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'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021— lineup, air date, judges, dancers, and everything we know

Strictly Come Dancing celebrity line up.
'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 is here! (Image credit: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is heading to the final, with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman presenting the nation's favourite dancing competition.  

We wonder who'll we will be adding to our Strictly Come Dancing winners list?! 

Well, we now know it won't be AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington. AJ has had to pull out due to an injury. Rose Ayling-Ellis and John Waithe are therefore battling it out for the famous glitterball trophy.

Here is everything we know about Strictly Come Dancing 2021...

Strictly Come Dancing Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman

Claudia and Tess are bringing all the glitz and glamour back to our Saturday nights. (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 release date

Strictly Come Dancing returned on 18 September on BBC1 with the launch show, and will air each Saturday evening on BBC1 with the results shows airing on Sunday evenings at 7.10pm. 

All episodes will be added to BBC iPlayer after they have aired, so you can easily catch up. The FINAL airs on BBC1 on Saturday 18th December at 7pm!

'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 line up 

All fifteen celebrities are busy training for the 2021 series, with a musician, breakfast presenter, actor, chef, and comedian being just some of the professions making the line-up.

Here's the full line-up for Strictly 2021...

Tom Fletcher - out 8th

Tom Fletcher Strictly Come Dancing

McFly star Tom is looking forward to showing off his 'dad dancing'! (Image credit: BBC)

McFly musician and best-selling children's author Tom has been paired with professional dancer Amy Dowden. 

Tom has got a lot to live up to, not only did his bandmate Harry Judd win the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing, but Tom's wife, Giovanna Fletcher, is also the current queen of the jungle after winning the 2020 series of I'm A Celebrity - no pressure then! 

Speaking about his new adventure on Strictly, Tom said: "I think the fact that I’m actually going to be dancing on Strictly this year has only just started to sink in while I’m writing this! I’m incredibly excited, of course, but also totally terrified! My kids were excited too until I started showing them my best dad-dancing in the kitchen. I’m not sure how far they’ll get me in the competition but I can’t wait to add some new moves to my embarrassing dad-dancing repertoire."

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Rose Ayling-Ellis Strictly Come Dancing

Rose Ayling-Ellis is swapping Walford for waltzing this autumn.  (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis has been paired with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice. 

Rose joined EastEnders last year as Mick Carter's (Danny Dyer) secret daughter and has been at the centre of Walford drama ever since. 

It was announced on the EastEnders Twitter feed that Rose would be joining this year's Strictly line up, making history as the first deaf contestant to take part. Rose, who is the first deaf actor to play a deaf character, said of her Strictly adventure: "To be the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo exciting.. and a little bit scary. 

"It is the hardest secret I have ever had to keep so it feels amazing to finally have this out in the open! I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. But I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill and even better I get to learn whilst wearing beautiful dresses made especially for me!"

Rose is currently the favourite to win, having wowed the judges during Halloween week and receiving a perfect score of 40. 

Robert Webb - left due to ill health 

Robert Webb Strictly Come Dancing

Robert has departed 'Strictly' after three dances.  (Image credit: BBC)

Comedian and Peep Show star Robert Webb, who was paired with Strictly pro Dianne Buswell, has sadly announced he is leaving the show due to ill health. In a statement released on Wednesday 13th October, Robert said: “Two years ago I had open-heart surgery and although I believed I was fit enough to take on Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery. I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show."

Before joining the show, Robert said his main aim in Strictly is to avoid injury! "I am ludicrously excited to be taking part in Strictly this year. It’s a big, generous, joyful show and I can’t wait to get packed into a spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon directly at Claudia Winkleman. At least I think that’s what happens. 

"My goal is to try and survive from week to week without causing serious injury to myself or innocent bystanders. I know it’s going to be a challenge. To do well in this competition is a test of character, although mainly it’s a test of dancing."

Sara Davies - out 7th

Sara Davies Strictly Come Dancing

Sara is looking forward to the Strictly sequins. (Image credit: BBC)

Dragon's Den star Sara has been paired with professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec.

