One of the new professionals who joined Strictly come to the dance perhaps the curse of the show should be feared since he used to date one of his dance partners.

Vito Coppola was introduced as one of four new dancers to join the BBC series later this year.

The 29-year-old singer won the Italian version of the show last year with pop star Orisa, 39, and the pair have since met, reports A mirror.

Newcomer: Strictly Come Dancing pro Vita Coppola may have to be wary of the show’s curse as he previously dated one of his dance partners

The pair have reportedly gone their separate ways, meaning Vito will be single again for the new series.

After their fling, Vito told the publication Mio that the couple “remained on good terms” and were “on friendly terms.”

The Strictly curse has become notorious over the years, with many celebrity contestants having romantic relationships with their dance partners.

Vito said of joining the show: “I’m so excited to be a part of this family. I can’t wait to start this new adventure and challenge myself. Strictly sto arrivando! (or: I’m definitely going!)’

In love: Vito won the Italian version of the show last year with pop star Orisa, 39, and the pair ended up dating (pictured together in 2021)

In love: Vito won the Italian version of the show last year with pop star Orisa, 39, and the pair ended up dating (pictured together in 2021)

The four new world-class dancers who complete this year’s professional troupe are European Cup winner Vito, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Great Britain Under-21 National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin Dance Champion Michelle Tiakas.

They join professional dancers already cast for the upcoming series: Diane Buswell, Nadzia Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jovita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.

Show favorites Aliaz Skaryanec and Oti Mabuse both quit Strictly Come Dancing earlier this year.

Not every professional dancer will be paired with a celebrity, four of whom traditionally perform only in professional programs.

In the past: After their affair, Vito told Mio that it was a couple

In the past: After their romance, Vito told Mio that the pair “remained on good terms” and had “friendly relations”.

Carlos Gu said of joining the show: “I’m really excited to be joining Strictly and really excited to get started. This is a new chapter in my life and also a new challenge. I am absolutely ready to go on this journey and shine.”

Former British national under-21 champion Lauren Oakley said: “I grew up watching Strictly, always hoping that one day I could be part of the best show on TV doing what I love most.”

“Now that it’s happening, it doesn’t quite seem real. I can’t wait to start this new glitter adventure and join this incredible family.”

Latin champion Michelle Tsiakkas said: “Being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been a dream of mine since I was a child.”

New faces: Strictly Come Dancing will have its biggest ever line-up of professional dancers when it returns for its 20th series this autumn with four new professionals joining the show

New faces: Strictly Come Dancing will have its biggest ever line-up of professional dancers when it returns for its 20th series this autumn with four new professionals joining the show

“I can’t believe my dream has come true! I’m so grateful to be joining this incredible family and I can’t wait to step on this magical dance floor and give it my all!”

The upcoming series will be the first in three years to be broadcast without the Covid measures which have forced bosses to introduce restrictions including training ‘bubbles’ and limited audiences.

The celebrity contestants will not be confirmed until later in the year with the latest rumors including Channel 4 presenter Steph McGovern, Coronation Street star Kim Marsh and former footballer Tony “Donkey” Adams.

Meanwhile, the show’s main judge is Shirley Ballas hinted that in a modern twist, the new series may feature the series’ first gender-fluid pairing.

Super fan: Former British Under-21 champion Lauren Oakley can't wait to get started after gushing: 'I grew up watching Strictly'

Super fan: Former British Under-21 champion Lauren Oakley can’t wait to get started after gushing: ‘I grew up watching Strictly’

Dream come true: Latin dance champion Michelle Tiakas said: 'Being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been a dream of mine since I was a child'

Dream come true: Latin dance champion Michelle Tiakas said: ‘Being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been a dream of mine since I was a child’

The 61-year-old explained that “anything is possible” and noted that the show’s executive producer, Sarah James, always “looks out of the box.”

Talking to A mirror At the TRIC Awards in London last week, the judge shared, “Anything is possible. [Executive producer] Sarah James always looks out of the box, and when it’s appropriate… I’m sure we’ll see a lot of things you don’t expect.’

If so, the move would follow last year’s same-sex finalists John Waite, 33, and dance partner Johannes Radebe, 35.

The popular duet in the series in 2020 was performed by the boxer couple Nicola Adams and Katy Jones.

Strictly Come Dancing returns for series 20 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer this autumn.

Pro: Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu added:

Pro: Chinese national champion Carlos Gu added: ‘I’m absolutely ready to go on this journey and shine’

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