Who is Nadiya Bychkova? Strictly 2019 pro dancer and Playboy magazine cover star

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NADIYA Bychkova is back on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing for the 2019 series as one of the show’s professional dancers.

Here’s what we know about the Ukranian native, who previously appeared in an international version of Strictly… and Playboy magazine.

Nadiya Bychkova pictured with her Strictly 2019 partner David James
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Who is Nadiya Bychkova and what’s her dancing background?

Nadiya Bychkova is a 30-year-old dancer from Ukraine.

She is a two-time World Champion and European Champion in Ballroom and Latin ‘10’ Dance.

The dancer is a multiple-time Slovenian Ballroom and Latin Champion and has taken part in the Bosnian version of Strictly.

Nadiya Bychkova was partnered with EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami
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Nadiya Bychkova was partnered with EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami[/caption]

When did she join Strictly Come Dancing?

Nadia joined the Strictly family in 2017 and was partnered with EastEnders star Davood Ghadami.

She said: “I’m extremely happy to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family this year.

“One of my biggest dreams is to be part of this great show and I can’t wait to get started.”

She and Davood lasted until week 11 when they performed an Argentine Tango to Phantom Of The Opera.

Davood said: “I am actually quite proud of what we achieved, Nadiya and I.

“And I think maybe it’s the right time to go but it is that feeling of ‘oh we were so close to the end’.”

However, the following year, on October 7, 2018, she and partner Lee Ryan were bottom of the judges’ leaderboard and were voted off the show.

Ukrainian dancer Nadiya Bychkova competed in Strictly Come Dancing 2017
Ukrainian dancer Nadiya Bychkova competed in Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Who is Nadiya Bychkova’s Strictly Come Dancing partner?

As David James stands at 6ft 4in it came as no surprise he had been partnered with Nadiya Bychkova, who is 5ft 8in.

Surely, the professional dancer will be looking to improve on her performance last year, as she placed 14th with Lee Ryan last year.

The pair are probably the tallest couple to hit the dancefloor.

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When did Nadiya Bychkova model for Playboy magazine?

Aside from being an accomplished dancer, the Ukrainian has also done some professional modelling.

Nadiya starred on the front cover of Slovenia’s Playboy magazine in April 2015.

She previously featured on the cover of FHM, in the same country, back in March 2012.

What is Nadiya Bychkova’s relationship history?

The Ukrainian dancer has been quiet about her private life, but it was revealed by Claudia Winkleman that she had got engaged during her time on the show.

It’s believed that she’s engaged to Slovenian footballer, Matija Skarabot, who she has a one-year-old daughter with.

Nadiya posted a photo to Instagram of their young family together with the words: “Family is all that matters #oneyearold”.

Nadiya is seen leaving the Strictly wrap party with Brendan
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Nadiya is seen leaving the Strictly wrap party with Brendan[/caption]

Who is Nadiya Bychkova close to from the Strictly cast?

Nadiya was pictured hanging out with fellow Strictly dancer Brendan Cole at the show’s wrap party in December.

The married show veteran, 42, and the ex-topless model, 29, held hands and cuddled in front of revellers.

An onlooker said: “Brendan couldn’t keep his hands off Nadiya.

“One minute he’d be holding her waist as she sat on his lap and the next they’d be up at the bar holding hands. There’s obvious chemistry between them.”

His spokesman said: “Brendan Cole wishes to make it absolutely clear that he and Nadiya Bychkova are Strictly just friends.

The pair were seen holding hands at the event
The pair were seen holding hands at the event

“Brendan is totally in love with his wife Zoe. Further Nadiya’s fiancé Matija was also at the series wrap party where the published pics were taken and everyone was simply having fun.”

Nadiya was then paired with singer Lee Ryan in 2018 as The Sun exclusively revealed they had threatened to become the first couple of the series to be affected by the infamous curse after they were spotted holding hands.

On October 5, Lee addressed growing speculation over his relationship with his Strictly dance partner by saying he was only caught holding Nadiya’s hand to save her from being hit by a bus.


What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on?

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 17th series on BBC One on September 7, 2019.
However, the show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.

Strictly continues on BBC One on 7pm and you can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.



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