Sara said: "My mam and dad are going to be so excited. I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance. Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.

"The business world has taught me that tenacity, drive and determination deliver results, I hope that I can bring that to the dancefloor. And I’m excited to see the impact of all those hours of training on my mum tum!"

Rhys Stephenson

Rhys Stephenson Strictly Come Dancing

Rhys is looking forward to joining the Strictly family.  (Image credit: BBC)

Rhys is a children's TV presenter and has been partnered up with professional dancer Nancy Xu. 

Rhys is best known for hosting live from CBBC studio HQ, and has worked on programmes such as Blue Peter and Saturday Mash-Up

Speaking of joining Strictly, Rhys said: “I am BUZZING to be a part of Strictly Come Dancing 2021. I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation. I cannot wait to experience it all: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig’s glare! I am READY!”

Dan Walker - out 10th

Dan Walker Strictly Come Dancing

Dan is going to be showing BBC Breakfast fans his fancy footwork.  (Image credit: BBC)

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has been matched with professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova.

Dan isn't optimistic about his chances on the dancefloor, admitting: "I'm one of those people, I've danced at three weddings, two school discos. 

"I'm enjoying the experience of actually being able to learn to dance, have a bit of fun... we'll see what happens. I'm not making any room on our shelves in our house for the Glitterball."

Katie McGlynn - out second

Katie McGlynn Strictly Come Dancing

Former 'Coronation Street' star Katie was the second to leave the show.  (Image credit: BBC)

Actress Katie McGlynn was paired with professional dancer Gorka Marquez and became the second celebrity to be sent home after being in her second dance-off, this time against Judi Love. 

Katie, who is best known for her roles as Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street, and Diane's friend Becky in Hollyoaks said: "I'm nervous to see what people are going to think, because I'm not a dancer. I've always admired dancers, they're incredible at what they do. I think secretly I've always wanted to be one."

She added: "It's been so hard keeping it a secret, but I can finally say that I'm getting ready to shake my shimmy and become part of the Strictly family! I'm so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.

"Although I do get to have so much fun as an actress, a lot of my roles have involved quite serious and challenging storylines, so I'm fully ready to let my hair down and do something different, even if it is completely outside of my comfort zone."

Tilly Ramsay - out 9th

Tilly Ramsay Strictly Come Dancing

Tilly will be hoping to make celebrity chef dad, Gordon Ramsay, proud.  (Image credit: BBC)

Tilly Ramsay has been partnered up with professional partner Nikita Kuzmin. 

Tilly is known for her work on CBBC food show Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch and published a spin-off cookbook called Tilly’s Kitchen Takeover following the success of the children's TV programme. She also has a significant TikTok following and often posts funny videos alongside her dad, celebrated TV chef Gordon Ramsay.

Speaking about the opportunity, Tilly said: “I’m so excited and grateful to be joining the Strictly family! I’m always up for fun new challenges and this will be my biggest adventure yet! I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on and show my Dad how it’s really done! Bring on the glitz, glamour and sequins!”

AJ Odudu - retired before final due to injury

Aj Odudu Strictly Come Dancing

TV presenter AJ Odudu is excited for her mum to see her on Strictly!  (Image credit: BBC)

AJ Odudu has been partnered with new professional dancer Kai Widdrington. 

Speaking about joining the Strictly line up, TV presenter AJ said: "I am beyond chuffed that I am going to be on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing and I'm so glad I can finally tell my mum. Her face will be a picture, she’s going to be over the moon! I absolutely love the show and am fully committed to making the most of every second of the Strictly experience. Bring it on!"

John Whaite

John Whaite Strictly Come Dancing

John is swapping baking for dancing this autumn. (Image credit: BBC)

TV chef and author John Whaite is part of Strictly's first-ever all-male partnership with professional dancer Johannes Radebe.

John became a household name when he won the third series of The Great British Bake Off.

John said: “I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family. I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth. 

John will be competing alongside a male dancer, who has not yet been confirmed, and added that he was looking forward to being part of the first all-male duo. He added: "What’s more exciting for me, is that I’m going to be one half of the first all-male partnership, which is a great step forward in representation and inclusion. Whoever it is I’m paired with, I hope they are up for a challenge as I want our routines to include lots of spectacular lifts!"

