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Strictly pros admit they dont get days off as they confirm backstage secrets

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing professionals have been spotted behind the scenes as rehearsals kick off for another year of the BBC show.

Nadiya Bychkova, Nikita Kuzmin, Nancy Xu and Gorka Marquez have been captured in new photographs which show them getting in the boogieing mood once more.

In the exclusive pictures obtained by OK! Magazine, the four pros are rocking out in a renovated warehouse featuring rustic wooden floorboards, huge windows and exposed ceiling framework.

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Giving a hint at what could be to come, Nancy was rocking a strapless blue dress complete with a huge frilled skirt and rainbow suede boots that stretched up to her mid-thigh.

The pink chunky heels didn’t stop her from striking a cheeky pose with one foot off the floor as she grinned for the camera with her brunette locks flowing in gentle waves down her back.

Nadiya, meanwhile, opted for a hot pink dress in a similar style, featuring a puffball skirt and strappy magenta heels to finish off her ensemble, with her cropped blonde hair framing her face.

Nikita could be seen in a pair of tight black jeans and a red silk shirt as he writhed, jazz-style, for the photoshoot, while Gorka went for a simple open brown shirt and beige slacks, matching his co-star with a pair of olive Converse shoes.

The quartet revealed a few backstage secrets about the upcoming series to OK! Magazine, with Gorka confessing that the professionals “don’t get a day off”.

He explained to the publication: “Sunday is our resting day but then we have to choreograph and plan next week’s numbers. I know that for the next five months I’ll never switch off, just when I sleep.”

The stars also explained that “50 pizzas” arrive for everyone each Saturday night after the live show, with Nadiya explaining: “Sometimes you get in the dance-off and your celebrity might not know, and they’ve just had a full pizza – then they have to do the jive.”

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Nikita splurged that he has a “ritual” consisting of nine jumps before performing every dance – and that if he skips it, he often finds himself in the dance-off.

Meanwhile, Nadiya explained that she video calls her daughter before the show so she can appreciate her outfit and make-up.

The dancers also revealed that former pro Oti Mabuse – who announced she had quit the show earlier this year – has been back to help choreograph routines.

To see all the exclusive pictures and watch video footage visit or pick up a copy of OK! magazine.


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