NADIYA Bychkova is bringing the heat to Strictly Come Dancing this year as one of the new professional dancers.
Here’s the lowdown on the Ukranian native, who’s previously appeared in an international version of Strictly… and Playboy magazine.
Who is Nadiya Bychkova and what’s her dancing background?
Nadiya Bychkova is a 28-year-old dancer from Ukraine.
She is a two-time World Champion and European Champion in Ballroom and Latin ‘10’ Dance.
She is a multiple-time Slovenian Ballroom and Latin Champion and has taken part in the Bosnian version of Strictly.
She said: “I’m extremely happy to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family this year.
“One of my biggest dreams is to be part of this great show and I can’t wait to get started.”
When did Nadiya Bychkova model for Playboy magazine?
Aside from being an accomplished dancer, the Ukrainian has also done some professional modelling.
Nadiya starred on the front cover of Slovenia’s Playboy magazine in April 2015.
She previously featured on the cover of FHM, in the same country, back in March 2012.
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Who are the other professional dancers?
They will part of the team which sees returning dancers:
- Karen Clifton
- Katya Jones
- Oti Mabuse
- Janette Manrara
- Chloe Hewitt
- Kevin Clifton
- Anton Du Beke
- Brendan Cole
- Neil Jones
- Pasha Kovalev
- Gorka Marquez
- AJ Pritchard
- Aljaz Skorjanec
When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?
Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.
Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.
There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.
This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.