We can't wait for it's return!
Strictly Come Dancing’s famous glitter ball will be glistening once more for the 15th series of the hit ballroom show. Returning to our screens later this year, we already know that veteran judge Len Goodman has held up his scoreboard for the very last time.
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It’s been revealed that Strictly pro dancer Natalie Lowe has also hung up her dancing shoes after seven years on the programme.
The Aussie-born dancer revealed that while she was invited to strut her stuff for the upcoming series, she opted to decline.
She told Press Association:
“This was a very difficult decision for me not to accept the invitation to appear on this season of Strictly Come Dancing.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision.”
While Natalie never triumphed as a Strictly winner, she did finish in second place with actor Ricky in the 2009. She’s also shown off some impressive moves with partners including Ainsley Harriot, Greg Rutherford, Ricky Whittle and Scott Maslen.
Continuing to pay homage to the show that helped make her a star, Natalie added:
“I’ll be forever grateful for the amazing time, opportunities and memories that Strictly has created for me.
“My time on the programme has been everything that I dreamed it would be and more.”
She also took to Twitter to thank fans for their unending support in her shock decision.
We’ll miss you Natalie, but we know this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of your dancing talents.