Strictly’s Nicola Adams and Katya Jones CONFIRM they are show’s first ever same-sex pairing


Strictly Come Dancing stars Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have confirmed they are the show’s first same-sex couple.

This year’s pairings are yet to be officially revealed, but the professional boxer, 37, and the ballroom champion, 31, did little to quash rumours they have teamed up as they left filming together on Tuesday morning. 

Katya previously said she was desperate to be coupled with Nicola and declared she would ‘love’ to be a part of the historic show’s first same-sex pairing.

Confirmed! Strictly Come Dancing stars Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have confirmed they are the show’s first same-sex couple

Earlier this year, Katya said: ‘I would love to dance with a woman on the show. 

‘I think creatively it would be really interesting and I love coming up with new ideas for stuff.’

Katya appeared to delighted to have got her way, as she flashed a broad smile while leaving secret location, where they are believed to have filmed their first meet-up ahead of the show’s start date later this month.

The Strictly Come Dancing professional was wrapped up in a double denim ensemble, teamed with a grey mac and a colourful tartan scarf wrapped around her neck. 

Beaming: This year's pairings are yet to be revealed however the professional boxer, 37, and the Strictly pro, 31, did little to quash rumours they have teamed up as they left filming together on Tuesday morning

Beaming: This year’s pairings are yet to be revealed however the professional boxer, 37, and the Strictly pro, 31, did little to quash rumours they have teamed up as they left filming together on Tuesday morning

Dressed to impress: She was wrapped up in a double denim ensemble, teamed with a grey mac and a colourful tartan scarf wrapped around her neck

Casual: Nicola was dressed down in a khaki and white hooded jacket, which she teamed with matching joggers, trainers and a black padded gilet

Dressed to impress: She was wrapped up in a double denim ensemble, teamed with a grey mac and a colourful tartan scarf wrapped around her neck

Exciting: It was previously reported that Katya was desperate to be coupled with Nicola after admitting she would 'love' to be apart of the first same-sex pairing

Exciting: It was previously reported that Katya was desperate to be coupled with Nicola after admitting she would ‘love’ to be apart of the first same-sex pairing

Katya left the building with Nicola following closely behind and it appeared that they were the only members of the cast at the location at the time.

Nicola was dressed down in a khaki and white hooded jacket, which she teamed with matching joggers, trainers and a black padded gilet.

Katya is said to be a ‘huge believer in girl power’ and was ‘telling everyone’ how much she wants to be paired with the Olympic gold medallist.

Katya is also apparently still keen to redeem herself after she was caught kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh, 34, in 2018. 

Keen! Earlier this year, Katya told the Sun : 'I would love to dance with a woman on the show. I think creatively it would be really interesting and I love coming up with new ideas for stuff'

Keen! Earlier this year, Katya told the Sun : ‘I would love to dance with a woman on the show. I think creatively it would be really interesting and I love coming up with new ideas for stuff’

Shockwaves were sent through the Strictly dance floor when married Katya was pictured locking lips with her comedian partner during a pub trip.

A source told The Sun: ‘She [Katya] sees it as a chance to make history but also to redeem herself on the show after her scandal two years ago.

‘She’s a real girls’ girl and is keen to move on from that.’ 

They continued: ‘Equally, show bosses know that Katya will have everyone talking about her and Nicola if they partner them together.’ 

Happy: Katya appeared to delighted to have gotten her way, as she flashed a broad smile while leaving secret location, where they are believed to have filmed their first meet up ahead of the show's start date later this month

Happy: Katya appeared to delighted to have gotten her way, as she flashed a broad smile while leaving secret location, where they are believed to have filmed their first meet up ahead of the show’s start date later this month

All smiles: Katya left the building with Nicola following closely behind and it appeared that they were the only members of the cast at the location at the time

 All smiles: Katya left the building with Nicola following closely behind and it appeared that they were the only members of the cast at the location at the time

Katya is said to be ‘one of the most competitive dancers’ and is keen to ‘push the boundaries’ on the dance floor, according to the source. 

It was revealed in August that producers decide the celebrity and professional pairings based on height.

Katya measures at 5ft 5ins while former professional boxer Nicola stands at 5ft 4ins.

Earlier this year, Katya told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I would love to dance with a woman on the show. I think creatively it would be really interesting and I love coming up with new ideas for stuff. 

Dream team! Katya is said to be a 'huge believer in girl power' and was 'telling everyone' how much she wants to be paired with the Olympic gold medallist

Dream team! Katya is said to be a ‘huge believer in girl power’ and was ‘telling everyone’ how much she wants to be paired with the Olympic gold medallist

Chance of redemption? Katya is also apparently still keen to redeem herself after she was caught kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh, 34, in 2018

Chance of redemption? Katya is also apparently still keen to redeem herself after she was caught kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh, 34, in 2018

It was announced last month Nicola is set to be in the first same-sex pairing on the BBC show, as she said in a statement: ‘It’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry.’ 

