Strictly Come Dancing’s Nadiya Bychkova has finally broken her silence after being dropped by the show’s bosses for the 2023 series.
The Ukrainian bombshell dancer, who is currently dating fellow Strictly pro Kai Widdrington, was reported to be ‘seething’ after being told she wouldn’t have a celebrity partner on the 2023 series.
Other pros not being given a partner include Neil Jones – who is currently expecting a baby – and Amy Dowden, who is battling cancer.
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It was reported that BBC bosses wanted to give Luba Mushtuk a go in the limelight and chose to bench Nadiya, 34, for the current series after she withdrew from the Strictly Come Dancing live tour to embark on her own dance show tour with Kai.
Now that the BBC has launched the new series – and Nadiya didn’t get given a partner – the pro dancer has taken to Instagram to address her ‘disappointment’.
She said: “I’m sure you’ll understand that I’m disappointed not to be partnered with a celebrity on Strictly this series.
“It is an amazing show to be a part of and I’m still so excited for all the group numbers, performing with some of our music acts and much much more.
“I’m also looking forward to supporting my fellow pros and I want to wish all the couples the best of luck for the competition this year.”
Nadiya’s boyfriend and fellow pro Kai replied to say: “Always shining bright” while Gorka Marquez replied with a heart emoji.
Nadiya’s fans were outraged at the decision and let Nadiya know their feelings over the decision.
@martin.brailsford said: “A very calm and professional response. I won’t hold back. Absolutely ridiculous from the BBC and ruined my Strictly this year. Gutted. Fuming. What a dancer and personality! Taught me this year at Donahay’s. You shouldn’t wish your life away but roll on 2024!”
@beautyandlechic said: “Me and my 7-year-old are gutted too! We waited all night to see who you were partnered with Nadiya You’re our fave pro #bringbackNadiya”
@rainbows_unicorns)_magic said: “A very dignified comment from a beautiful lady. Huge mistake from the BBC. You dance with your heart and soul and are an exquisitely beautiful dancer. Such a shame but keep shining bright.”
Nadiya will be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, but only popping up in group dances and doesn’t have a partner for this year.
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