Strictly’s next class of celebs

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ONE OF the most pres­ti­gious dance shows on TV has started and this UK sea­son brings even more glitz and glam­our than ever be­fore.

Strictly Come Danc­ing UK sea­son 16, which airs on BBC Brit on Sun­days at 6pm, holds a starstud­ded celebrity class.

New to the pro­fes­sional dancer line-up is Jo­hannes Radebe, twotime Pro­fes­sional South African Latin Cham­pion and three-time South African Am­a­teur Latin Cham­pion.

“Join­ing Strictly Come Danc­ing is one of the great­est achieve­ments of my danc­ing ca­reer. It is such an hon­our to be cho­sen to be a part of an in­cred­i­ble cast and be part of one of the big­gest shows cel­e­brated world­wide,” said Radebe.

An­other favourite to join the cast is Pussy­cat Dolls’ Ash­ley Roberts.

No stranger to the dance in­dus­try, Roberts danced and sang in sev­eral per­for­mances on stage with the pop group Pussy­cat Dolls and also starred in Danc­ing On Ice, which she says has given her a good set-up for the show.

But she still feels a bit pres­sured. “Peo­ple are aware of the Pussy­cat Dolls and what I’ve done. But in the last cou­ple of years I’ve been on TV and do­ing stuff with Keith Le­mon and host­ing stuff. So it’s a new skill.

“I’m re­ally grate­ful to be here and I’m re­ally ex­cited about the chal­lenge and the jour­ney,” she said.


Roberts hopes to add some of her per­form­ing back­ground into her danc­ing rou­tines and hopes to cre­ate magic with her pro­fes­sional dance part­ner, Pasha Ko­valev. The Siberian-born dancer has been with the show since sea­son nine.

““All the pro dancers are pretty amaz­ing. We were watch­ing their re­hearsal and your jaw goes on the floor. They’re pros for a rea­son.

“They re­ally un­der­stand how to work with you and com­mu­ni­cate with you and talk you through things.

“I re­ally want to im­press all the judges but most of all Shirley Bal­las … she is on it,” said Roberts.

Roberts said although she likes ball­room, she is look­ing for­ward to learn­ing the salsa and tango.

“The whole ball­room world

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