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Strictly's Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington's romance to heat up

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 1/27/2022 Sarah Packer For Mailonline

Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington's budding romance is to continue on the road as the dance pros have signed up for the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour.

The 36-date show starts at the end of April, a matter of weeks after the conclusion of the Strictly Live tour where the pair have been getting close backstage following Nadiya's split from fiancé Matija Škarabot, which was exclusively revealed by MailOnline.

A source close to the Strictly stars told MailOnline they feel the pair's extended time together on the road, up and down the UK, will only bring them closer together and fuel more talk of a blossoming relationship.

'Chemistry': Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington's romance is to continue on the road as the pros have signed up for the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour © Provided by Daily Mail 'Chemistry': Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington's romance is to continue on the road as the pros have signed up for the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour

The insider said: 'It's no secret Nadiya and Kai are incredibly fond of each other.

'Their chemistry is obvious and they'll be looking forward to spending more time on the road together.

'It'll essentially be another month in each other's company, so it could either make or break them.'

Nadiya and Kai were spotted out together in Birmingham on Sunday during a break from rehearsals.

'It could make them': The 36-date show starts at the end of April, a matter of weeks after the conclusion of the Strictly Live tour where the pair have been getting close backstage  © Provided by Daily Mail 'It could make them': The 36-date show starts at the end of April, a matter of weeks after the conclusion of the Strictly Live tour where the pair have been getting close backstage 

They were snapped attempting to keep a low-profile and both wore face masks and baseball caps as they rode an escalator alongside fellow Strictly star Aljaž Škorjane.

They had also reportedly enjoyed dinner together in the city which hosted the first six dates of the Strictly tour, which has now moved to Leeds.

Nadiya, who was partnered with presenter Dan Walker, 44, on the most recent series of Strictly, ended her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, the father of her five-year-old daughter.


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A source told MailOnline that Nadiya realised her long-distance relationship with Matija, 33, wasn't working and, while they continue to co-parent their daughter, they are no longer a couple.

Disguise: The couple were snapped attempting to keep a low-profile and both wore face masks and baseball caps as they rode an escalator alongside fellow Strictly star Aljaž Škorjane (pictured in Birmingham on Sunday)

Disguise: The couple were snapped attempting to keep a low-profile and both wore face masks and baseball caps as they rode an escalator alongside fellow Strictly star Aljaž Škorjane (pictured in Birmingham on Sunday)
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An insider revealed: 'Nadiya and Matija haven't been together for some time now.

'Matija is dedicated to his footballing career in Slovenia and Nadiya is predominantly based in London.

'Performing on Strictly and the Strictly Live Tour takes up half her year, in the end the commitment to their jobs made it too difficult for the relationship to work.

'There's still a lot of love and respect between them and Mila is and always will be their priority.'

Keep dancing: Strictly professional Katya Jones has also signed up for the upcoming tour and will star alongside former husband Neil Jones  © Provided by Daily Mail Keep dancing: Strictly professional Katya Jones has also signed up for the upcoming tour and will star alongside former husband Neil Jones  Moving on: Neil split from Katya in 2019 following months of scrutiny after the professional dancer was pictured kissing her celebrity partner comedian Seann Walsh © Provided by Daily Mail Moving on: Neil split from Katya in 2019 following months of scrutiny after the professional dancer was pictured kissing her celebrity partner comedian Seann Walsh

The Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour, the BBC1 show's official production, was postponed last year due to Covid and is directed by the series Creative Director Jason Gilkison. 

Joining Nadiya and Kai on the tour include pro dancers Dianne Buswell, Graziano Di Prima, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones and Gorka Marquez.

The show opens on Thursday, April 28 at Salford's Lowry Theatre, culminating at Aberdeen's P&J Live on Monday, May 30.

Dream team: The Strictly pros, including Graziano Di Prima and Gorka Marquez, looked glamorous in sequin dresses and patterned shirts as they posed ahead of the new tour © Provided by Daily Mail Dream team: The Strictly pros, including Graziano Di Prima and Gorka Marquez, looked glamorous in sequin dresses and patterned shirts as they posed ahead of the new tour Read more
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