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Meet the four new Strictly Come Dancing professionals

This year's professional line-up will be the biggest in Strictly history


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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
Updated: July 11, 2022
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The new series of Strictly Come Dancing  kicks off on Friday night and we can't wait to see the new line-up of contestants show off their best moves on the dance floor. 

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The celebs won't be the only fresh faces on our screens, however, as four new pros have joined the cast for the biggest line-up of professional dancers ever!

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The new dancers will join the likes of Giovanni Pernice, Graziano Di Prima and Amy Dowden to compete for that coveted Glitterball trophy, and it certainly sounds like they have the qualifications for the job! Meet the four new pros here… 

Vito Coppola

Vito is the 11-time Italian Latin American Champion, who began winning national championships aged just ten-year-old! The star is a three-time World Championship finalist and European Cup Winner, and previously starred (and won) the Italian version of Strictly, Ballando con le Stelle. 

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Vito is the 11-time Italian Latin American Champion

Speaking about taking part, he said: "I am really excited to become part of this family. I cannot wait to start this new adventure and to challenge myself. Strictly sto arrivando! (or: Strictly I am coming!)”

Michelle Tsiakkas

Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas was the undefeated champion in Cyprus, winning national titles consecutively from 2001-2011 before moving to London and giving someone else the chance to win! The star has represented England at major international championships before joining the world touring dance show Burn The Floor.

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Michelle was the undefeated champion in Cyprus

She said: "Being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been my dream ever since I was a little girl. I cannot believe my dream has come true! I’m so grateful to be joining this incredible family and I can't wait to step on that magical dance floor and give it my all" 

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Lauren Oakley

Birmingham-born Lauren started dancing at just two years old and went on to win the Juvenile Champion across both Ballroom and Latin. She went on to become Under 21 British National Champion before going on tour, and has performed alongside Giovanni Pernice and Anton Du Beke during their national tours.

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Lauren started dancing at just two years old

Speaking about Strictly, she said: "I've grown up watching Strictly, always hoping that one day I could be part of the best show on television, doing what I love the most. Now that it’s happening, it doesn't quite seem real. I can't wait to start this new sequined adventure and join this incredible family.”

Carlos Gu 

Chinese National Champion Carlos is a multiple world semi-finalist, placed 3rd at the German Open Championship and became Amateur Latin Rising Star Runner Up at the 2017 UK Open. He said about joining the cast: "I'm thrilled to join Strictly and very excited to get started. It's a new chapter of my life and a new challenge as well. I'm absolutely ready to take on this journey and to shine." 

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Carlos is a multiple world semi-finalist

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