Here it is! Strictly has announced it's brand new pro dancer as Latin specialist Nancy Xu from China.
BBC Strictly announced recently on the stalwart show that Latin specialist Nancy Xu will join the professional dancing team on 'Strictly Come Dancing' when the show returns this autumn for Season 16. They celebrated her 28th birthday today with the announcement.
The Chinese professional dancer will join the team that consists of AJ Pritchard, Aljaz Skorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones and Oti Mabuse.
The pro dancer's announcement comes a week after the announcement of judge Motsi Mabuse, as the replacement for Darcey Bussell, who will have to judge her own sister (remember Oti?). Xu will get the chance to dance with a celebrity partner as well, which is yet to be confirmed.
Nancy is not just a rookie. She is a world-class Latin dancer and has already gathered a wealth of experience with theatrical dance shows. She was a finalist on 'So You Think You Can Dance in China in 2014 and also appeared in the Chinese franchise of 'Dancing With the Stars'.
Nancy was also a finalist in the under-21 World Championships in 2010 and was third in the 2010-2012 CBDF National Amateur Latin Championships. She was the runner-up at the 2013 International Singapore Championships. It will not be her first rodeo to be appearing in front of experienced people this time.
Known for her work on hit West End and Broadway sensation 'Burn The Floor' since 2015, Nancy cannot wait to begin her work at Strictly Come Dancing and is excited about the opportunity. The fans are excited about her appearance as well, even if the announcement was out of the blue.
The professional dancers will begin their rehearsals today ahead of the new series starting in the autumn.