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Strictly's Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova look smitten as they join dancers at rehearsals


Strictly lovebirds Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova looked as smitten as ever as they arrived at rehearsals with their professional co-stars on Tuesday.

The couple, who have been dating since January, looked stylish as they chatted to each other while arriving at group rehearsals for the upcoming series of Strictly.

This week, the 19 professional dancers returned to the studios for group rehearsals, which will run throughout the summer, ahead of the 2022 instalment of the show.

Style: Arriving at the studios for the second day of rehearsals, Kai, 26, kept it casual in black trousers and a dark graphic T-shirt, which he wore underneath a cream jacket

Stylish: Kai was seen avidly chatting with his girlfriend Nadiya, who looked effortlessly chic in black shorts and a white T-shirt with a face across it

Chic: Strictly lovebirds Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova looked as smitten as ever as they arrived at rehearsals with their professional co-stars on Tuesday

Couple: The couple, who have been dating since January, looked stylish as they chatted to each other while arriving at group rehearsals for the upcoming series of Strictly

Couple: The couple, who have been dating since January, looked stylish as they chatted to each other while arriving at group rehearsals for the upcoming series of Strictly

Arriving at the studios for the second day of rehearsals, Nadiya looked effortlessly chic in black shorts and a white T-shirt with a face across it.

The Ukrainian-Slovenian ballroom dancer, 32, styled her outfit with a grey blazer and kept comfortable in a pair of grey trainers.

She slung a grey handbag across one arm and shielded her eyes from the sunshine with a pair of oversized black sunglasses.

Nadiya styled her golden tresses loosely in a straight fashion and clutched a cup of coffee in one hand as she chatted to her beau.

Outing: Dancer and choreographer Kai kept comfortable in a pair of black trainers and kept his essentials in a black backpack, while he also held a Tom Ford shopping bag

Outing: Dancer and choreographer Kai kept comfortable in a pair of black trainers and kept his essentials in a black backpack, while he also held a Tom Ford shopping bag

Looking good: Ukrainian-Slovenian ballroom dancer Nadiya, 32, styled her outfit with a grey blazer and kept comfortable in a pair of grey trainers

Looking good: Ukrainian-Slovenian ballroom dancer Nadiya, 32, styled her outfit with a grey blazer and kept comfortable in a pair of grey trainers

Kai, 26, kept it casual in black trousers and a dark graphic T-shirt, which he wore underneath a cream jacket.

The dancer and choreographer kept comfortable in a pair of black trainers and kept his essentials in a black backpack, while he also held a Tom Ford shopping bag.

He appeared to be in jovial spirits as he flashed a huge smile and styled his brunette locks in a slicked-back style.

The couple were joined by their fellow Strictly professionals and newcomers to the BBC series as they arrived for rehearsals.

Jovial: Amy Dowden - who tied the knot with her fiancé Ben Jones this month - cut a casual figure as she sported a light blue long-sleeved midi dress along with a pair of gold sandals

Stunner: The professional dancer, 31, let her blonde locks fall loose down her shoulders and completed her look with a light pallet of make-up

Jovial: Amy Dowden – who tied the knot with her fiancé Ben Jones this month – cut a casual figure as she sported a light blue long-sleeved midi dress along with a pair of gold sandals

Friends: She stepped out with her pal Cameron Lombard (centre), who opted for a laidback look as he wore a navy jumper with a pair of black trousers

Friends: She stepped out with her pal Cameron Lombard (centre), who opted for a laidback look as he wore a navy jumper with a pair of black trousers

Just married: Amy gave a flash of her glitzy wedding ring and appeared in jovial spirits as she grinned at the studios

Just married: Amy gave a flash of her glitzy wedding ring and appeared in jovial spirits as she grinned at the studios 

Amy Dowden – who tied the knot with her fiancé Ben Jones this month – cut a casual figure as she sported a light blue long-sleeved midi dress along with a pair of gold sandals.

