So for many weeks we have waited eagerly for the Strictly Pro announcement for 2017. Yesterday, when we least expected it, Strictly surprised us with the professional line-up 2017!
We already heard that Natalie would no longer be on Strictly, however there were some surprises as we heard that Joanne Clifton and Oksana Platero would not be returning to the floor. Jo will be pursuing a new adventure in the world of musical theatre (having watched her in Thoroughly Modern Millie, we’re pretty sure she’ll be spectacular wherever she goes.) Natalie will be going on a new tour called Rip It Up (which we are very excited about seeing.) and Oksana has chosen not to return to the Strictly dancefloor. My 7 year old is convinced she’s going to turn into a butterfly (following her Paso Doble with Judge Rinder Last Year!)
We heard there’ll be 3 new girlies joining the Strictly Professionals. The first is Dianne Buswell (currently touring on Giovanni’s Dance is Life Tour and a former Burn the Floor Alumni, as well as a former Dancing with the stars Australia professional.) Nadiya Bychkova who is a 2-time world and european Ballroom and 10-dance champion and Amy Dowden who is current British champion and one of the highest ranking UK dancers.
We were happy to read that all the other Strictly pros will be returning to the show and in our eyes Strictly 2017 is going to be truly epic. Although we are sad to see three of our favourite professionals bid farewell to the show, change is good and Strictly continues to evolve and amaze us each series with dances that get bigger, better and even more fab-u-lous than ever before.
Some things will stay the same. We are really thrilled to see that the two legends of Strictly – Anton and Brendan are returning to the show. We do however have a couple of big questions this year. The first is Will Kevin win the Glitterball? He is the only pro Ever to have reached 4 finals, but have been pipped to the post for the Glitterball *gives Kevin a consolatory hug.* Surely, if any pro deserves a glitterball for their hard work, it has to go to this man for his hard work and dedication to the Strictly cause.
The second is will all the professional dancers have a partner this year? We really hope so, but have a feeling there may be a couple of pros who are partnerless. After watching Chloe partner Gethin in the Christmas Special, we’d love to see her get a partner, and we really want to see Neil partner a celebrity this year too!
What do you think? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below, to let us know. We’d also like to hear what you think of this year’s pro line-up. We’ll also be hosting a special Strictly Pros themed and 2017 themed Strictly Support Group Chat, this Saturday from 8pm. We hope to see you then.
In case you missed the news yesterday, here are the pros for this year’s series of Strictly