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Sunday 18th August 2019

Strictly announces new dancer as the professional line-up is confirmed

Rehearsals have begun!

Following the news of Motsi Mabuse becoming the newest judge on Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC has announced the latest professional joining the Strictly family.

World-class Latin dancer Nancy Xu will be joining the group of professionals this year, with the final line-up of pro dancers also now confirmed by the BBC.

Nancy's arrival comes as rehearsals get underway for the new series of the dance competition.

I cannot wait to start this new journey with all these amazing people and share the magic together.
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Nancy, 28, said: "I'm thrilled and excited! I cannot wait to start this new journey with all these amazing people and share the magic together."

Strictly has now revealed the final line-up of professional dancers for this year's series.

The male pros taking part are: AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Anton du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Kevin Clifton and Neil Jones.

The female dancers will be: Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Oti Mabuse.

Show favourites, including Anton du Beke, will return this year (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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Nancy will fit right in with her peers as she has an impressive dance background.

She was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in China and a dancer on hit West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.

Nancy will join the likes of Oti Mabuse in the pro line-up (Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

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A specialist in Latin, Nancy was a finalist in the U21 World Championships in 2010. She took third place in the 2010-2012 CBDF National Amateur Latin Championships and was a runner-up at the 2013 International Singapore Championships.

A Strictly rep said news about the Strictly 2019 celebrity line-up will be announced in due course.

So far, rumoured famous faces include TV host Anneka Rice, Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing and EastEnders star Emma Barton.

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