Tonight, it was revealed that new mum Gemma Atkinson, 34, – who is in a relationship with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, 29, – will be back in her glitzy outfits for a return on the dance floor this Christmas. It is currently unknown which professional dancer she will be performing with and whether her boyfriend Gorka will also be taking part.
Addressing her return, she said: “I had the absolute best time on Strictly and it completely changed my life so I am absolutely overjoyed to be returning to the dancefloor this Christmas with a new challenge, and of course to be back with the gang!”
Gemma’s return to the dance floor comes after Gorka was told he didn’t have celebrity partner on the main show this year.
Since joining the show, the professional dancer has had a dance partner each year, most recently Katie Piper.
This year, Gorka was snubbed of a partner, while his fellow pros Neil Jones and Johannes Radebe were partnered with a celebrity for the first time on the main show.
Addressing the news on Instagram at the time, the professional dancer wrote: “For everybody that’s been asking, I can let you know that this series, I sadly won’t be partnered with a celebrity for the main series of Strictly.
“However, I will still be heavily involved in all of the group numbers and all things Strictly!
“I’m excited to see this year’s celebs and my fellow professionals dance for the Glitter Ball and I hope to be back fighting for it next year.”
He concluded: “As always, it’s gonna be a GREAT series.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs this Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One.
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