Strictly professionals confirm relationship as 2022 lineup is announced at last

Strictly professionals' confirm relationship, after much speculation, and they're both hitting the dancefloor on Strictly 2022!

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Strictly professionals' relationships are what disco ball dreams are made of, as viewers watch their romantic dalliances build on stage. 

We've all heard of the Strictly curse, but what often goes under the radar is all the super cute matches that are made on the show. Already this year, fans have wondered if one Strictly couple is to marry, but in the meantime, there's a very cute new pairing to get excited about!

Professional dancers Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington were spotted holding hands recently, walking around Belfast airport. The Daily Mail (opens in new tab) reports that Both wearing sunglasses, they looked very 'loved up' as they strolled through the arrivals lounge, with onlookers saying they made no effort to hide their affection.


Despite this exciting news, some fans called Strictly curse when Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington, were rumored to be dating back in January 2022. This was early on in the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2022, and the pair were reportedly seen checking into a hotel together.

Nadiya was previously engaged to footballer Matija Škarabot, with whom she shares a daughter, but the couple ended their long-term relationship back in 2021. 

Kai, who was partnered with AJ Odudu during the latest Strictly series, also saw a long-term relationship dissolve back in 2021, when he and his girlfriend of five years Giulia Dotta parted ways.

It's not clear when these Strictly Come Dancing professionals became romantically connected, and neither has publicly confirmed they're together. What is clear, however, is that they'll continue to merge professional and personal life in the next season of the hit show.

Although it feels like Strictly 2021 wasn't very long ago, the professionals for Strictly 2022 have already been revealed, and Kai and Nadiya have made the lineup. So who else is joining them in the next series?

Strictly 2022 professional dancers 

  • Dianne Buswell
  • Nadiya Bychkova
  • Graziano Di Prima
  • Amy Dowden
  • Karen Hauer
  • Katya Jones
  • Neil Jones
  • Gorka Marquez
  • Luba Mushtuk
  • Giovanni Pernice
  • Johannes Radebe
  • Nancy Xu
  • Cameron Lombard
  • Nikita Kuzmin
  • Jowita Przystal 
  • Kai Widdrington

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