Speaking live from her home on BBC Breakfast, Nicola said of her groundbreaking all-female pairing: ‘It’s really important, it’s a big step for the show as well. 

‘It’s nice to see we’ve been able to move on and I just can’t wait to get some dancing done really.’

Revealing she approached Strictly with the idea for a same-sex pairing, Nicola explained: ‘I asked the show about it. 

Controversy: Shockwaves were sent through the Strictly dance floor when married Katya was pictured locking lips with her comedian partner (pictured) during a pub trip

Controversy: Shockwaves were sent through the Strictly dance floor when married Katya was pictured locking lips with her comedian partner (pictured) during a pub trip

A source said: 'She sees it as a chance to make history but also to redeem herself on the show after her scandal two years ago'

A source said: ‘She sees it as a chance to make history but also to redeem herself on the show after her scandal two years ago’

‘They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show and I said “yeah I’ll do it but I want to dance with another female dance partner.'”

‘It’s definitely a time for change and time to move on and be more diverse. This is a brilliant step in the right direction. 

‘It will be nice for the LGBT community to be able to see that there are same sex couples on the show as well.’

Nicola became the first female amateur boxer to win a gold medal at London 2012 and became double Olympic champion following her second gold medal win in Rio 2016 as well as being the first boxer in history to retain an Olympic title. 

Fierce: Katya is said to be 'one of the most competitive dancers' and is keen to 'push the boundaries' on the dance floor, according to the source

Fierce: Katya is said to be ‘one of the most competitive dancers’ and is keen to ‘push the boundaries’ on the dance floor, according to the source

Good match! Katya measures at 5ft 5ins while former professional boxer Nicola stands at 5ft 4ins and producers apparently match pairings on their height

Good match! Katya measures at 5ft 5ins while former professional boxer Nicola stands at 5ft 4ins and producers apparently match pairings on their height

Earlier this year, Katya told the Sunday Mirror: 'I would love to dance with a woman on the show. I think creatively it would be really interesting and I love coming up with new ideas for stuff'

Earlier this year, Katya told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I would love to dance with a woman on the show. I think creatively it would be really interesting and I love coming up with new ideas for stuff’

It was announced last month Nicola is set to be in the first same-sex pairing on the BBC show, as she said in a statement: 'It's amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry'

It was announced last month Nicola is set to be in the first same-sex pairing on the BBC show, as she said in a statement: ‘It’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry’

Following the news about Nicola appearing on the show in a female partnership, the BBC defended having a same-sex pairing on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing last month after more than 100 people complained.

In a statement the corporation said the competition is an ‘inclusive show’ and they are ‘proud’ to have had same-sex numbers in previous series. 

The BBC said: ‘Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.

‘We have stated, in the past, that we are open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers, should the opportunity arise.’

‘Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate. The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.’

Last year male professional dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima performed a same sex routine during the show’s seventeenth series.

While the dance – conducted during a performance by pop star Emeli Sande – was met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response on social media, it prompted 200 complaints with TV regulator Ofcom.

Nicola recently spoke about her upcoming appearance on the show, saying she is ready to ‘break boundaries’ as part of first same-sex couple in show’s history.

It's over: Katya and 38-year-old Neil Jones's six-year marriage ended in 2019 months after pictures emerged of her kissing her dance partner Seann on a night out (pictured together in 2019)

It’s over: Katya and 38-year-old Neil Jones’s six-year marriage ended in 2019 months after pictures emerged of her kissing her dance partner Seann on a night out (pictured together in 2019)

Katya and 38-year-old Neil Jones’s six-year marriage ended in 2019, months after pictures emerged of her kissing her dance partner Seann on a night out.

Talking about their break-up for the first time in June, Neil, 38, also discussed the cheating scandal, which hit the headlines in October 2018.

Neil told The Sun: ‘We’re still not divorced. It’s a thing we’re trying to sort out but we haven’t started the process yet.

‘A lot of the places are not working because of the coronavirus. Everything is on hold. But we’re not in any rush.’ 

'We're in no rush': Strictly's Neil Jones reveals he STILL hasn't begun divorce proceedings with ex Katya and insists his split had 'nothing to do' with Seann Walsh snog scandal

‘We’re in no rush’: Strictly’s Neil Jones reveals he STILL hasn’t begun divorce proceedings with ex Katya and insists his split had ‘nothing to do’ with Seann Walsh snog scandal

Explaining their decision to split, Neil admitted that they had ‘found that they’d grown apart’ before acknowledging they were ‘lucky’ to not have kids. 

