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4 new world-class professional dancers complete this year's Strictly line-up

Cameron Lombard, Jowita Przystal, Kai Widdrington and Nikita Kuzmin will join the 14 returning professional dancers when the competition returns for its 19th series this autumn.

Once again, this autumn, the nation’s favourite dance show, Strictly Come Dancing, will bring glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to Saturday and Sunday nights on BBC One.

The dazzling new dancers join the show following Janette Manrara's move to Strictly: It Take Two where she'll co-host with Rylan and Anton Du Beke's promotion to the judging panel alongside Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas.

Hailing from all across the globe: South Africa, Ukraine, Poland and the United Kingdom, the new professional dancers are; World Junior Latin American Champion 2010 and former Dancing With The Stars Ireland professional Kai Widdrington; six-time Latin and Ballroom National Champion in Italy and former Let’s Dance Germany professional Nikita Kuzmin; reigning South African Latin Champion Cameron Lombard; and Polish Open Latin Champion 2014 and winner of BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer 2020, Jowita Przystal.

They join 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.

Cameron Lombard

Reigning South African Latin Champion Cameron Lombard, 20, has won eighteen national titles across Ballroom and Latin during his dance career.

He started competing aged 6, 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.

Speaking about joining Strictly, Cameron said "Thank you Strictly Come Dancing for this life-changing opportunity. 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!"

Jowita Przystal

Twenty-six-year-old Jowita 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.

Speaking about joining Strictly, Jowita said "This is my biggest dream come true. No words can describe how I feel right now. I’m still pinching myself to check if this is real but I am beyond excited to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family and I can’t wait to give all of my heart and soul on that dance floor!"

Kai Widdrington

Kai, 25, was all set to follow in his dad's footsteps by becoming a professional footballer, but aged nine decided to take up dancing instead.

By the time he was 14, he became the World Junior Latin-American champion. As well as competing, Kai appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 aged 16 and made it to the final.

Kai 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.

Speaking about joining Strictly, Kai said "This is my childhood dream come true. 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. I can’t wait to step onto the Strictly floor and experience the exciting times that lie ahead."

Nikita Kuzmin

Nikita, 23, 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 a 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.

Speaking about joining Strictly, Nikita said "I’ve always been amazed by the magic Strictly Come Dancing brings. No matter what country I have found myself living in, I’ve never missed a chance to watch it. And joining it 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!”

Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year on BBC One


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