The professional dancer, 31, let her blonde locks fall loose down her shoulders and completed her look with a light pallet of make-up.

She stepped out with her pal Cameron Lombard, who opted for a laidback look as he wore a navy jumper with a pair of black trousers. 

Cameron is a recent addition to the Strictly cast, joining the show during last year’s series while Amy has been a part of the programme since 2017.

Fashionista: Elsewhere, Dianne Buswell cut an elegant figure in a dusty pink satin maxi skirt and a white T-shirt as she arrived at the studios

Fashionista: Elsewhere, Dianne Buswell cut an elegant figure in a dusty pink satin maxi skirt and a white T-shirt as she arrived at the studios

Arrival: The Australian dancer, 33, paired her ensemble with brown sandals and kept her essentials in a black handbag and a larger shoulder bag

Recognisable: She showed off her signature rouge tresses, which she wore in a straight fashion, and showed off her natural good looks

Arrival: The Australian dancer, 33, paired her ensemble with brown sandals and kept her essentials in a black handbag and a larger shoulder bag

Elsewhere, Dianne Buswell cut an elegant figure in a dusty pink satin maxi skirt and a white T-shirt as she arrived at the studios.

The Australian dancer, 33, paired her ensemble with brown sandals and kept her essentials in a black handbag and a larger shoulder bag.

She showed off her signature rouge tresses, which she wore in a straight fashion, and showed off her natural good looks.

Dianne clutched a water bottle in one arm and accessorised with a gold pendant necklace and an array of rings. 

Good look: Luba Mushtuk looked edgy in black leggings and a sheer top, which she wore underneath a black leather jacket

Good look: Luba Mushtuk looked edgy in black leggings and a sheer top, which she wore underneath a black leather jacket

Luba Mushtuk looked edgy in black leggings and a sheer top, which she wore underneath a black leather jacket.

The Russian dancer, 32, completed her stylish ensemble with a pair of black trainers and slung a beige handbag over one arm.

She styled her golden tresses loosely in a straight fashion and accentuated her striking features with a light dusting of make-up.

Luba accessorised her outfit with a pair of silver hoop earrings and clutched her phone in one hand.   

They're back: Giovanni Pernice also kept it casual in Dolce and Gabbana jogging bottoms and a white T-shirt

Rehearsing: He was joined by his fellow pro Johannes Radebe, who showed off his style in blue jeans and a mint green T-shirt

They’re back: Giovanni Pernice also kept it casual in Dolce and Gabbana jogging bottoms and a white T-shirt as he arrived at the second day of rehearsals with Johannes Radebe

Greeting: The Italian dancer, 28, looked ready to rehearse in a pair of green trainers and kept his essentials in a black backpack as he kissed his fellow pro Lauren Oakley

Greeting: The Italian dancer, 28, looked ready to rehearse in a pair of green trainers and kept his essentials in a black backpack as he kissed his fellow pro Lauren Oakley

All smiles: Elsewhere, Graziano Di Prima kept it casual in black trousers and a dark T-shirt as he posed for photographs outside the studios

Good form: He shielded his eyes in a pair of round sunglasses and styled his signature curls in a loose fashion, while he gave the camera a peace sign

All smiles: Elsewhere, Graziano Di Prima kept it casual in black trousers and a dark T-shirt as he posed for photographs outside the studios

Giovanni Pernice also kept it casual in Dolce and Gabbana jogging bottoms and a white T-shirt for the second day of rehearsals.

The 31-year-old gave a thumbs-up as he left the studios, while he shaded his face with a black baseball cap.

He was joined by his fellow pro Johannes Radebe, who showed off his style in blue jeans and a mint green T-shirt.

The South African dancer, 35, also sported a black bucket hat and slung various bags over his arms as he prepared for rehearsals.

