Amy Dowden shares heartwarming message as Strictly return confirmed
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Amy Dowden shares heartwarming message as Strictly return confirmed

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June 11, 2024, 07:17

Amy Downen

Strictly Come Dancing has announced the presenters, judges and professional dancers for its 20th anniversary series, and the hit series has confirmed the return of Amy Dowden.

The Welsh dancer was forced to miss last year’s series after being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in May 2023. She had what she hoped would be her final chemotherapy treatment in November, and she then made a brief appearance in the final.

Now she’s back as a professional regular for the upcoming series and took to Instagram to celebrate his return.

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The dancing star wrote: “I’m so happy and grateful to be back on @bbcstrictly 💖🎀🙏 MY HEART IS SO HAPPY.”

She continued: The best team on and off the dance floor. I can’t wait to come back and do what I love most in the world: dancing! Feel blessed and more excited than EVER. Bring it on! Thank you @bbcstrictly for your support always 🙏💖🙏🪩💃🏼🕺. Eeeeeekkk #amysback #strictlycomedancing #letsdothis #excited #cantwait #myheartissohappy”

Friends and fans were quick to congratulate Amy, with former contestant Stacey Dooley commenting: “SHE’S BACK!”

Fellow pro Vito Coppola wrote: “Beautiful Amy, we are so happy to see you again. We missed you,” and Dianne Buswell added, “❤️ I’m so happy you wore your belonging ❤️”

Be ready because I’m going to lift you high 😝🙌 We love you and I’m sure I can speak for all of us when I say it wasn’t the same without you. Let’s go and start dancing 😎🎉”

Giovanna Fletcher commented: “Whooooooooooooo!!!!!! So happy to have you back on the dance floor! Xxxxxx”

Amy will be joined on the dance floor by Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington, Nancy Xu, Carlos . Gu, Lauren Oakley, Michelle Tsiakkas and Vito Coppola.

The announcement appears to confirm that Giovanni Pernice – who was would have resigned after facing scrutiny for his apparently harsh behavior during practice, he will not return to the stage this year.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to host the show when it returns in the autumn, while Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel-Horwood and Anton Du Beke will judge the dances.

Keep dancing!

Strictly Come Dancing is broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.