Ross |
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Just days after Strictly Come Dancing favourite Kevin Clifton announced he's quit the show, BBC bosses have now unveiled the 17 professionals dancers taking part in the 2020 series, which is expected to arrive later this year.

Despite Kevin leaving, viewers will be excited to see all of the other Strictly favourites returning, including AJ Pritchard, Anton Du Beke, Gorka Márquez and last year's winner Oti Mabuse.

Check out all of the 2020 Strictly Come Dancing professionals below:


Strictly Come Dancing 2022 professionals stacked

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Kai Widdrington

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Cameron Lombard

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Nikita Kuzmin

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Jowita Przystal

Amy Dowden5 of 16
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Amy Dowden

Dianne Buswell6 of 16
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Dianne Buswell

Giovanni Pernice7 of 16
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Giovanni Pernice

Gorka Marquez8 of 16
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Gorka Marquez

Johannes Radebe9 of 16
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Johannes Radebe

Karen Hauer10 of 16
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Karen Hauer

Katya Jones11 of 16
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Katya Jones

Graziano Di Prima12 of 16
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Graziano Di Prima

Luba Mushtuk13 of 16
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Luba Mushtuk

Nadiya Bychkova14 of 16
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Nadiya Bychkova

Nancy Xu15 of 16
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Nancy Xu

Neil Jones16 of 16
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Neil Jones

Speaking after the announcement, Sarah James, Executive Producer at the BBC Studios, said: “It’s wonderful to welcome back so many talented individuals within this year’s line-up of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers. They are each at the top of their game and as a cast are simply incredible. We can’t wait to see what magic they will bring to the ballroom this year. Strictly 2020 promises to be an unforgettable series, with more exceptional choreography and world-class dancing.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Clifton announced he was leaving the show after seven years, telling fans on social media, 'To the entire Strictly family, The past 7 years have been some of the most wonderful years of my life. I am grateful to the BBC and Strictly Come Dancing for giving me the opportunity to have been a part of something truly special.'

He added, 'Since first being called ‘Kevin From Grimsby’ by Sir Bruce Forsyth in 2013 I have experienced the highs of 5 finals, winning a Guinness World record on It Takes Two, the Strictly Arena tour glitterball and then the ultimate of winning the 2018 series with Stacey Dooley. After finishing last series with the Children In Need trophy and the Christmas Special I want to leave on a high and have therefore decided the time has come to move on and focus on other areas of my life and career.

'I want to thank all of the pros for inspiring me every day as well as all of my celebrity partners. The whole team behind the scenes have made always made the Strictly family what it is and the loveliest show to work for.

'Thank you to anyone who has ever voted for me and my partners. It means the world. And a special thank you to Jason Gilkison for always believing in me.'

Although no celebrities have been announced for the 2020 series, there's a lot of rumours flying around. Check out the 2020 rumoured Strictly Come Dancing line-up right here.

Strictly Come Dancing will return later in the year.

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