With Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton and Oksana Platero all saying goodbye to the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor, three new dancers have been recruited to help whip this year’s batch of celebrities into shape.
Dianne Buswell is heading to the Strictly dancefloor for the first time, alongside Amy Dowden and Nadia Bychkova. They will be joining familiar faces such as Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Karen Clifton and Janette Manrara among the ranks of the Strictly pros.
Here’s what you need to know about Dianne:
Who is Dianne Buswell?
Like former Strictly pro Natalie Lowe, Dianne is an Aussie. As well as being an Australian Open dancing champion, Dianne has appeared on Australia’s version of Strictly - Dancing with the Stars - and has appeared on Broadway’s Burn the Floor.
Dianne has already said she’s excited to be joining the Strictly family: “What an honour it is to be a part of Strictly Come Dancing! Words can’t describe how excited I am to take on this amazing challenge and give it my everything! See you on the dance floor!”
In Australia’s Dancing with the Stars, season 14, Dianne took to the floor with former AFL player Jude Bolton and they became the fifth couple to be eliminated.
Dianne, who is known for her trademark red hair, has recently been part of fellow Strictly pro Giovanni Pernice’s touring show Il Ballo e Vita, which translates as Dance Is Life.
Best-ever finish: Dianne’s a new dancer, so we’ll see where she finishes this year.
Worst-ever finish: Dianne’s a new dancer, so we’ll see where she finishes this year.
Did you know? Dianne has appeared in musicals Rock Of Ages and Legally Blonde.
2017 partner: Rev Richard Coles.
Photo credits: Matt Crossick/PA Wire