Love Generation Bob Sinclair
22 June 2017, 10:02
The dancers are leaving the show only months before the 2017 series is set to kick off!
Joanne Clifton has quit her role as one of the professionals on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The 33-year-old dancer only joined the BBC programme in 2016 and won the coveted glitterball trophy in her first year alongside her partner Ore Oduba.
But Joanne will not be returning to 'Strictly' when the new series begins later this year.
Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton Jive to 'Runaway Baby'
However, she isn't the only one departing the programme as Ukrainian ballroom and Latin dancer Oksana Platero has also left the programme, with Natalie Lowe having already confirmed her departure from 'Strictly'.
From L to R: Oskana Piatero, Natalie Lowe and Joanne Clifton | Picture: BBC
The trio of female professionals are being replaced by Dianne Buswell, from Australia, Nadiya Bychkova, from Ukraine and Amy Dowden, from Wales.
Nadiya is a two-time World Champion and European Champion in Ballroom Dance and previously competed on the Bosnian version of 'Strictly' but now looks forward to impressing the UK fans.
She said: "I'm extremely happy to be joining the 'Strictly Come Dancing' family this year. One of my biggest dreams is to be part of this great show and I can't wait to get started."
Dianne, who previously appeared on 'Dancing with the Stars Australia', revealed she is excited by the opportunity to demonstrate her talents on the BBC show.
She shared: "What an honour it is to be a part of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. "Words can't describe how excited I am to take on this amazing challenge and give it my everything."
And Amy, the current British National Champion, is super excited too saying: "Becoming a professional dancer on 'Strictly Come Dancing' has made my wildest dreams come true, it does not feel real. I have always been proud of my Welsh roots and feel so honoured to be the first Welsh professional dancer on the most loved show on TV."