Gorka Marquez

Say hola to Strictly's superb señor

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28
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It could be third time lucky for Spanish superstar Gorka, who's taking to the dancefloor with charity founder and campaigner Katie Piper by his side this year!

First joining the Strictly family back in 2016, his debut was cut short when he only made it to week three with EastEnders star Tameka Empson. But Gorka's luck changed in 2017, as he soared through to the Final with partner Alexandra Burke, before they were pipped to the post by Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

Having been within touching distance of the Glitterball trophy, he'll surely be hoping to make it all the way with Katie in 2018!

Background

Having begun dancing at the age of 12, it didn’t take long for Gorka to become one of the top dancers in his native Spain. He represented Spain in the World Latin Championships in 2010, and reached the semi-finals of the 2012 WDSF World Cup.

In 2014, Gorka took a lead role in the global dance phenomenon Burn The Floor - a job which saw him touring the globe. But he’s swapped the stamps in his well-thumbed passport for the glitz of the Strictly ballroom, returning for yet another fab-u-lous year. We can’t promise the weather will be up to scratch this time around, Gorka, but we can guarantee you’ll have a blast!