Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 professional dancers?

STRICTLY Come Dancing 2021 is now starting to take shape.

The BBC dance show have announced which professional dancers will take to the floor and compete for the famous glitterball trophy.

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 professional dancers?

Aljaž Škorjanec

Aljaž joined the Strictly crew in series 11 and stormed to victory with Abbey Clancey.

Since then, he's been partnered with Alison Hammond, Helen George and Daisy Lowe.

He finished second in 2017 with actress Gemma Atkinson. and danced with Clara Amfo in 2020.

The dancer, who is married to Janette Manrara, is a 19-time Slovenian champion in ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance.

Amy Dowden

Amy made her Strictly debut in 2017 with celeb partner Brian Conley, but the pair were eliminated in week four.

However, she came back for the 2018 series and achieved the first 10 of the series with her partner Danny-John Jules.

In 2019, Amy set a personal record, making it to the final with celeb partner Karim Zeroual.

She was partnered with JJ Chalmers in 2020 and the pair went on to reach the quarter-finals.

Anton Du Beke

One of the few stars of the original 2004 line-up, Anton Du Beke is returning for his seventeenth series.

The Strictly legend has danced alongside Laila Rouass, Patsy Palmer, Jan Ravens, Jerry Hall, Judy Murray and Gillian Taylforth.

Anton's best result came in 2019 when he made it to the final alongside EastEnders stars Emma Barton. 

But he was the first out in 2020 with Jacqui Smith – which gave him the chance to step in as a replacement judge for Motsi Mabuse.

Dianne Buswell

Dianne made her debut on Strictly in 2017, when she was partnered with Reverend Richard Coles. The two were sent home in week three.

However, things took a turn for the better when Dianne was partnered in 2018 with Joe Sugg – as the pair are now a real-life couple.

She partnered Max George in 2020.

Dianne has also starred on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Dancing With The Stars Australia.

Giovanni Pernice

Despite only joining the show five years ago, Giovanni has managed to get to the final three times!

He finished second with Georgia May Foote in 2015, before he repeated the feat with Debbie McGee in 2017.

In 2018 he was paired with Faye Tozer and made it to the final again!

Ranvir Singh was his celeb partner in 2020 and they made it to the semi-finals.

Gorka Marquez

Gorka joined Strictly back in 2016. A year later, the pro dancer made it to the final with partner Alexandra Burke.

In 2018 Gorka was paired with TV presenter and charity campaigner Katie Piper, but the duo were sent home in week four.

In 2019, Gorka wasn't partnered up with a celeb – but in 2020 he was paired with EastEnders actress Maisie Smith and the pair made it to the final and finished runners-up.

Graziano Di Prima

Graziano joined the Strictly crew in 2018.

He made his debut with DJ Vick Hope, but left the competition in the fifth week.

He hasn't been paired with a celebrity since but remains on the show as a support dancer.

Graziano is an Italian Latin Champion and has represented Belgium at the World Championships.

Janette Manrara

Janette first joined Strictly in 2013.

She has been paired with the likes of Jake Wood, Peter Andre and Aston Merrygold over the years.

Her 2019 partner Paralympic table tennis champ Will Bayley didn't last long as he was injured in week six, but she nabbed the first perfect score of 2020 with dance partner HRVY, and finished runners-up.

Johannes Radebe 

Johannes got his first celebrity pairing in 2019 with Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley.

The pair got knocked out in the Halloween episode.

He got his second shot at the Glitterball Trophy in 2020 with Caroline Quentin but the pair made an early exit.

Johannes is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion.

Karen Hauer

Karen is Strictly's longest serving female pro dancer, first hitting the dance floor in 2012.

In her third Strictly series, Karen was paired with Essex boy Mark Wright and made it to the final.

In 2019, she made it to the semi finals with comedian Chris Ramsey.

Jamie Laing was her 2020 partner and the pair made it all the way to the final.

Katya Jones

Katya claimed the Glitterball prize in 2017 along with Holby City actor Joe McFadden.

The Russian pro was previously married to Strictly professional Neil Jones.

But she became widely known after THAT kiss with 2018 dance partner Seann Walsh.

In 2019, Katya made it to week eight with Mike Bushell, but she was forced to pull out of the 2020 series after testing positive for coronavirus.

She had made history by being part of the show's first same-sex pairing with Nicola Adams.

Luba Mushtuk

Luba officially joined Strictly in 2018.

In 2019, she had her first celebrity pairing, with Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell.

However, the pair only made it to week two.

She remains as a pro backing dancer in 2020 despite not being paired with a celeb.

Nadiya Bychkova

Nadiya also made her debut in 2017 and made it to week 11 with EastEnders star Davood Ghadami.

She exited the show in week three in 2018 with partner Lee Ryan.

In 2019, Nadiya and celeb partner David James made it to week five, but failed to bag a celeb in 2020.

Neil Jones

Neil Jones has been a Strictly dancer since 2016.

However, Neil only got his first celeb partner in 2019 with ex-footballer Alex Scott.

After going without a celeb partner in 2020, will he be given a chance to win the competition in 2021?

Nancy Xu

Nancy  joined Strictly in 2019.

However, 2021 will mark the first year in which she has been given a celebrity partner.

Nancy been a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in China and starred in West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.

Oti Mabuse

2020 is Oti's sixth year on the show.

In 2019 the South African dancer took home the Glitterball with partner Kelvin Fletcher.

She lifted the trophy again in 2020 with partner Bill Bailey, making her the first professional dancer to win Strictly in consecutive years.

In 2019 she was also on the box as a judge on The Greatest Dancer.

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2021 start?

BBC have not yet confirmed when Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will start.

The 2020 series started in mid-October, a month later than usual due to the Covid pandemic – but it remains to be seen whether the new series will go back to the regular September start.

The 2020 series also ran for nine weeks instead of the usual 13.

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