Strictly Come Dancing: Trent Whiddon, Iveta Lukosiute leave show

Published Thursday, Apr 23 2015, 12:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Strictly Come Dancing stars Trent Whiddon and Iveta Lukosiute will not return to the show this year.

BBC has confirmed Trent and Iveta are not among the 16 professional dancers who will once again guide celebrities on the ballroom floor this autumn.

In a statement the show's executive producer Louise Rainbow thanked both dancers for their contributions to the show. Last series, Trent danced with Pixie Lott, while Iveta was paired with Thom Evans.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014 celebrity and professional dancer pairings announced: Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute

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Iveta with Thom.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014 celebrity and professional dancer pairings announced: Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon

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Trent with Pixie.

Louise said: "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."

In her own statement, Iveta said she would miss the show but it was the right time to move on to other projects.

"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 added: "I was very happy to be part of last season and very thankful for the opportunity".

Instead, we will be welcoming three new faces to the show: male dancers Giovanni Pernice and Gleb Savchenko and female dancer Otlile Mabuse.

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