Strictly Come Dancing unveils new professional dancers

22/08/13

Aljaz Skorjanec (L) and Kevin Clifton (R)

Strictly Come Dancing has unveiled four new professional dancers to complete the line-up for the next series.

Anya Garnis, Janette Manrara, Aljaz Skorjanec and Kevin Clifton have been added to the list of 11 other professionals.

There will be 15 couples in this year's competition. Producers say this series has "the biggest line up ever."

There will be eight female celebrities and seven male celebrities taking to the floor in the show.

None of the participants have been announced for the series.

Iveta Lukosiute, who stood in for Aliona Vilani on last year's Strictly Come Dancing and danced with TV presenter Johnny Ball, was previously announced to be joining the show on a permanent basis.

Other professional dancers in the line-up include Brendan Cole, Anton du Beke, James Jordan and Robin Windsor.

Aljaz Skorjanec (L) and Kevin Clifton (R)
Image caption Aljaz Skorjanec (left) and Kevin Clifton are also joining the BBC show

Artem Chigvintsev, Pasha Kovalev, Ola Jordan, Kristina Rihanoff, Natalie Lowe and Karen Hauer are the other dancers taking part.

British-born Emma Slater, who appeared in musical film Mamma Mia, is another newcomer.

The line-up change comes after producers announced four dancers from the last series would be leaving.

One of them, Erin Boag, had been on the show since the first series.

Aliona Vilani, Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone will also not be returning.

In a statement the BBC said they were all leaving "to focus on their careers outside Strictly and for professional reasons".

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