Strictly Come Dancing stars Johannes Radebe and Annabel Croft have made a shock move that no viewer wanted.
Annabel is going to "split" from pro partner Johannes Radebe, with fans left gutted by the news. But thankfully it won't be the last time they will see their partnership as it is just the Strictly Live Tour in which they won't be dancing again together.
They will still perform together on Strictly for as long as they remain in the new series, including this Saturday's quarter final. News of Annabel's partner 'swap' was revealed this week as the line-up for the annual arena tour was completed on Tuesday.
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The tour line-up consists of Annabel, Bobby Brazier, Angela Scanlon and Krishnan Guru-Murthy joining already confirmed celebrities Angela Rippon, Layton Williams and bookies favourite to win the Glitterball trophy this year, Ellie Leach. But news that Johannes having no part in the Strictly 2024 tour, has upset Strictly fans who've already got tickets.
Former British tennis pro turned Wimbledon pundit Annabel will instead dance with Graziano Di Prima, who bowed out of the new series last month alongside ex Love Island star Zara McDermott. Annabel isn't the only Strictly star who will have change of partner for the tour, with Krishnan not dancing with his professional series partner Lauren Oakley and instead being paired with last year's champion pro, Jowita Przystal.
Despite fans' clear disappointment, Annabel shared how excited she is getting for the tour and the opportunity to dance with Graziano. She said of her new pairing: "I’m used to interviewing people in front of very large crowds, but to dance in arenas for many thousands of people is going to be something else.
"Dancing every week on the TV show has been such a joy, so I can't wait for the magic of the tour and to experience it with my new tour partner, Graziano." At the start of the 2023 BBC One series, Annabel wasn't anywhere near the top of the betting when it came to being winner of the Strictly leaderboard.
But tennis champ Annabel has defied the odds by making it into the top five. And many fans claim that she is what the BBC show is all about, giving that she was a total non-dancer when she signed up earlier this year.
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