She suffered a career-threatening injury just months ago but Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Ola Jordan has today been confirmed for the 2015 line-up.
The Strictly stalwart underwent major surgery at the end of last year for a ‘freak accident’ while training for Channel 4 show ‘The Jump’ – sparking fears she would never dance again.
But the SCD professional line-up has been revealed today and the blonde bombshell is firmly on the list.
Two other pro dancers, however, are bowing out of the action – with Trent, who danced with Pixie Lott last series – leaving the show after just one series.
Iveta, who partnered Thom Evans in 2014, is also hanging up her Strictly dance shoes.
Three new dancers join the fold. Russian-born Dancing With The Stars favourite Gleb Savchenko, 2012 Italian Champion Giovanni Pernice and eight-times South African Latin American Champion Otlile Mabuse.
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Lousie Rainbow, Executive Producer says: “We are thrilled with our pro-dancer line up this year. Not only are some of the viewers’ favourites returning, but we also have some exciting new dancers joining the Strictly family. I think it’s safe to say that this year’s Strictly will be as exciting and entertaining as always.”
On Iveta’s and Trent’s departures from the show she added: “Iveta Lukosiute has been with us for three series and we would like to thank her for her wonderful contribution to the show and wish her the very best for the future. And huge thanks also to Trent Whiddon who danced so beautifully with Pixie last year.”
Iveta says: “I really enjoyed my experience on Strictly Come Dancing! I loved everything about the show, dancers, judges, BBC, celebrities, fans… all of it was a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful show.
“I always tried to do my very best to show off my celebrity and add as much as I could to the show. This year I will focus more on my dance school in New York City since I was away so much, however, I will be more than happy to stay involved with the show in the future.”
Trent adds: “I was very happy to be part of last season and very thankful for the opportunity”.
The show returns to BBC One in the autumn when the celebrity line up will be revealed.