Strictly Come Dancing

September 3, 2013 by  

Strictly Come Dancing, Aliona Vilani is replacing Natalie Lowe on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing after the Australian dancer fractured her foot during training.

The Russian-Kazakhstani professional first took part in the show in series seven in 2009.

She won the BBC show in 2011 with Harry Judd and was runner-up with Matt Baker the year before.

There will be 15 couples in this year’s competition. Producers say this series has “the biggest line-up ever”.

Vilani, 29, joins Anya Garnis, Janette Manrara, Aljaz Skorjanec and Kevin Clifton among the show’s other professional dancers.

2nd pro rehearsal is done for today…new SCD studio is cool…bigger and better!

Aliona Vilani
The dancer said that rehearsals with Brendan Cole have been “going well”, and she is excited to see which of the celebrity line-up she gets paired with.

She tweeted: “2nd pro rehearsal is done for today…new SCD studio is cool…bigger and better!”

Meanwhile, Lowe thanked fans for wishing her a quick recovery.

“The love and support from all has been unbelievable!! So grateful to have such supportive family, friends and fans. Thank YOU all so much,” she tweeted.

Among the contestants are designer Julien Macdonald, Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden and model Abbey Clancy.

Radio host Vanessa Feltz and international rugby star Ben Cohen will also take to the dance floor in this year’s series.

Singer Sophie Ellis Bextor and actor Ashley Taylor Dawson, best known as Darren Osborne in Hollyoaks, are among the celebrity line-up as well.

News of the line-up comes as a Strictly Come Dancing live tour is confirmed for early next year.

Judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will all be part of the production, which is set to open at the Birmingham NIA on 17 January 2014.

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