Strictly’s Nadiya Bychkova flaunts her VERY toned physique in a black bikini ahead of the new series

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Strictly’s Nadiya Bychkova sets pulses racing as she flaunts her VERY toned physique in a black bikini ahead of the new series

It is just over five weeks until Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens.

And professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova appears to be in excellent shape for the upcoming series.

The 31-year-old shared the sunny snap of her toned physique while posing in a black bikini on Instagram on Wednesday.

Wow! Nadiya Bychkova looked incredible as she flaunted her toned dancer physique in a sun-soaked snap shared to Instagram on Wednesday

Wow! Nadiya Bychkova looked incredible as she flaunted her toned dancer physique in a sun-soaked snap shared to Instagram on Wednesday

She wrote alongside it: ‘If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes.’ The picture was likely taken in the summer, as the mother-of-one and the other professionals are currently filming group routines at the Strictly studio in London.

At the end of August the professionals spent a fortnight in isolation at a hotel in Buckinghamshire rehearsing their dances due to coronavirus. They also had to practice remotely at home prior to moving into the hotel.

Miss Bychkova joined the BBC1 show in 2017 and has partnered EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, Blue singer Lee Ryan and former football goalkeeper David James.

Dancing star: Last year Nadiya was partnered with former football goalkeeper David James

Dancing star: Last year Nadiya was partnered with former football goalkeeper David James

Strictly, which usually runs from September, will begin a pared-down nine-week run in late October. 

Contestants include ex-boxer Nicola Adams – who will be part of the show’s first same-sex couple – former home secretary Jacqui Smith, EastEnders actress Maisie Smith and comedian Bill Bailey.

However this year fans won’t be treated to the glamour of the Blackpool special because of the coronavirus pandemic.   

A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline that the series will not ‘physically’ travel to the famous Tower Ballroom this November, but promised to celebrate the ‘iconic’ venue from their studio in Elstree, north London.

Sad news: Strictly Come Dancing have cancelled its annual Blackpool special due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Alex Scott and Neil Jones from 2019 pictured)

Sad news: Strictly Come Dancing have cancelled its annual Blackpool special due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Alex Scott and Neil Jones from 2019 pictured)

Strictly has introduced numerous measures and changes to ensure the safety of contestants and crew during the COVID-19 crisis, and has delayed its launch until late October.

In a statement the BBC spokesperson said; ‘Blackpool is a milestone moment in every series of Strictly that our audience, our celebs and professional dancers look forward to. 

‘Whilst we’ll be unable to physically go to Blackpool this series, we’ll still be celebrating this iconic venue and bringing it to life from our studio in Elstree.’

'We haven't even met out partners': GMB's Ranvir Singh shocked Susanna Reid on GMB on Wednesday when she revealed the Strictly contestants haven't begun training yet

‘We haven’t even met out partners’: GMB’s Ranvir Singh shocked Susanna Reid on GMB on Wednesday when she revealed the Strictly contestants haven’t begun training yet

Strictly usually travels to Blackpool for one weekend towards the middle of the series in November, with the remaining celebrity couples getting the chance to perform in the legendary Tower Ballroom. 

It was also recently revealed that the stars are yet to meet their dance partners or start training. 

Good Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh, 43, revealed the news on the programme on Wednesday, shocking Susanna Reid who appeared on the show in 2013.  

The show begins on October 24 with a one-off launch show on 12.  

She said: ‘It’s all happening a bit later. We can’t – we’ve not met our partner yet. I am eating fewer Pringles if that counts towards training, but that’s as far as it got.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020

CAROLINE QUENTIN

Age: 60

Profession: Actress, known for roles in Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek

Caroline says: ‘I hope my knees don’t let me down and I hope the foundation garments live up to expectations when I start leaping about!’

Fun fact: She met her now-husband, Sam Farmer in 1998 on the set of Men Behaving Badly when he was one of the studio runners.

MAX GEORGE 

 Age: 31

Profession: Singer – from former boy band The Wanted

Max says: ‘Nan – I’m doing Strictly this year!’ as he vowed to make his superfan grandmother proud

Fun Fact: Max’s fellow The Wanted bandmate Jay McGuiness was on Strictlby Come Dancing in 2015 – and won it!  

CLARA AMFO

 Age: 36

Profession: Radio 1 presenter

Clara says: ‘As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy’

Fun fact:  Clara has some experience of celeb gameshows, having taken part on Celebrity Masterchef in 2018

BILL BAILEY 

 Age: 55

Profession: Comedian and TV personality

Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’

Fun fact:  Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

 

 MAISIE SMITH 

 Age: 19

Profession: EastEnders actress

Maisie says: ‘Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter!’

Fun fact:  Maisie won the 2019 Children In Need special of Strictly with Kevin Clifton 

 

 HRVY

 

 Age: 21

Profession: YouTube star 

HRVY says: ‘Being on Strictly is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to be taking part this year.’

Fun fact:  HRVY follows in the footsteps of former internet star contestants Joe Sugg and Saffron Barker – the latter of whom is close friends with him 

 

JASON BELL

Age: 42

Profession: Retired American Football player – now a pundit

 Jason says: ‘I am thrilled. I’m a huge fan of the show, I’ve been watching it since I came to this country, so it’s time for me to do something cool to impress my daughter, now that she can watch me perform!’

Fun Fact: Jason is the father of Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle’s daughter. The couple were together for 11 years, only splitting recently in 2019

 RANVIR SINGH 

 Age: 43

Profession: ITV broadcaster, Political Editor for GMB

Ranvir says:  ‘It feels like I’m on a rollercoaster… Hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!’

Fun fact: Ranvir is the fourth GMB star to star following Susanna Reid, Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins.

 

NICOLA ADAMS  

 Age: 37

Profession: Double Olympic gold medallist boxer

Nicola says: ‘I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts’

Fun fact:  Nicola will form the show’s first ever same-sex pairing as she is parterned with a female professional. 

   

  JJ CHALMERS

Age: 55 Profession: Comedian and TV personality Clara says: 'I'm not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance' Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

 Age: 55 Profession: Comedian and TV personality Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’ Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

Age: 33

Profession: Ex Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist

JJ says: ‘Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure’

Fun fact:  JJ is close friends with Prince Harry after they worked together on the Invictus Games

 

 JAMIE LAING 

 Age: 31

Profession: Made In Chelsea star

Jamie says: ‘I’m over the moon I actually get to come back and dance again. It’s going to be unbelievably amazing!’

Fun fact:  Jamie was forced to pull out of the 2019 series of Strictly after a foot injury 

 

RT HON JACQUI  SMITH

 Age: 57

Profession: Politician

Jacqui says: ‘I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me…!’

Fun fact:  Fifty years ago, she received a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing 

 

  

 

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