Three new professional dancers join the Strictly line-up
Three new professional dancers have joined the Strictly Come Dancing line-up ahead of the fourteenth series in 2016.
The BBC announced today (Tuesday, July 26) that World Champion Neil Jones and British and European Youth Latin and Ballroom Champions, AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt will be appearing in the latest series as professional dance partners to celebrity contestants.
Neil Jones is a four-time British National Champion and three-time World Amateur Latin Championships winner with his wife Katya Jones. He and Katya were also World Professional Latin Showdance Champions in 2015.
AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt last year won the biggest championship in the world to become British Open Youth Latin Champions. The pair also became European Youth Latin Champions that same year. They were National Youth Latin Champions for three years in a row between 2012-2014.
Pritchard and Hewitt are the youngest ever professional dancers to grace the competition at ages 21 and 20, and first began watching Strictly in 2004 before they were even in double digits.
Jones, Pritchard and Hewitt join the already-announced professional dancers for the series, including Aljaz Skorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Brendan Cole, Pasha Kovalev, Kevin Clifton, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, Karen Clifton, Joanne Clifton, Katya Jones, Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe, Oti Mabuse and Oksana Platero.
Strictly Come Dancing executive producer Louise Rainbow said: “We are very excited that three British champions are joining the Strictly family. Our viewers are in for such a treat this year and I hope they give our new dancers a big Strictly welcome!”