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.
Nadiya Bychkova is one of the three new dancers, alongside Amy Dowden and Dianne Buswell. 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 Nadiya:
Who is Nadia Bychkova?
Nadia Bychkova, 27, is a two-time World Champion and European Champion in Ballroom and Latin ‘10’ Dance. Hailing from Ukraine, she is a multiple Slovenian Ballroom and Latin Champion and has taken part in the Bosnian version of Strictly.
“I'm extremely happy to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family this year. One of my biggest dreams is to be part of this great show and I can't wait to get started!" she said.
In addition to dancing, Nadia has also modelled – appearing on the covers of Slovenia’s editions of Playboy and FHM as well as featuring in many campaigns for Slovenian fashion brand Lisca.
“Modelling is very closely connected with dance,” she explained to The Sun.
“Both require the art of performance and a suitable appearance.”
Best-ever finish: Nadiya’s a new dancer, so we’ll see where she finishes this year.
Worst-ever finish: Nadiya’s a new dancer, so we’ll see where she finishes this year.
Did you know? Nadiya has a little girl with her partner, Slovenian footballer Matija Skarabot.
Celebrity partner 2017: Davood Ghadami
Photo credits: Matt Crossick/PA Wire