20 September 2020 06:48

Strictly Come Dancing: Neil had his first celebrity partner last year.

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FREE now and never miss the top Royal stories again. SUBSCRIBE Invalid email Sign up fornow and never miss the top Royal stories again. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Neil Jones was given a celebrity partner for the first time last year as he took to the floor with Alex Scott.

Strictly Come Dancing's Neil Jones 'won't receive celebrity partner' in huge shake-up

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. Read more: Dianne Buswell: Joe Sugg's girlfriend and Strictly pro drops baby news Strictly Come Dancing: Neil Jones won't receive a celebrity partner, according to reports. Strictly Come Dancing: Neil had his first celebrity partner last year. READ MORE Tess Daly speechless over Strictly Come Dancing co-star's appearance "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. Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line-up. Last year, Katya and Mike Bushell were voted out of the competition in week eight. There are fewer celebrities competing in this year's series which will likely influence which professionals will get partners. Strictly is starting a month later than usual and there are 12 pairings instead of 15. Elsewhere, BBC viewers weren't impressed when Strictly returned with a look back at the best moments from Movie Week. Trending