Pals: The Italian dancer, 28, looked ready to rehearse in a pair of green trainers and kept his essentials in a black backpack

Back: They returned for the second day of group rehearsals

Pals: The Italian dancer, 28, looked ready to rehearse in a pair of green trainers and kept his essentials in a black backpack

Newcomers: Lauren wore her pixie cut in a tousled style and accessorised her laidback ensemble with silver hoop earrings as she walked with Michelle

Newcomers: Lauren wore her pixie cut in a tousled style and accessorised her laidback ensemble with silver hoop earrings as she walked with Michelle 

Stylish: Newbie Lauren, who has joined the cast this year, showed off her sensational sense of style in flared black trousers and a blue crop-top

Sporty: She was seen chatting to her fellow newcomer Michelle Tsiakkas, who cut a laidback figure in black jogging bottoms, an Adidas hoodie and pink trainers

Stylish: Newbie Lauren, who has joined the cast this year, showed off her sensational sense of style in flared black trousers and a blue crop-top as she stepped out with Michelle Tsiakkas

Elsewhere, Graziano Di Prima kept it casual in black trousers and a dark T-shirt as he posed for photographs outside the studios.

The Italian dancer, 28, looked ready to rehearse in a pair of green trainers and kept his essentials in a black backpack.

He shielded his eyes in a pair of round sunglasses and styled his signature curls in a loose fashion, while he gave the camera a peace sign.

Graziano was seen greeting his fellow professional Lauren Oakley with a kiss on the cheek as they arrived at the studios.

Newbie Lauren, who has joined the cast this year, showed off her sensational sense of style in flared black trousers and a blue crop-top.

Exciting: She styled her ensemble with a black jacket and slip-on sandals as she arrived for the first week of Strictly rehearsals

Exciting: She styled her ensemble with a black jacket and slip-on sandals as she arrived for the first week of Strictly rehearsals

Style icon: Meanwhile, Nancy Xu looked effortlessly chic in wide-leg blue jeans and a grey knitted cardigan, which she paired with a jumper

Style icon: Meanwhile, Nancy Xu looked effortlessly chic in wide-leg blue jeans and a grey knitted cardigan, which she paired with a jumper

She styled her ensemble with a black jacket and slip-on sandals as she arrived for the first week of Strictly rehearsals.

Lauren wore her pixie cut in a tousled style and accessorised her laidback ensemble with silver hoop earrings.

She was seen chatting to her fellow newcomer Michelle Tsiakkas, who cut a laidback figure in black jogging bottoms, an Adidas hoodie and pink trainers. 

Another newbie Carlos Gu was also seen arriving at the studios for the second day of Strictly rehearsals.

Meanwhile, Nancy Xu looked effortlessly chic in wide-leg blue jeans and a grey knitted cardigan, which she paired with a jumper.

Grinning: Gorka Márquez appeared in jovial spirits as he gave a thumbs up outside the studios, while he wore a beige T-shirt, black shorts and white trainers

Grinning: Gorka Márquez appeared in jovial spirits as he gave a thumbs up outside the studios, while he wore a beige T-shirt, black shorts and white trainers

Casual: And Neil Jones put on a vibrant display as he stepped out in cream jogging bottoms and a Rolling Stones black jumper

Laidback: The 40-year-old added a pop of colour to his look with orange Nike high-top trainers as he chatted on the phone

Casual: And Neil Jones put on a vibrant display as he stepped out in cream jogging bottoms and a Rolling Stones black jumper

The 30-year-old kept comfortable in a pair of silver slip-on shoes and shielded her eyes with a pair of oversized beige sunglasses. 

And Gorka Márquez appeared in jovial spirits as he gave a thumbs up outside the studios, while he wore a beige T-shirt, black shorts and white trainers.

And Neil Jones put on a vibrant display as he stepped out in cream jogging bottoms and a Rolling Stones black jumper.

The 40-year-old added a pop of colour to his look with orange Nike high-top trainers as he chatted on the phone.

He slung a black backpack over his shoulders and sported a well-groomed rouge beard and a buzz-cut. 

