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24 November 2023, 13:16
Strictly Come Dancing is returning to our screens!
Strictly Come Dancing is making its way back to Saturday nights for its 21st series in 2023.
Nikita Kuzmin has been confirmed as a dancing professional for this year’s show, and he's partnered up with Layton Williams.
The pair have topped the leaderboard on several occasions with their incredible routines, and are one of the favourites to win the competition.
Here’s everything you need to know about him:
Nikita Kuzmin is a professional dancer who secured six-time wins as Italian Champion in Latin and Ballroom. In 2020, Nikita worked as a professional dancer on German entertainment show Let’s Dance (similar to Strictly Come Dancing).
Speaking to Strictly Come Dancing, Nikita said that he is “amazed” by the “magic” that the show brings every year and added that he’s looking forward to his “big chance” to be a part of it.
“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,” Nikita told the show.
“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!”
Nikita Kuzmin was born on December 23, 1997. He celebrated his 25th birthday in 2022.
He is originally from Ukraine. When Nikita was nine years old he moved to Italy with his family.
Nikita Kuzmin was previously in a long-term relationship with professional dancer Nicole Wirt who is based in Frankfurt, Germany.
The couple had been dancing together for a number of years as a partnership.
As of 2023, Nikita is in a relationship with Charlie Backshall, a TikTok star from Perth in Australia. The 21-year-old is the host of sex podcast, The Hotline.
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