Strictly Come Dancing's Neil Jones 'dropped from main line-up'

Strictly Come Dancing star Neil Jones is said to be ‘devastated’ after being reportedly dropped as a competitor from this year’s show.

The star will now serve as a group dancer on this year’s series, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

This comes despite his success dancing with footballer Alex Scott last year – his first time dancing with a celebrity.

A Strictly source told the publication: ‘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.

‘He will still be part of the show, but only in group ­routines.

‘So viewers won’t see much of him any more.’

The news comes amidst rumours that Neil’s ex, fellow Strictly pro-dancer Katya Jones, will be in a high-profile match with Nicola Adams: the show’s first same-sex pairing.

The source added: ‘This year he will watch Katya be the centre of attention while he sits on the sidelines.’

Neil joined Strictly as a group dancer in 2016, and was called up to the main line-up for the first time last year.

The pro and Alex were the 10th to be eliminated in the competition – with Emmerdale actor Kevin Fletcher and his partner, Oti Mabuse eventually taking home the crown. has contacted reps for BBC and Neil Jones for a comment.

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 kicks off on BBC One in October.

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