Greg Wise - out third

Greg Wise Strictly Come Dancing

Greg's revealed he had a very special reason for joining the 'Strictly' line up.  (Image credit: BBC)

Actor and producer Greg Wise was paired with professional dancer Karen Hauer, they were voted out in week four after finding themselves in the dance-off with Judi Love. 

Greg become a household name with roles including Lord Mountbatten in Netflix's The Crown and John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility, which he starred in alongside his wife Emma Thompson.

Greg has revealed a sentimental reason for him wanting to join the dancing competition. He revealed: "My beautiful sister was a huge disco queen. She left our world almost exactly 5 years ago in a glitter ball coffin. This is for her. My gorgeous Diva sis, who would have been insane with excitement that her little bro was doing this. I will channel her, as her bro can’t dance - but I’m thrilled to be dipping my toes, knees, hips and arms into this wonderful world, and hope to make her proud, and obviously make her laugh..."

Nina Wadia - out first 

Nina Wadia

Nina was the first celebrity to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021.  (Image credit: BBC)

Former EastEnders star Nina Wadia was partnered with Strictly pro Neil Jones, however, the pair left in week one after ending up in the dance-off against Katie and Gorka. 

The fact Nina would be joining the lineup was confirmed on Lorraine, where stand-in host Christine Lampard announced that Nadia would be taking part in this year's series. When asked if she liked dancing, Nadia said: "I am so scared... I like dancing like no one is watching, so we just need to blindfold the judges and I will win. 

She added: "I think I should do this before I am too old and I can't walk anymore. I think this is the last year I am ever wearing heels. A lot has happened in the last couple of years and I just wanna grab life by the balls and enjoy it!"

Adam Peaty - out seventh

Adam Peaty Strictly Come Dancing

Adam is looking forward to taking on a challenge away from the swimming pool.  (Image credit: BBC)

Adam Peaty is an Olympic, World, European, and Commonwealth British swimming champion and has been partnered with Katya Jones. 

Confirming the news in a statement, Adam said: "I think this will come as a surprise to a lot of people, but I’m so excited to finally share the news that I’ll be joining Strictly this year. I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool. I’m hoping my competitive nature is going to compensate for my dancing abilities!"

Judi Love - out sixth

Judi Love Strictly Come Dancing

Judi is already a massive fan of Strictly, and now she is a contestant.  (Image credit: BBC)

Judi Love has been paired up with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima.

Judi has appeared on Loose WomenThe Jonathan Ross ShowThe Graham Norton Show8 Out Of 10 Cats does CountdownCelebrity JuiceThis Morning, and Good Morning Britain. She's also done stand-up throughout her career and is a BBC radio presenter. 

Judi said: "I think I am still in shock that I will be part of this amazing show. I’ve watched it for many years and admired the phenomenal abilities of these dancers and celebrities that have taken part and dedicated themselves to learning a new craft. 

"I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!! I can’t lie I’m soooo nervous but excited at the same time!!"

Ugo Monye - out fifth

Ugo Monye Strictly Come Dancing

Ugo is looking forward to his daughters coming to watch him on Strictly.  (Image credit: BBC)

Ugo Monye was the final celebrity to be announced this year and is dancing with double Strictly champion Oti Mabuse. 

Ugo has enjoyed a hugely successful rugby career, beginning his journey at Harlequins in 2002, he then went on to make 241 appearances for the club, scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.

Last month, it was also announced that Ugo would be one of the new team captains on BBC One's A Question of Sport.

Speaking of his new adventure on Strictly, Ugo said: “What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.

"My two beautiful daughters never had a chance to see me on the rugby pitch, so to know they can watch me waltzing and twirling every week is really special to me. I love an outfit at the best of times, so bring on the sequins!”

More: Strictly Come Dancing winners - can you remember them all? 

Week one dances 

AJ & Kai will be dancing the Jive to Gold Dust by DJ Fresh

Judi & Graziano will be dancing the American Smooth to Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin. 

