Brendan Cole’s Strictly Come Dancing replacement revealed as familiar face

Brendan Cole’s professional dancer replacement on this autumn’s Strictly Come Dancing has been unveiled as Neil Jones – husband of fellow pro Katya Jones.

Choreographer Neil will be a familiar face to fans of the show as he took up expert slots on Zoe Ball’s spinoff It Takes Two.

Neil joined the hit BBC series in 2016 as a choreographer for the professional group dances, as well as a back-up dancer in case of injury, but has never really been in the spotlight – until now.

Alan Dedicoat, the voiceover artist for Strictly and the National Lottery, told the Sun: "Neil Jones is doing it this year.

"He’s always been on the show but not coupled with someone, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does."

But a telly insider said Neil’s height may be an issue when it comes to finding him a celebrity partner.

"Neil has been a choreographer but has always been keen to be partnered with one of the celebrities," they said.

"He’s well liked by the other dancers and crew and he has a wicked personality. Producers are lining him up for a star role. The only thing that could stand in his way is height."

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It’s not the first time a married couple has joined the professional dancing ranks – Aljaž Škorjane and Janette Manrara often dance together on the show, while the so-called Strictly Curse came into play for Karen and Kevin Clifton last year amid cheating rumours.

Neil and Russian dancer Katya can actually thank the show for bringing them together, as they met in Blackpool in 2008.

At the time, Neil was a back-up dancer for Strictly.

Together they’ve won the British National Champions four times in a row, and danced their way to the top spot at the World Amateur Latin Championships three times since then.

They married in London in 2015.

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