Katya Virshilas axed from Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – but James Jordan survives!
Katya Virshilas has reportedly been axed from this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The Lithuanian-Canadian dancer and actress – who also worked on So You Think You Can Dance – has starred on the BBC show since 2009 and so far, has partnered Dan Lobb, Gavin Henson and cricket star Phil Tufnell. However, it has been reported today that bosses have decided to axe her from the 2012 lineup, as they want to add some new blood to the series.
It was expected that male pro James Jordan and his wife Ola would also be sakced as part of the shakeup, but at a meeting with executives last week it was reportedly decided that both would continue to partner celebrities later this year.
James rowed on air last year with both Craig Revel Horwood and head judge Len Goodman, so expect sparks to fly in a few months time when he comes face to face with the panel once more.
New producers Glenn Coomber and Andrea Hamilton made the final decision and an insider told The Sun:
“Glen and Andrea wanted to meet the dancers and hear why they wanted to do this year’s show.
“They always knew they wanted to bring in fresh talent but it was about deciding who would have have to make way and they decided to give Katya the boot.
“She is not as high profile as some of the other female dancers, although it was a close call and it was nothing personal against her.
“Producers are excited about the new dancer, who they hope will shake up the show and keep the other professionals on their toes.
“All the other dancers are back, including James, who many thought might be axed because of his row with Craig.
“But producers want as much drama as possible this year and bringing James back to face Craig could provide that.”
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