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Reports of reduced role for Katya Jones on Strictly ‘all speculation’

Katya Jones danced with Seann Walsh in the last series (Ian West/PA)
Katya Jones danced with Seann Walsh in the last series (Ian West/PA)

No decision has been made on the future of Katya Jones on Strictly Come Dancing, according to a show source.

There was speculation that the professional would be given a reduced role following negative publicity around a kiss she shared with dance partner Seann Walsh.

It was suggested in media reports that she would be made a reserve on the show in favour of her husband Neil.

A source working on the show has strongly denied the suggestions, and said they are pure speculation.

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Seann Walsh with his dance partner Katya Jones in the last series (Ray Burmiston/BBC)

It was stated that Strictly dancers are not decided until much later in the year, when celebrities are confirmed for the dance show.

A show source said: “It’s all speculation.

“Partners are never decided until nearer the time. This is all speculation.”

Jones and Walsh apologised for their off-screen conduct following revelations of a kiss shared between the dance partners during the last series.

The pair made it to week six, enduring a “dance of shame”, according to judge Craig Revel Horwood, following the Strictly scandal.

Walsh has referenced the episode in his stand-up comedy.

Representatives of Jones have been contacted for comment.

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