Who is Nadiya Bychkova? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 professional dancer and model who once appeared in Playboy

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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.

 Ukrainian dancer Nadiya Bychkova is the latest addition to the Strictly line-up

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Ukrainian dancer Nadiya Bychkova is the latest addition to the Strictly line-up

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.

Who are the other professional dancers?

Nadiya is joined by fellow newcomers Dianne Buswell, 28, from Australia and Amy Dowden, 26, from Wales.

The trio replace a number of departing professionals including Joanne Clifton who quit the popular show after winning the last series with Ore Oduba.

They will part of the team which sees returning dancers:

 Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton won Strictly Come Dancing last year

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Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton won Strictly Come Dancing last year

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.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova, although we have to wait until launch night to see who is paired with who.

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