Strictly Come Dancing confirms its 2019 professional dancer lineup after shake-up

4 March 2019, 11:00

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By Tom Eames

Strictly Come Dancing has only been off our screens for a couple of months, but plans are already afoot for the 2019 series.

The celebrity contest has now confirmed its professional dancer lineup, and there is only one change this year.

Pasha Kovalev is the only star to not return for 2019, after he announced last month that he will be leaving after several years on the show.

However, he will not be replaced by a new male dancer.

This means there will be 17 professionals for the show's 17th series, which is expected to return in August or September.

Kevin Clifton, who won the 2018 series with Stacey Dooley, is among the returning professionals, while Strictly veteran Anton Du Beke is the only star from the original series.

Could this mean that Neil Jones finally gets a professional parter? He has been a backup dancer on the show for several years, while his wife Katya won it in 2017.

The 2019 dancers are:

AJ Pritchard

Aljaž Škorjanec

Amy Dowden

Anton Du Beke

Dianne Buswell

Giovanni Pernice

Gorka Marquez

Graziano Di Prima

Janette Manrara

Johannes Radebe

Karen Clifton

Katya Jones

Kevin Clifton

Luba Mushtuk

Nadiya Bychkova

Neil Jones

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