The dancer insisted: ‘It had nothing to do with what happened [with Seann].’ 

For the first time since their split, Neil touched on the Seann Walsh kiss scandal which pushed his marriage to Katya into the limelight.

He said: ‘For me it’s something that happened in the past. We spoke about everything back then,’ before confirming that he and his ex are still friends.

Over: The funnyman was in a long-term relationship with Rebecca Humphries at the time (pictured 2015)

Over: The funnyman was in a long-term relationship with Rebecca Humphries at the time (pictured 2015)

Seann and Katya faced a huge backlash after pictures surfaced of the pair locking lips on their booze-fuelled night out nearly two years ago. 

At the time, the comedian was dating Rebecca Humphries and Katya was still happily married to now-estranged husband Neil.

Shortly after the scandal, Seann issued an apology in which he blamed his actions on alcohol, branding it a ‘one-off’ and a ‘mistake’.

The dance expert echoed the sentiments, claiming she was sorry for the ‘hurt’ she had caused by her actions, but insisted her marriage to Neil was ‘absolutely fine’. 

After the kiss came to light, Seann was publicly dumped by his girlfriend of five years Rebecca, and Katya later split from Neil.

Statement: After the kiss came to light, Seann was publicly dumped by his girlfriend of five years Rebecca, and Katya later split from Neil.

Statement: After the kiss came to light, Seann was publicly dumped by his girlfriend of five years Rebecca, and Katya later split from Neil.

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020

CAROLINE QUENTIN

Age: 60

Profession: Actress, known for roles in Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek

Caroline says: ‘I hope my knees don’t let me down and I hope the foundation garments live up to expectations when I start leaping about!’

Fun fact: She met her now-husband, Sam Farmer in 1998 on the set of Men Behaving Badly when he was one of the studio runners.

MAX GEORGE 

 Age: 31

Profession: Singer – from former boy band The Wanted

Max says: ‘Nan – I’m doing Strictly this year!’ as he vowed to make his superfan grandmother proud

Fun Fact: Max’s fellow The Wanted bandmate Jay McGuiness was on Strictlby Come Dancing in 2015 – and won it!  

CLARA AMFO

 Age: 36

Profession: Radio 1 presenter

Clara says: ‘As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy’

Fun fact:  Clara has some experience of celeb gameshows, having taken part on Celebrity Masterchef in 2018

BILL BAILEY 

 Age: 55

Profession: Comedian and TV personality

Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’

Fun fact:  Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

 

 MAISIE SMITH 

 Age: 19

Profession: EastEnders actress

Maisie says: ‘Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter!’

Fun fact:  Maisie won the 2019 Children In Need special of Strictly with Kevin Clifton 

 

 HRVY

 

 Age: 21

Profession: YouTube star 

HRVY says: ‘Being on Strictly is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to be taking part this year.’

Fun fact:  HRVY follows in the footsteps of former internet star contestants Joe Sugg and Saffron Barker – the latter of whom is close friends with him 

 

JASON BELL

Age: 42

Profession: Retired American Football player – now a pundit

 Jason says: ‘I am thrilled. I’m a huge fan of the show, I’ve been watching it since I came to this country, so it’s time for me to do something cool to impress my daughter, now that she can watch me perform!’

Fun Fact: Jason is the father of Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle’s daughter. The couple were together for 11 years, only splitting recently in 2019

 RANVIR SINGH 

 Age: 43

Profession: ITV broadcaster, Political Editor for GMB

Ranvir says:  ‘It feels like I’m on a rollercoaster… Hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!’

Fun fact: Ranvir is the fourth GMB star to star following Susanna Reid, Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins.

 

NICOLA ADAMS  

 Age: 37

Profession: Double Olympic gold medallist boxer

Nicola says: ‘I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts’

Fun fact:  Nicola will form the show’s first ever same-sex pairing as she is parterned with a female professional. 

   

  JJ CHALMERS

Age: 55 Profession: Comedian and TV personality Clara says: 'I'm not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance' Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

 Age: 55 Profession: Comedian and TV personality Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’ Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

Age: 33

Profession: Ex Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist

JJ says: ‘Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure’

Fun fact:  JJ is close friends with Prince Harry after they worked together on the Invictus Games

 

 JAMIE LAING 

 Age: 31

Profession: Made In Chelsea star

Jamie says: ‘I’m over the moon I actually get to come back and dance again. It’s going to be unbelievably amazing!’

Fun fact:  Jamie was forced to pull out of the 2019 series of Strictly after a foot injury 

 

RT HON JACQUI  SMITH

 Age: 57

Profession: Politician

Jacqui says: ‘I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me…!’

Fun fact:  Fifty years ago, she received a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing 

 

  

 

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