Strictly Come Dancing pro dancers who quit and why: Aljaz Skorjanec, Oti Mabuse and more

4/1/2022 7:52:00 AM

Strictly Come Dancing pro dancers who quit and why: Aljaz Skorjanec, Oti Mabuse and more

Strictly Come Dancing, Aljaz Skorjanec

Strictly Come Dancing pro dancers who quit and why: Aljaz Skorjanec , Oti Mabuse and more

Following the news of Aljaz Skorjanec quitting Strictly Come Dancing – take a look back at the other professional dancers who have walked away from the show and why…

Strictlyin 2006 and was partnered with DJ Spoony. Ola competed on the show for a number of years and was even crowned champion in 2009 alongside broadcaster Chris Hollins. The dancer then decided to leave the show in 2015 following series 13 in which she was paired with Iwan Thomas. 

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joined Strictly in 2006 and was partnered with DJ Spoony.Ayling-Ellis, 27, was the first deaf contestant on the show and, during couple’s choice week, the pair performed a routine in which they paused the music and danced in silence as a tribute to the deaf community.STRICTLY Come Dancing's full line-up of pro dancers was revealed today.Katya Jones has dismissed the claims that there’s tension between her and her fellow Strictly Come Dancing dancers.

Ola competed on the show for a number of years and was even crowned champion in 2009 alongside broadcaster Chris Hollins. The dancer then decided to leave the show in 2015 following series 13 in which she was paired with Iwan Thomas. His previous celebrity partners have included Georgia May Foote, Michelle Visage and Debbie McGee.  MORE:  James and Ola Jordan treat toddler Ella to holiday after health battle – exclusive video Soon after, Ola spoke about whether she would return, explaining: "I did ten years and it was full-on. It's six months out of your life to do Strictly without any weekends or days off. However, last year he swapped the dancefloor for the judging panel as he took over from Bruno Tonioli. Being involved with the show was amazing but sometimes you need to know when to hang up your dance shoes. “But we’ve been seeing reports in the news about rifts in the camp over the Ukrainian crisis.

I'm too old now. Professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec has quit Strictly Come Dancing after nine years / BBC Mabuse, 31, announced in February that she was quitting, while Skorjanec, 32, revealed he was leaving via Instagram on March 28." Photo: © Getty Images /27 James Jordan  Ola's husband and fellow professional dancer James Jordan joined the same year as his wife, but left a couple of years before her. James, who made it to the final in 2012 alongside Denise van Outen, left the competition in 2013. Skorjanec won with model and TV star Abbey Clancy in 2013. At the time, the BBC said they had offered the dancer a "reduced role" but that James had declined their offer. Since then, he's gone on to do other shows including Dancing on Ice, which saw him crowned champion in 2019. Other returning professionals include Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk and Nancy Xu. She added: “We’ve been in regular touch with Nikita [Kuzmin], who’s been very proactive about sharing ways of how to help Ukrainian people.

  Photo: © Getty Images /27 Kristina Rihanoff  In 2008, Kristina Rihanoff joined Strictly and was partnered with former political journalist John Sergeant. However, her first season wasn't exactly a success as John decided to famous withdraw because he believed may have controversially "won it". “The world-class skill and extraordinary care they bring to everything they do, from working with their celebrity partners to choreographing and performing remarkable and unforgettable routines, never ceases to amaze us.  Kristina then left the show in 2016 and told HELLO!: "It's a bittersweet situation. I was on Strictly for eight years, and I always love the dancing side of it.” Additional dancers will be announced in due course. But I feel relieved because I wasn't happy towards the end. “A remarkable 20th Season of @bbcstrictly , which I am so happy to be part of will be entertaining and uplifting you yet again throughout this year.

I'm also sad because I'm going to miss everyone." Photo: © Getty Images .