Strictly Come Dancing professionals face the axe

Five 'Strictly Come Dancing' professionals could face the chop from the next series of the BBC One show in what is expected to be a "bloodbath" of its existing stars

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Ola Jordan

Ola Jordan

Five 'Strictly Come Dancing' professionals could face the chop from the next series of the BBC One show.

After programme boss Moira Ross quit to take charge of the channel's upcoming big-budget talent show 'The Voice', a new team of producers are expected to wield the axe in what could be a "bloodbath" of its existing stars.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The new producers will have new ideas and new faces they want to bring in. There have been changes to the professional dancers before and there will be again this year.

"It is looking like there will be a bloodbath with as many as four or five changes. It's important the show stays fresh. If you are a dancer and haven't had a call by the end of May you should start looking for other work."

Several of the established dancers associated with the show admitted they are "very nervous" about the potential changes.

James Jordan - who, alongside his wife Ola, was axed from the recent 'Strictly' tour - said: "If they want to change it, there is nothing we can do. We survived before 'Strictly' so we just have to keep our fingers crossed. We really want to stay on."

Kristina Rihanoff added: "It is the thing we want to do - but you do get nervous because it is a thing you love and you want to be there."

However, following the recent defection of 'Strictly' judge Alesha Dixon to rival ITV1 show 'Britain's Got Talent', James hopes "someone sexy" will be brought in to join "ugly" panellists Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

He joked: "Let's hope it's someone young and beautiful who comes in because if you've got those three ugly blokes on there it's not nice to look at. We need someone sexy."

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