Strictly to announce three contestants on The One Show

Strictly to announce three contestants on The One Show

The first batch of Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestants will be announced tonight.

Strictly's official Twitter account said three names will be revealed on BBC's The One Show from 7pm onwards.

This year's series will see viewers introduced to the new judge, Motsi Mabuse, sister of Strictly professional, Oti.

Professional dancer Motsi was previously a dancer and then judge on the German Strictly equivalent, Let's Dance.

She joins the returning judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The popular dancing series also has a new face in the form of Latin dancer Nancy Xu who joins the professionals line-up.

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Latin specialist Nancy Xu who will be joining the pro-dancer line-up for Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)


Xu was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in her home country of China and performed in hit West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.

She takes over from Strictly professional Pasha Kovalev, who announced his departure from the show earlier this year, telling fans it was "time for me to find a new challenge".

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Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Ranj Singh (bottom) and Gorka Marquez celebrate winning the award for best Talent Show for Strictly Come Dancing in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Stacey Dooley attends the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Lauren Steadman, Faye Tozer, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Amy Dowden attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Strictly Come Dancing finalist Dianne Buswell leaves BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show.
Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard and Lauren Steadman (both at centre) meet members of the cast after watching Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London.
File photo dated 27/08/18 of Strictly Come Dancing contestant Vick Hope, who has said she is getting by on just three hours of sleep a night while training for the programme.
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dr Ranj Singh and his professional dance partner Janette Manrara during rehearsals at a dance studio in London.
Giovanni Pernice arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Neil Jones and Katya Jones arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Anton Du Beke, Neil Jones, Johannes Radebe, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, AJ Pritchard, Giovanni Pernice, Pasha Kovalev, Graziano Di Prima and Kevin Clifton arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Aljaz Skorjanec and Katya Jones arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Bruno Tonioli, Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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Bookies have sent odds on speculative contestants including names like Sam Allardyce, Jodie Comer, Una Healy, Michelle Visage and Chris Evans.

Radio DJ Evans revealed last year that he had spoken to Strictly show bosses, but more recent reports have suggested he may not be among this year's line-up.

Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing is also reported to have been recruited this year, according to The Sun.

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