Strictly Come Dancing welcomed the Chinese dancer Nancy Xu in the professional line-up when they finally started rehearsals for the new series on Tuesday.
Nancy confirmed the news on her 28th birthday and grumbled that it was a & # 39; dream come true & # 39; was to get a job in the show because she is replacing Pasha Kovalev who stopped the show earlier this year.
She said: & # 39; I am excited and excited! I can't wait to start this new journey with all these wonderful people and share the magic together. Thank you very much Strictly for one of the nicest birthday gifts ever, thank you for making my dream come true! & # 39;
Exciting: Strictly Come Dancing welcomed the Chinese dancer Nancy Xu, 28, into the professional line-up when they finally started rehearsals for the new series on Tuesday
Nancy had previously appeared as a professional in the Chinese version of So You Think You Can Dance? and also recorded the stage in the Broadway and West End versions of Burn The Floor.
As a specialist in Latin, she was also a finalist at the U21 World Championships in 2010, she took third place in the CBDF National Latin Latin Championships 2010-2012 and she became second at the International Singapore Championships 2013.
She will become a member of AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones and Oti Mabuse, when they start pro-dancer rehearsals for the new series in the fall.
It remains to be seen when the celebrities will finally be unveiled for the new series, as they are usually unveiled one by one in the month of August.
Wonderful: the star appeared earlier on the Chinese version of So You Think You Can Dance? (above) and is an expert in Latin American dancing
Romantic: in a show dominated by the & # 39; Strictly Curse & # 39; Nancy seems to be a taken woman, because her social media reveals a long-lasting romance with Italian performer Mikee Introna Michele
Nancy also seems to be a taken woman in a show dominated by the so-called & # 39; Strictly & # 39; curse, because her social media reveals a long-lasting romance with the Italian performer Mikee Introna Michele.
Her addition comes after pro Pasha Kovalev has confirmed that he had left the show in February after seven years on the show, which he won in 2014 with Caroline Flack.
The Russian pro confirmed the news a few months before it was announced that he and Countdown & Rachel Riley – whom he met during the show – announced that they were not just expecting their first child, but were secretly in a surprising Vegas ceremony married.
Amazing: Nancy already seems to know many of the Strictly professionals thanks to her work on the Burn The Floor show
He tweeted at the time: & # 39; After scoring 93 perfect tens, reaching 4 finals and lifting 1 glitter ball, it's time for me to find a new challenge and so I decided to take my last one last year season on Strictly.
& # 39; I have had eight fantastic years, full of wonderful memories, thanks to incredible partners, professionals and a large number of behind-the-scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production it is.
& # 39; Big thanks go to all members of the audience who have supported me so much over the years – I look forward to seeing you on the Strictly Pro-Tour this spring and for many more adventures to come .
Caroline herself wrote: & # 39; SO sad to hear the news that Pasha is leaving strictly. You have given me some of the most proud moments in my life. & # 39;
Rumors are circulating around this year's professional line-up after it was announced in April that Katya & # 39; had been offered a limited role & # 39; in the line-up by bosses after her explosive kiss scandal with Seann Walsh last year.
However, one source told MailOnline that the decision to teach someone before the official show details are announced & # 39; unfounded & # 39; is.
They added: "The decision is only taken when the time comes and when couples of celebrities are confirmed. & # 39;
Departure: the addition of Nancy comes after Pasha Kovalev announced in February that he had strictly stopped the show after seven years (shown in 2014 with winner Caroline Flack)
She is here! Last week it was also confirmed that Motsi Mabuse would replace Darcey Bussell in the jury
Last week it was also confirmed that Motsi Mabuse would replace Darcey Bussell in the jury.
The brunette beauty, who is the lookalike sister of Strictly pro Oti, will join the jury for the BBC competition series as a replacement for Darcey Bussell.
Motsi will now sit on the panel alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli for the seventeenth series of the BBC show.
Regarding her new role, the dancer commented: & # 39; I am absolutely thrilled to become a member of the Strictly jury.
& # 39; I have so much respect and admiration for the other three jury members and hope to add my own sparkle to the show. I can't wait to get started & # 39 ;, she added.
Brothers and sisters: Motsi is the lookalike sister of Strictly pro Oti (pictured in the middle with Motsi, right, and sister Phemelo, left)
Since the announcement, some rumors have been circulating to get into the 2019 line-up, including Coronation Street stars Catherine Tyldesley and Lucy Fallon, as well as I & # 39; m A Celeb King Harry Redknapp.
The list of rumors will also be added to Line Of Duty's Adrian Dunbar, Keith Duffy, Louis Theroux, Peter Crouch and RuPaul's Drag Race judges – Michelle Visage and Alan Carr.
Despite the claims, BBC executives still have to confirm the participants to participate in the highly anticipated series.
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