Radio host and TV presenter Nikita Kanda is getting ready to bust a move on the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 dance floor, dressed head to toe in sparkles and glittery attire.


She is part of a dazzling celebrity line-up, featuring the likes of EastEnders' Bobby Brazier, TV icon Les Dennis and documentary maker Zara McDermott.

But who is the presenter, and what has she said about joining Strictly Come Dancing? Read on to find out.

Who is Nikita Kanda?

Nikita Kanda for Strictly Come Dancing 2023 wearing a white top, looking into camera
Nikita Kanda for Strictly Come Dancing 2023. BBC

Age: 28

Job: Radio host and TV presenter

Instagram: @nikitakanda

Twitter: @nikitakanda

Strictly partner: Gorka Marquez

A radio host and TV presenter, Nikita Kanda is perhaps best known for being the current host of the BBC Asian Network’s Breakfast show, and she previously presented the Saturday afternoon show.

The 28-year-old has interviewed a huge range of famous faces, including Killing Eve actress Sandra Oh, Bridgerton star Charithra Chandran and Marvel actress Awkwafina.

Kanda has also fronted regular reports on BBC One's The One Show on a range of topics, and was recently nominated for Presenter of the Year at the Asian Media Awards.

Nikita Kanda's Strictly journey so far


Week One: Waltz (3+5+5+5) = 18

What has Nikita Kanda said about joining Strictly 2023?

Nikita Kanda and Gorka Marquez on Strictly Come Dancing 2023.
Nikita Kanda and Gorka Marquez on Strictly Come Dancing 2023. BBC/Guy Levy

In a statement, Kanda expressed her excitement at taking part in the show.

"I can't believe I'm going to be on Strictly," she said. "This is a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself. I don't think it will properly sink in until I step onto the dance floor.

"I can't wait to get glammed up and get out there. Throw the glitter on me!"

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2023 air?

Strictly Come Dancing 2023 airs every Saturday evening, with the results show airing the following evening. You'll be able to watch your fave celebs strut their stuff by tuning in to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Strictly Come Dancing goes live on Saturday 23rd September on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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