Entertainment Dianne Buswell breaks her silence on Oti and Aljaž quitting Strictly
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Speaking at his stage show, Craig, 57, revealed bosses had told the judges that the ballroom dancer, would be waltzing back to the panel this autumn. © Provided by Daily Mail Big news: Craig Revel Horwood has revealed Anton Du Beke will return as a judge on next year's Strictly Come Dancing - replacing show stalwart Bruno Tonioli He told The Sun: 'I really love Anton. I think he is fantastic. I think last year he did a great job on Strictly as a judge.'And we have just found out he is going to do it again this year.
has insisted that and Aljaž Škorjanec will always be part of , despite announcing their departures from the dance show earlier this year.
Speaking to stand-in Lorraine presenter Christine Lampard on Tuesday's show, the professional dancer, 32, explained that while it was 'really sad' to see the two dancers go, they would still 'see everyone'.
She said: 'I started with Aljaz many many years ago before Strictly, so I’ve known Aljaz and Janette for ages. To see Aljaz go is really sad.'
She continued: 'It’s like your brother is leaving, but the thing with everyone - and same with Oti - is we’re so close that we’re still going to see everyone.
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Strictly stars Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington have gone public with their relationship after they were spotted walking hand-in-hand through Belfast airport. The professional dancers had just touched down after jetting in from Luton airport on Sunday morning to watch co-star Giovanni Pernice's live show later that evening.Both wearing sunglasses, they strolled through the arrivals lounge looking very 'loved up' according to onlookers, who told how the pair made no attempt to hide their feelings for each other.
'We’ll still see them - they’re still a part of the show, it’s just they won’t be there.'
In February, Oti, 31, took to Instagram where she confirmed that she wouldn't be returning to the BBC One dance show after seven years.
It is said she wanted to pursue other TV opportunities having established herself as a talent show judge with roles on's The and the current series of .
She left Strictly after winning the Glitterball trophy in two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56.
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Oti shared a selection of photographs highlighting her time on Strictly, with snaps of herself alongside her celebrity partners, and a group shot from the latest series.
She captioned the post: 'Never easy to say goodbye ♥️ I have been part of the most amazing TV show, Strictly Come Dancing for the past seven years and it has been an incredible time.
'Lifting the glitter ball twice and having the best journey with all my celebrities, but also meeting and working with the best team, crew, producers, celebs and incredible professional dancers!
'You are my family and I adore you all forever. Thank you @sarahjamesface @jack.will.g and @jasongilkison for truly believing in me.
'I'm honestly so grateful to The BBC and will always remember that Strictly and BBC brought me to the UK - which I now call home and I have learnt and grown so much. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
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The Strictly Come Dancing end-of-series Christmas party has been reportedly cancelled over fears of the Omicron Covid variant. Cast and crew of the show were set to enjoy a boozy bash at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, where the BBC ballroom dance concert is filmed, after the final a week on Saturday.However, bosses have decided to cancel the bash, with the staff and stars said to be 'gutted' after this year's 'long and painful' series.
'I can't put into words how difficult this decision has been, but I have decided not to return for the next series.
'Dance will always be my first love and to everyone, my family especially, friends, strictly fans and judges who have been my support throughout my strictly journey, thank you for being incredible!
'You are irreplaceable in my heart and have made everyday unforgettable! I love you. I will always Keeeep Dancing! and I will never forget my amazing Strictly experience! Lots of Love Oti xxx.'
Meanwhile Aljaž followed in the footsteps of his wife Janette , who announced her own departure from the pro lineup last year as she moved into the presenter role for spin off show It Takes Two.
In a statement released last month, Aljaž said: 'On a beautiful sunny day in May 2013 one phone call changed my life forever!'
It went like this... we would like to offer you a position on @bbcstrictly as a professional dancer. A dream became a reality and it was the biggest opportunity for a 23 year old boy from Slovenia'
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'It didn't matter how many beautiful ballrooms I performed in during my competitive career, stepping onto the sacred Strictly floor was the most nervous I had ever been.
'A little while ago I made the tough decision that Strictly 2021 would be my last. The show has given me an opportunity and freedom to create and express myself in front of millions of people every weekend for the last 9 years.
'The love and support I got from the team of producers was second to none. Jason Gilkison, Sarah James, Kim Winston, Jack Gledhill are just a few of the unsung heroes behind the success of the show - I am forever grateful to them!
'Being a part of a group of professionals that inspire and push you to be better every step of the way is humbling and I will carry that inspiration with me forever. Every year the lineup of dancers would change but one thing stayed the same, WE WERE THE BEST! And this is one thing that I know will never change on Strictly!
'Strictly also has the BEST backstage team - the hair and make-up team, costume department, lighting, sound, props and special effects, camera operators… THANK YOU!'
Strictly couple Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington depart rehearsals
The pair, who recently went public with their romance, strolled out of the rehearsal studio ahead of the professionals tour which kicks off on April 28. Nadiya, 32, opted for a laid back look for the day as she sported a white crop top along with a pair of blue jeans. © Provided by Daily Mail Preparations: Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington appeared in good spirits as they departed Strictly Come Dancing tour rehearsals together on Monday The dancer added to her outfit with a black jacket while she also sported matching open-toed heels.
Alijaz, who won the Glitterball trophy in his first year on the BBC competition, went on to pay tribute to the nine celebrity partners he has danced with on the show, writing: 'My beautiful partners - Abbey Clancy, Alison Hammond, Helen George, Daisy Lowe, Kate Silverton, Gemma Atkinson, Emma Weymouth, Clara Amfo and Sara Davies.
It's hard to put into words how many beautiful memories we have had. I LOVE YOU ALL!'
He also had sweet words for his wife Janette, gushing: 'To my bucka.. from picking songs, creating stories and choreographing steps we always did it as a team. Your talent and selflessness knows no bounds.'
'We were dating when we started together on the show and now we are husband and wife. We got to perform with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, BBC Symphony Orchestra.. moments I will keep in my heart forever. I LOVE YOU!'
'And finally, thank YOU, the people that watch Strictly who have been so kind to me all these years. Every comment, vote, kind message never went unnoticed. You are the reason we all do it, thank you!'
'I have lots of exciting stuff planned that I will fill you in on soon. I can't wait to see what the future holds! KEEEEEP DANCING!'
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