NANCY Xu is the new addition to the line-up of professional dancers for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and she will be strutting her stuff when series 17 kicks off TONIGHT (Saturday, September 7).
The talented dancer will, no doubt, cha-cha-change the game as Pasha Kovalev’s replacement. Here is what we know about the Latin dance specialist…
Who is Nancy Xu?
The 28-year-old dancer, whose slot on Strictly Come Dancing 2019 was announced on her birthday, is of Chinese decent.
She specialises in Latin dance and will replace Pasha Kovalev, who quit the hit BBC One series in February, 2019.
Nancy Xu gushed about landing the job, with the star describing it as a “dream come true” and the “most beautiful gift”.
On her Instagram page, she wrote: “I’m thrilled and excited! I cannot wait to start this new journey with all these amazing people and share the magic together.Thank you so much Strictly for one of the most beautiful birthday gifts ever, thank you for making my dream come true!”
What shows has Nancy Xu appeared in?
Nancy is no stranger to appearing in a hit TV series, as she was on the Chinese version of So You Think You Can Dance?
Also, the raven-haired beauty took to the stage in the Broadway and West End versions of Burn The Floor.
What’s more, she has numerous titles to her name including runner-up at the 2013 International Singapore Championships, third place in the 2010-2012 CBDF National Amateur Latin Championships and a finalist in the U21 World Championships in 2010.
Who is Nancy Xu dating?
Let’s hope the Strictly curse does not strike Nancy, as she appears to be in a happy long-term relationship.
The dancer is dating an Italian performer named Mikee Introna Michele, who also appeared in Burn The Floor.
Mikee features heavily on Nancy’s Instagram page, with the two often seen kissing and cuddling in snaps.
Why did Nancy Xu join Strictly Come Dancing?
The professional dancer got her big break on Strictly following Pasha’s shock announcement in February that he would be quitting the show.
Since revealing his decision to leave the series he has married Countdown mathematician Rachel Riley, who is expecting their first child.
The two tied the knot in Las Vegas in June, 2019 with Rachel sharing a picture of the newlyweds with her Twitter followers.
Who is Nancy Xu being partnered with on Strictly Come Dancing?
The professional dancers are yet to find out who they will be paired up with on the BBC dance show.
However, the pairings will be revealed during the Strictly Come Dancing: Launch Show, which is prerecorded on Friday, August 30, 2019.
Host Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman launch the new series, partnering up the celebrities with their professional dance partners.
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When can I watch Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on BBC One?
Strictly Come Dancing is returning for its 17th series on BBC One in 2019 TONIGHT (September 7, 2019).
Proceedings technically kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
But the main show will air live on Saturday evenings with the results the following day on Sundays.