Strictly Come Dancing 2010: Professional lineup revealed!

After last year’s introduction of three new female dancers, this year sees three new males taking to the dance floor on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. There will also be a new group of professional dancers, who will not partner celebrities but instead concentrate on group routines for the live shows.

This year Strictly will welcome new dancers:

Artem Chigvintsev, a Latin champion who is a graduate of So You Think You Can Dance? in the US and has unique experience of very different dancing genres in addition to his ballroom champion-level skill.

Jared Murillo who, at 21, was a US open swing youth champion. Trained in America, Jared was a principal dancer in the movies High School Musical 1 & 2.

Robin Windsor has completed five world tours of the worldwide ballroom dancing phenomena Burn The Floor, in which he has starred and choreographed routines.

The new professional group will comprise Strictly regulars and some new professional faces. The group routines promise to deliver show-stopping dance spectacles.

BBC Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, Mark Linsey, says: “Strictly will be back this autumn with more world-class dancers and more spectacular dancing than ever before.

“I’m delighted to be welcoming three new fantastic dancers to Strictly and am really excited about the introduction of a professional dance group, giving us even more opportunities to feature different areas of expertise and more genres of dance than in any other series.”

The full lineup is detailed below:

Artem Chigvintsev (new dancer)
Jared Murillo (new dancer)
Robin Windsor (new dancer)
Anton du Beke
Brendan Cole
James Jordan
Vincent Simone

Ola Jordan
Flavia Cacace
Erin Boag
Kristina Rihanoff
Natalie Lowe
Aliona Vilani
Katya Virshilas

Positions in the professional dance group have been offered to:

Lilia Kopylova
Darren Bennett
Brian Fortuna
Ian Waite
Matthew Cutler

We are not 100% sure that the BBC has made the right decision here. It will be exciting to see a new format direction on the show but the fact that Matthew Cutler and Brian Fortuna won’t be partnering celebrity hopefuls is a little disappointing to say the least. What do you think of the changes? Leave your comments below.

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!