Neil Jones was given a celebrity partner for the first time last year as he took to the floor with Alex Scott. However, it’s been reported his role has been reduced to background dancer again on Strictly Come Dancing. Meanwhile, his ex Katya Jones is rumoured to be the professional who will be partnered with Nicola Adams in the show’s first single-sex coupling.
After joining the show in 2016, Neil remained a background dancer year-after-year until 2019.
Neil and former England footballer Alex made it through to week 11 of the BBC competition.
However, Strictly bosses have decided against pairing Neil with a celebrity again.
A source said: “After a lot of discussion it was decided that Neil will be dropped from the line-up of professional dancers so he won’t be partnered with a contestant.
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Strictly Come Dancing: Neil Jones won't receive a celebrity partner, according to reports. (Image: BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing: Neil had his first celebrity partner last year. (Image: GETTY)
“He will still be part of the show but only in group routines. So viewers won’t see much of him anymore.”
The insider explained it was “tough” for Neil to take the news after only having one year as part of the main line-up.
Meanwhile, it’s been rumoured his ex Katya will be partnered with Nicola in the show’s first single-sex pairing.
“This year he will watch Katya be the centre of attention while he sits on the sidelines,” the source told Daily Star Sunday.
Strictly Come Dancing: Neil and Katya both joined in 2016. (Image: GETTY)
Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line-up. (Image: EXPRESS)
Express.co.uk has contacted a Strictly representative for comment.