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BBC bosses are splash­ing the cash to put on the big­gest ever Strictly Come Danc­ing – and have found a hunky re­place­ment for Bren­dan Cole.

The 2018 se­ries boasts an ex­tra three pro­fes­sional dancers, boost­ing their ranks from 15 to 18.


Among the new ad­di­tions is Graziano Di Prima – a hunky Ital­ian ready to fill Bren­dan’s big shoes.

The 42-year-old view­ers’ favourite was axed af­ter 14 years fol­low­ing a se­ries of ar­gu­ments with judges.


Si­cil­ian beef­cake Graziano, 24, is an Ital­ian Latin Cham­pion whose brood­ing looks have al­ready seen him com­pared to Poldark’s Ai­dan Turner. He said: “This is my dream come true. ”

The other new dancers are South African Jo­hannes Radebe, 31, and Rus­sian bomb­shell Luba Mush­tuk, 28.


Jo­hannes, 31, is an award-win­ning Latin dancer in South Africa and was a pro on Strictly in his na­tive coun­try, reach­ing two fi­nals.

He said: “Join­ing Strictly Come Danc­ing is one of the great­est achieve­ments of my danc­ing ca­reer.


Luba, pre­vi­ously an as­sis­tant chore­og­ra­pher for Strictly, said: “Words can­not ex­press how thrilled I am to do what I love on the great­est show.”

DITCHED: Dancer Bren­dan

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