Katya Virshilas axed from Strictly Come Dancing

Professional dancer Katya Virshilas has been sacked from 'Strictly Come Dancing' because producers want to bring in fresh talent

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Katya Virshilas

Katya Virshilas

Katya Virshilas has been axed from 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The professional dancer was sacked by new executive producers Glen Coomber and Andrea Hamilton because she doesn't have the same high profiles as some of the other dancers such as Kristina Rihanoff and Ola Jordan.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Glen and Andrea wanted to meet the dancers and hear why they wanted to do this year's show.

"They always knew they wanted to bring in fresh talent but it was about deciding who would have to make way and it was decided to give Katya the boot.

"She is not as high profile as some of the other female dancers although it was a close call and it was nothing personal against her.

"Producers are excited about the new dancer who they hope will shake up the show and keep the other professionals on their toes."

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We would like to thank Katya for her wonderful contribution to the show. She will very much remain part of the 'Strictly' family."

Surprisingly James Jordan has survived the axe despite a high-profile bust up with judge Craig Revel Horwood last year which saw him left off the tour.

The source added: "All the other dancers are back, including James, who many thought might be axed because of his row with Craig.

"But producers want as much drama as possible this year and bringing James back to face Craig could survive that."

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