Everyone put your excitement hats on and tie up those dancing shoes because Strictly Come Dancing is warming up to come back on our screens. While the celebrity guests remain a mystery for a little while yet, we’ve finally got confirmation of which of the celebrity dancers are returning this year.
Though we all knew Aliona Bilani, Kristina Rihanoff and Ola Jordan were not returning to the show – with the latter too being a little too honest for the BBC’s liking, perhaps – there’s one big shock leave: Gleb Savchenko.
Unfortunately, down to family commitments, the Strictly favourite isn’t waltzing into our screens. Boo!
The star said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed taking part on the last series of Strictly Come Dancing and especially the way that the UK gave me such a warm welcome but due to family commitment I won’t be returning to the show for the next series – I’ll definitely be tuning in though.’
The male dancers returning are Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Pasha Kovalev, Aljaz Skorjanec, and Giovanni Pernice; for the girls, it’s Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Marara, and Oti Mabuse.
With people leaving the dancing competition, that means we’re due some new additions: so meet World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez.
There’s only one word for this: WOW.
We are 100% excited for this series. Roll on the contestant announcements!
WATCH: At least we still have the memories… like this little Christmas present