And Brendan? The New Zealand professional, who won the first series of the show with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, was axed from the 2018 line-up, after BBC bosses decided not to renew his contract.
“The powers that be will have a vision of the show and I’m not part of the vision – you’ve got to accept what decisions are made,” he previously told ITV host Lorraine. “I would have preferred to make the decision myself but maybe I’d never have made it”.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 in the autumn