Katie & Gorka are doing the Tango to Black Hole by Griff. 

Nina & Neil are doing the Samba to Mi Gente by J Balvin, Willy William ft Beyoncé.

Rose & Giovanni are also doing a Jive to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.

Sara & Aljaz are doing the Cha Cha to The Boss by Diana Ross.

Tilly & Nikita will be dancing a Waltz to Consequences by Camila Cabello.

Adam & Katya are dancing a Cha Cha to Beggin’ by Måneskin.

Dan & Nadiya are doing the Quickstep to Everybody Needs Somebody To Love by The Blues Brothers. 

Greg & Karen will be dancing an American Smooth to That’s Life by Frank Sinatra.

John & Johannes will be doing a Tango to Blue Monday by New Order.

Rhys & Nancy will be dancing a Viennese Waltz to End Of The Road by Boys II Men.

Robert & Dianne will be doing a Cha Cha to Rasputin by Boney M. 

Tom & Amy will dance a Cha Cha to September by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Ugo & Oti will be doing a Samba to Iko Iko (My Bestie) byJustin Wellington ft Small Jam. 

Week two dances 

AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will be dancing the Foxtrot to Tears Dry On Their Own by Amy Winehouse

Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima are doing the Samba to Get Busy by Sean Paul

Katie McGlynn and Gorka Márquez are performing the Jive to Good 4 U by Olivia Rodrigo

Nina Wadia and Neil Jones have the Tango to Would I Lie To You? By Eurythmics

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are doing the Salsa to Cuba by The Gibson Brothers

Sara Davies and Aljaz Škorjanec are dancing the Foxtrot to Dream A Little Dream Of Me by Cass Elliot

Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin will be doing the Charleston to Yes Sir! That’s My Baby by Firehouse Five Plus Two

Adam Peaty and Katya Jones are performing the Quickstep to Are You Gonne Be My Girl by Jet

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova are dancing the Paso Doble to Giant by Calvin Harris and Rag N Bone Man

Greg Wise and Karen Hauer are doing the couple’s choice to If You Could Read My Mind by Ultra Naté, Amber, Jocelyn Enriquez

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will be doing the Cha Cha to Starstruck by Years & Years

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu will be also be dancing the Cha Cha to Reach Out I’ll Be There by Human Nature

Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell are doing the Tango to La Cumparsita by Machiko Ozawa

Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse will be dancing the Quick Step to Bring Me Sunshine by The Jive Aces

Week three dances - movie week 

AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will be dancing the American Smooth to I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston from The Bodyguard.

Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima are doing the Charleston to When You’re Good To Mama by Queen Latifah, Taye Diggs from Chicago.

Katie McGlynn and Gorka Márquez are performing the American Smooth to Cruella De Vil by Mel Leven (Dr John version) from Cruella.

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are doing the Foxtrot to Rose’s Theme by James Horner from Titanic.

Sara Davies and Aljaz Škorjanec are dancing the Samba to Best Years Of Our Lives by Modern Romance from Shrek.

Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin will be doing the Jive to Nicest Kids In Town by James Marsden from Hairspray.

Adam Peaty and Katya Jones are performing the Rumba to I See You by Leona Lewis from Avatar.

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova are dancing the Foxtrot to Once Upon A Dream by Seth MacFarlane from Sleeping Beauty.

Greg Wise and Karen Hauer are doing the Paso Doble to The James Bond Theme by Monty Norman from James Bond.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will be doing the Paso Doble to He’s A Pirate by Klaus Badelt from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu will be doing the Couple’s Choice to the Spiderman Main Theme by P. Webster, J. Harris from Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.

Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell are doing the Quickstep to The Muppet Show Theme by The Muppets for The Muppet Show Movie.

Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden are dancing the Jive to Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry from Back To The Future.

Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse will be dancing the Couple’s Choice to You’re Welcome by Dwayne Johnson from Moana.

Week four dances 

Adam Peaty and Katya Jones will be dancing the Argentine Tango to Tango in the Night by Fleetwood Mac.

AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will be dancing the Samba to Don't Go Yet by Camila Cabello.

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova will perform the Cha Cha Cha to U Can't Touch This/Superfreak by MC Hammer/Rick James.

Greg Wise and Karen Hauer will be doing the Samba to Macarena by Los Del Rio.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will dance the American Smooth to I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) by George Michael and Aretha Franklin.

Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima are dancing the Waltz to Hero by Mariah Carey.

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu will dance the Salsa to Butter by BTS.

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice will Cha Cha Cha to Raspberry Beret by Prince.

Sara Davies and Aljaz Škorjanec are doing a Tango to Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel.

Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin will dance Paso Doble to Diablo Rojo by Rodrigo y Gabriela.

And finally, Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden are dancing the Foxtrot to Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra.

Week five dances

Adam Peaty and Katya Jones will be performing the Samba to George Michael's classic song, Faith.

AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will be performing the Argentine Tango to Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks.

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova will dance the Viennese Waltz to She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will dance the Charleston to Milord by Édith Piaf.

Judi Love and Graziano Di Parma will be performing a Cha-Cha set to Physical by Olivia Newton-John.

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu will dance the American Smooth to the Michael Bublé version of I've Got The World On A String.

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice will perform another Viennese Waltz set to Fallin' by Alicia Keys.

Sara Davies and Aljaz Škorjanec will be dancing the Rumba to You're Still The One by Shania Twain.

Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin will dance the Foxtrot to Little Things by One Direction.

Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden will be Salsa dancing to Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles.

Finally, Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse will be returning to the competition with the second Rumba of the night, set to Leave The Door Open by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic.

Week six dances

AJ Odudu & Kai Widdrington are doing the Viennese Waltz to Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande.

Judi Love & Graziano Di Parma will Cha Cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John.

Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice will do the Tango to Shivers by Ed Sheeran

Sara Davies & Aljaz Skorjanec will dance their Couple’s Choice to Queen Of The Night by Whitney Houston

Tilly Ramsay & Nikita Kuzman will Cha Cha to Spooky Movies by Gary Paxton

Adam Peaty & Katya Jones will Viennese Waltz to Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven

Dan Walker & Nadiya Bychkova will Jive to Rock Lobster by The B-52’s.

John Whaite & Johannes Radebe will Quickstep to Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Rhys Stephenson & Nancy Xu will do the Paso Doble to The Eve Of The War by Jeff Wayne

Tom Fletcher & Amy Dowden will do the Tango to Highway To Hell by AC/DC.

Week seven dances

AJ Odudu & Kai Widdrington are doing the Charleston to Don’t Bring Lulu by Dorothy Provine, Pinky and The Girls

Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice will do the Samba to Cinema Italiano by Kate Hudson

Sara Davies & Aljaz Skorjanec will dance Quickstep to 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

Tilly Ramsay & Nikita Kuzman will Tango to Kings & Queens by Ava Max

Adam Peaty & Katya Jones will Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

Dan Walker & Nadiya Bychkova will be doing the Couple’s Choice to Classic by MKTO

John Whaite & Johannes Radebe will Rumba to Shape of My Heart by Sting

Rhys Stephenson & Nancy Xu will Quickstep to What A Man Gotta Do by Jones Brothers

Tom Fletcher & Amy Dowden are doing the Paso Doble to Amparito Roca by Jamie Texidor

Week eight dances

AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington are doing the Paso Doble to Game Of Survival by Ruelle.

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are doing a couple's choice routine to Symphony by Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson.

Sara Davies and Aljaz Škorjanec will Argentine Tango to No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand

Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin are Quickstepping to I Won’t Dance by Damita Jo.

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova are dancing the American Smooth to King Of The Road by The Proclaimers.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will Samba to Acuyuye by DLG.

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu will rather fittingly do the Charleston to The Charleston by Bob Wilson and his Varsity Rhythm Boys

Finally, Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden will Viennese Waltz to Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.

Who are the 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 judges?

Strictly Come Dancing judges

Motsi, Shirley and Craig are set to return for Strictly 2021 and Anton will join them to replace Bruno.