Chic: Also seen at the second day of rehearsals was Nikita Kuzmin, who cut a stylish figure in beige trousers and a brown hoodie, which he paired with sand boots

New venture: Another newbie Carlos Gu was also seen arriving at the studios for the second day of Strictly rehearsals

Co-stars: Also seen at the second day of rehearsals were Nikita Kuzmin and newcomer Carlos Gu

Also seen at the second day of rehearsals were Nikita Kuzmin, who cut a stylish figure in beige trousers and a brown hoodie, and Katya Jones.

It comes as AJ Pritchard has warned Strictly pros that the new arrivals could be a threat.

Four new professional dancers have joined the line-up, which means that 20 in total are ready to bring their skills to the BBC show’s dancefloor later this year.

And the former Strictly star, 27, revealed he knows two of the new dancers and spoke on how ‘competitive’ they are.

AJ, who left in 2020, told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I know Lauren and Carlos – because he was taught by one of my teachers, so it’s exciting.

Busy: This week, the 19 professional dancers returned to the studios for group rehearsals

Gym gear: Katya Jones cut a sporty figure in grey leggings and a hoodie, while she carried a book in one hand

Busy: This week, the 19 professional dancers returned to the studios for group rehearsals, which will run throughout the summer, ahead of the 2022 instalment of the show

Warning: It comes after AJ Pritchard has warned Strictly Come Dancing professionals that the new arrivals could be a threat

Warning: It comes after AJ Pritchard has warned Strictly Come Dancing professionals that the new arrivals could be a threat

‘I used to compete against Lauren. I think a fresh buzz could be interesting. I think everybody who does dancing is competitive. It will be interesting who gets partnered and who doesn’t. That’s the waiting game.’

The four new world class dancers completing this year’s professional troupe are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.

They join the professional dancers already revealed for the upcoming series: Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.

Show favourites Alijaz Skorjanec and Oti Mabuse both quit Strictly Come Dancing earlier this year.

Not every pro dancer will be paired with a celebrity with four traditionally performing only in the pro routines.

New faces: The four new world class dancers completing this year's professional troupe are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas

New faces: The four new world class dancers completing this year’s professional troupe are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas

Vito Coppola said of his new role: ‘I am really excited to become part of this family. I cannot wait to start this new adventure and to challenge myself. Strictly sto arrivando! (or: Strictly I am coming!)’

Carlos Gu added: ‘I’m thrilled to join Strictly and very excited to get started. It’s a new chapter of my life and a new challenge as well. I’m absolutely ready to take on this journey and to shine.’

Former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley gushed: ‘I’ve grown up watching Strictly, always hoping that one day I could be part of the best show on television, doing what I love the most.’

‘Now that it’s happening, it doesn’t quite seem real. I can’t wait to start this new sequined adventure and join this incredible family.’

Saying goodbye: Aljaž Skorjanec announced earlier this year that he has quit Strictly Come Dancing following nine years on the show as a professional dancer

Saying goodbye: Aljaž Skorjanec announced earlier this year that he has quit Strictly Come Dancing following nine years on the show as a professional dancer

Latin champ Michelle Tsiakkas said: ‘Being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been my dream ever since I was a little girl.’

‘I cannot believe my dream has come true! I’m so grateful to be joining this incredible family and I can’t wait to step on that magical dance floor and give it my all!’

The upcoming series will be the first in three years to be broadcast without Covid measures, which forced bosses to introduce restrictions including ‘bubbles’ for training and limited audience numbers.

The celebrity competitors won’t be confirmed until later in the year with the latest rumours including Channel 4 presenter Steph McGovern, Coronation Street star Kym Marsh and former footballerv Tony ‘Donkey’ Adams.

Out! Double champion Oti Mabuse has also quit to pursue new TV opportunities (Pictured in 2020 with Bill Bailey as they won series 18)

Out! Double champion Oti Mabuse has also quit to pursue new TV opportunities (Pictured in 2020 with Bill Bailey as they won series 18)

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