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Saturday 23rd March 2019

BBC announce official Strictly Come Dancing pro line-up!

Which of your dancing faves are back?

It feels like we just finished the last one, but it's officially time to get excited for the 2019 series.

The BBC took to Instagram on Monday morning to reveal the Strictly Come Dancing dancer line-up, and it includes a few familiar faces...

Dianne reached the final with boyfriend Joe Sugg (Credit: bbcstrictly Instagram)

Beside a video montage of the pros, the BBC wrote: "It’s never too early for some #Strictly 2019 news! Today we are excited to welcome back our fabulous world class pros! 💃🏻🕺🏻🏆."

So excited, I cannot wait for Strictly already

Featured in the line-up are returning heroes, AJ Pritchard, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Amy Dowden, Oti Mabuse, Dianne Buswell, Kevin Clifton and his ex-wife Karen.

Oti has been busy lately with The Greatest Dancer (Credit: bbcstrictly Instagram)

Husband and wife couples coming back include Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, as well as Katya and Neil Jones.

The only missing fan favourite is Russian dancer Pasha Kovalev, who recently confirmed he had quit the show after eight years.

Newer faces include Graziano di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Luba Mushtuk and Nadiya Bychkova.

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Strictly fans were very excited about the post with one commenting: "Yay, cannot wait, bring it on ❤️❤️." Another said: "So excited, I cannot wait for Strictly already." A third added: "Yeah! Good line up."

Fans are delighted with the pro line up (Credit: BBC)

A few expressed relief to see Kevin Clifton - who won the latest series with presenter Stacey Dooley - whose return was in question after he announced a new job on Instagram.

He's set to be a judge on new ITV show All Star Musicals alongside singers Elaine Paige, Kristen Chenoweth and West End star Trevor Dion Nicholas. It starts on Sunday 17 March, but it means the 36-year-old will be back in time for the end-of-year dance show.

There was speculation 2018 winner Kevin wouldn't be back (Credit: bbcstrictly Instagram)

Followers commented: "The world sighs in relief when Kevin's face appears! 🤩😍🤩😍." A second gushed: "It's OK, Kevin is still gonna be there!" While another said: "I thought Kevin said he was leaving or was he leaving if he didn't win?"

There had also been question marks over married couple Katya and Neil Jones, after they were embroiled in the biggest Strictly Curse controversy ever.

Fans are campaigning for Neil to have a celeb partner this year (Credit: bbcstrictly Instagram)

Fans celebrated: "YES @mr_njonesofficial!!!!! 😍😍😍🔥🔥🔥." A second added: "Yasss!!! Please give @mr_njonesofficial a partner this year!"

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We are THRILLED to see so many lovely familiar faces. Is it too early to start booking in the Strictly viewing parties?

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