Karen Hauer speaks out as she becomes longest-running female pro in Strictly

Strictly: Karen announces she’s returning for tenth series

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Karen Hauer took to social media today with some exciting news for Strictly Come Dancing fans. The 38-year-old dancer has been named as one of the professionals in the 2021 line-up.

Karen will be back for her 10th series when the BBC show returns to screens in the Autumn.

The announcement makes her the longest-serving female professional dancer in the series.

Of course, Strictly legend Anton Du Beke holds the overall title, having been a part of the cast since the very first series back in 2004.

Karen took to social media this morning to share her delight at the news.

“I am absolutely bursting with pride and happiness that I can now announce I am confirmed for my TENTH series of @bbcstrictly,” she wrote on Instagram today.

“I don’t talk too much on here like this but I’m beyond overwhelmed to say that I’m now officially the longest running female pro on the best show on the planet.”

“I have adored every celebrity partner I’ve worked with.

“We’ve laughed, we’ve worked our butts off, we’ve danced for the nation and we’ve had fun every step of the way,” she added in view of her 270,000 followers.

“Thank you to every single Strictly Come Dancing supporter for the love you pour into this show year on year.

“We do this for you. #bbcstrictly #strictly #strictlycomedancing,” she signed off.

Over the years Karen has enjoyed partnerships with a host of famous faces including Jeremy Vine, Mark Wright and Chris Ramsey.

Last year, she made it all the way to the final with Jamie Laing.

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The former World Mambo Champion joined the cast of Strictly in 2012, after a stint on the American edition of the show.

Her first partner was Westlife star Nicky Byrne.

The professional dancer has also been partnered with Hairy Biker Dave Myers, singer Will Young, actor Charles Venn and TV chef Simon Rimmer.

Many took to the comments section of her post to share their congratulations including her former partner Dave.

“Proud to be on your list! You are a very special lady D,” he wrote alongside her post, which included a video capturing her time on the programme.

“You 100 per cent deserve it goose – you rockstar,” added her most recent co-star Jamie.

“Here we go,” wrote fellow pro Johannes Radebe, who will also be returning.

They both join: Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones and Oti Mabuse.

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