Strictly Come Dancing fans had been hoping that popular pro dancer Neil Jones would be given a celebrity partner on this year's show, and were disappointed when he revealed that it wasn’t to be the case this year. However, Neil has delighted viewers on Friday by revealing a new Strictly photograph which he posted on social media. Taking to Instagram, Neil posted the snapshot of himself standing in front of a pink glitter ball, dressed in his dance gear. In the caption, Neil wrote: "It’s Funday Friday and here is my new @bbcstrictly shot. I know it’s pink but i feel I have a touch of blue steel happening. What do you think this pic says to you or even reminds you of????"
Neil Jones now has his own professional photo - but fans want to see him with a dancer partner!
The new photo got fans talking, with many commenting on the fact that he should be pictured with a partner in the picture. "This reminds me that Neil doesn't have a partner again," one wrote, while another said: "Brilliant, and next year you will have a celebrity partner. I would choose you if I were a celebrity." A third added: "Looking pretty damn good. Next year you better get a celebrity partner, or else there'll be trouble!"
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Neil – who is married to pro dancer and last year's winner Katya Jones – revealed back in August that he would be remaining as a backing dancer on the new series of Strictly. Remaining upbeat about the decision, Neil uploaded a short video on Instagram putting the rumours to rest. He said: "Hi guys. So we have had a fantastic few weeks of rehearsals and this week we finally met up with all of the celebrities– and I just wanted to say one thing - you are in for a treat!" The dancer continued: "Now, there have been a few rumours swirling around whether or not I will have a partner this year on Strictly, and I just wanted to let you know what was going on. Unfortunately, I won't be paired up this series, but don't worry because I will still be there every week in all the group numbers, in the music acts, and on It Takes Two – which I love!"
Neil is a much-loved backing dancer
Neil is still very much involved in the show and enjoys hanging out with the pro dancers and their celebrity dance partners after rehearsals are over. Last weekend, he enjoyed a Sunday roast with YouTube star Joe Sugg – who is partnered with Dianne Buswell. The doting husband also paid tribute to his wife and her dance partner Sean Walsh last Saturday following their first dance together. Posting a video of their dance on Instagram, Neil wrote: "I am soooooo proud of these two last night on @bbcstrictly. Now we all know @seannwalsh is not a natural dancer and he will need a lot of work but @mrs_katjones is loving every moment of kicking his backside in training and I think for week 1 that wasn’t bad at all and very entertaining plus personally I loved the chuck at the end."
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