Neil Jones won’t have a celebrity partner in Strictly Come Dancing

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It’s believed professional dancer Neil Jones hasn’t been matched with one of the 15 stars taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The 41-year-old has been part of the BBC One competition since 2016, although viewers have rarely seen him compete in the series.

Although he danced with two stars on the Christmas specials, it wasn’t until he was partnered with Alex Scott in 2019 that he competed in the main show for the first time.

Not being matched again the following year, Neil took to the dancefloor in 2021 with EastEnders actress Nina Wadia.

Despite being part of the Strictly Come Dancing family for seven years, he’s only officially competed twice and has reportedly been snubbed once again by bosses.

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Although Neil will be part of the larger group dances in the series, there are reports that he’s missed out on being matched with one of the 15 stars taking part this year.

It looks as though Neil isn’t too disheartened about not taking part as he told Radio Times bosses keep them busy.

He said: “I would honestly say to you, I love when I have a partner, and I love when I don’t have a partner.

“When you don’t have a partner, a lot of people think you just sit at home.

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“But you really don’t. On Strictly, they make sure you’ve got plenty to do.

“We’re doing group numbers and music acts, we help out other pros.”

It looks as though Neil isn’t the only professional who has missed out on getting a partner this year either.

It’s been reported Nadiya Bychkova won’t be taking to the dancefloor due to her height.

According to sources, there wasn’t any chemistry between Nadiya and the male stars when the pros first met with the contestants.

Although Bobby Brazier is the only celebrity who would’ve matched Nadiya’s height, bosses thought the large age gap between them didn’t sit right with bosses.

A Strictly spokeswoman declined to comment, but a source told Daily Star: “Whilst not every pro always dances with a celebrity partner, every single one of them is an equally valued and important member of the Strictly family.”

Strictly Come Dancing airs September 16th on BBC One from 6:25pm

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