Shirley Ballas is back as head judge with Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood joining her on the panel for another series of the dancing competition.

Strictly has also confirmed that Anton Du Beke will join the judging panel again, after a two-week stint during the 2020 series. This decision was made after international travel is still uncertain, meaning Bruno may not be able to head to the UK for judging duties.

Who are the 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 professional dancers? 

Professional Dancers Strictly Come Dancing 2021

The professional group dances are always a highlight of each series. (Image credit: BBC)

The 2021 professional lineup sees Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu and Neil Jones all returning to the show.

Oti Mabuse will also be returning in a bid to defend her Strictly champion title after becoming the first dancer in the show's history to win two consecutive series. She won in 2019 with actor Kelvin Fletcher, and then won Strictly 2020 with Bill Bailey!

However, the professional dancer has revealed that Strictly 2021 could be her last year. She told telegraph.co.uk: "I love to dance and love bringing joy to so many people, but I think Strictly 2021 will be the last. Honestly, as a woman I can't be dancing forever."

Sarah James, Executive Producer of BBC Studios, says: "We are so thrilled to be welcoming back our incredible line-up of professional dancers for 2021.

"Their passion and dedication for Strictly shone through more than ever last year as they all sacrificed so much to deliver an unforgettable series during unprecedented and challenging times.

"With so much talent returning to the ballroom, the 2021 series promises more show-stopping choreography, memorable performances, and world-class dancing."

We now know that the regular line-up will be joined by four brand-new faces on the Strictly dance floor this year. Dancing with the Stars Ireland pro Kai Widdrington, six-time Italian Latin and Ballroom Champion Nikita Kuzmin, reigning South African Latin champion Cameron Lombard, and Jowita Przystal, winner of BBC1's The Greatest Dancer will all be taking to the floor when the show returns!

Will the series be filmed in the Blackpool Tower ballroom?

Sadly not, as it was recently confirmed the dancers wouldn't be travelling to Strictly Come Dancing's iconic home this year due to the pandemic. Confirming the news, Executive producer Sarah James told The Mirror:  “We are all so sad that we won’t be able to get to Blackpool this year but can’t wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future.”

Instead, the professional dancers will again isolate together in a hotel near the Hertfordshire studio, where the new series will be filmed.

'It Takes Two' presenters 

Janette Manrara Strictly Come Dancing.

Janette will be swapping dancing for presenting as she replaces Zoe Ball on It Takes Two.  (Image credit: BBC)

In a shake up on Strictly Come Dancing spin off show It Takes Two, the legendary Zoe Ball has left her presenting role after ten years and now professional Strictly dancer Janette Manrara has hung up her dancing shoes as she joins Rylan Clark-Neal on the sofa. Because of her new presenting role, it means Janette won't be dancing on Strictly Come Dancing 2021, however she has promised that she will continue with her passion. She told the BBC: "I am still going to be seeing my fellow pros all the time and I will keep dancing, as they say." 

Zoe Ball announced her departure from the show last month with a post on her social media pages. She said: "Dancer lovers, after 10 joyous years I am walking away from It Takes Two. As a massive @bbcstrictly fan I have loved spending my Autumn teatimes with the celebrity dancers, the gorgeous and awesome pro dancers, the judges, my girl Vicky Gill, Rylan, Gethin and of course my main man Ian Waite. Time now for some new cha cha challenges."

Who won the last series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'?

Bill and Oti lift the litter ball trophy in 2020

Bill danced his way to victory with partner Oti Mabuse in 2020. (Image credit: BBC / Guy Levy)

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 was a huge hit, giving fans some much-needed escapism and entertainment on their Saturday night.

The final saw EastEnders star Maisie Smith, comedian Bill Bailey, Made in Chelsea's Jaime Laing and singer HRVY all battle it out over the glitterball trophy.

In the end it was Bill Bailey and his dance partner Oti Mabuse who were crowned winners, making Oti the first Strictly professional dancer to win two years in a row.

We will update this article as and when new information is released about Strictly Come Dancing 2021.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC1 from Saturday 18 September at 7.45pm. 

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


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