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Strictly bosses ‘have renewed the professionals’ contracts for another year’

Strictly Come Dancing bosses have reportedly renewed the annual contracts for the show’s professionals, ensuring they will have work on the next series.

According to reports on Saturday, those behind-the-scenes were so happy with how the dancers responded to the difficulties posed by the coronavirus crisis that they wanted to reward them.

Every dancer has been given contracts for another year, including Graziano Di Prima, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, and Neil Jones, who did not have celebrity partners during the 2020 series.

Keep dancing! Strictly bosses ‘have renewed the professionals’ contracts as a reward for their commitment amid COVID-19 crisis’, it was reported on Saturday (pictured 2020 winners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse)

Speaking to The Sun, a source claimed: ‘Bosses rewarded them for their commitment and hard work in ensuring the show was able to go ahead.

‘They are well aware that without the willingness of the pro dancers to put their lives on hold, Strictly would not have gone ahead.

‘So they have rewarded every one of the dancers with a contract each for the next series.’

New venture: It comes as Giovanni Pernice (pictured with Ranvir Singh) claimed on Tuesday that he'd 'love' to be in next same-sex couple, as he felt it would allow him to get 'very creative'

New venture: It comes as Giovanni Pernice (pictured with Ranvir Singh) claimed on Tuesday that he’d ‘love’ to be in next same-sex couple, as he felt it would allow him to get ‘very creative’

The source added that details were yet to be set in stone for the professionals, but would be ‘hammered out’ very shortly.

MailOnline has contacted Strictly Come Dancing representatives for comment. 

Meanwhile, Giovanni Pernice has detailed his interest in being part of the next series’ same-sex couple, as he claimed it would allow him to get ‘very creative’.

Reward: According to reports, show bosses wanted to show their gratitude to every dancer by giving them contracts for another year (pictured: the show's professionals in 2019)

Reward: According to reports, show bosses wanted to show their gratitude to every dancer by giving them contracts for another year (pictured: the show’s professionals in 2019)

Speaking to The Daily Star, the Italian dancer, 30, said: ‘I would love to be in a same-sex couple. As a professional dancer it would be very creative.

‘It would be something that would give me the chance to do something different to usual.

‘It would be a challenge. It would be very interesting to see what I can do with it.’

Katya Jones was part of the show’s first same-sex couple during the 2020 series, as she danced with boxer Nicola Adams until they had to withdraw after she contracted the coronavirus.

While speaking of his hopes for the next series, Giovanni (pictured with Ranvir) being in the next series' same-sex couple 'would be a challenge' but a 'very interesting' one

While speaking of his hopes for the next series, Giovanni (pictured with Ranvir) being in the next series’ same-sex couple ‘would be a challenge’ but a ‘very interesting’ one

Bill Bailey beat Maisie Smith, HRVY and Jamie Laing to the glitterball, with his professional partner Oti Mabuse, who made history after becoming the first pro to win the accolade twice in a row.

The victory turned Oti into Strictly’s first ever back-to-back champion after she first won the show in 2019 with Kelvin Fletcher. 

She praised her celebrity partner for being ‘a friend, father figure and brother,’ after they beat HRVY, Maisie and Jamie in the final. 

Oti fought back tears as she said: ‘I think you are amazing, remarkable Bill Bailey, you just put your heart into everything. 

Making history: Katya Jones was part of the show's first same-sex couple in the 2020 series, as she danced with Nicola Adams until they had to withdraw after she contracted the coronavirus

Making history: Katya Jones was part of the show’s first same-sex couple in the 2020 series, as she danced with Nicola Adams until they had to withdraw after she contracted the coronavirus

‘You’re in your world, but I love your world and I always want to be a part of you, thank you for being a friend, thank you for being a father figure and a brother and for this!’ as she gestured to the sparkling trophy.’

In the show Bill and Oti delivered a fierce Showdance complete with pyrotechnics, lifts, and plenty of drama, to Queen’s The Show Must Go On with even Craig gushing it ‘reeked of desperation and he loved it.’

The duo received their first ever 30 for the performance, and the first perfect score of the evening, with Bill fighting back tears as he vowed the dance was a symbol of the nation carrying on during such unprecedented times.

They also performed a energetic Quickstep to Talk To The Animals by Bobby Darin and their Couple’s Choice hip-hop routine to Rapper’s Delight by The Sugar Hill Gang. 

Winners! Bill won the show's coveted glitterball trophy with his professional partner Oti, who made history after becoming the first pro to win the accolade twice in a row

Winners! Bill won the show’s coveted glitterball trophy with his professional partner Oti, who made history after becoming the first pro to win the accolade twice in a row


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