James Jordan blasts Strictly launch as Neil Jones left partnerless

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The Strictly Come Dancing couples were announced on Saturday night with one professional dancer notably being left without a partner. James Jordan, 44, called out the BBC show for downgrading Neil Jones, 40, in favour of “foreign dancers”. 

James took to Twitter to put the show on blast in view of his 318,000 followers. 

The former professional dancer wrote: “Hi guys – just missed a lot of the launch. 

“Did Neil get a partner this year? Maybe I missed it,” he added with a sarcastic shrugging emoji.

Moments later, he replied to Twitter user Kay Fogg, who tweeted: “Why Does Neil miss out again?”

 

James replied: “Very strange – such a shame they don’t use the talent we have in this country. 

“Especially when he has the best pedigree,” James added with another shrugging emoji.

“Nothing against the foreign dancers as my wife was one of them BUT too few home grown so why not Neil???” (sic) 

James’ followers took to the comments section to share their thoughts on Neil’s position in the show this year. 

Alison Tinsley wrote: “Totally agree with you James. I’m disappointed Luba and Neil haven’t got partners… Nothing against the new dancers, but do your time on the show and then get a partner…” (sic)

“Why don’t the newbies have a year in the group dances and give others a chance to be partnered?” asked Keely Robinson.

Helen McLean added: “We agree…. He’s brilliant… so sorry he hasn’t got a partner!!” (sic)

Gaynor John penned: “Didn’t realise until now you mention it. That’s a shame… He’s a fabulous dancer. Though I do miss you and Ola.” (sic)

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James and his wife Ola Jordan competed on Strictly Come Dancing together between 2006 and 2013, with the latter going on to stay an additional two years. 

In another seemingly targeted tweet, James wrote: “Just when you think they couldn’t tick anymore boxes – they just added more boxes.”

However, Tom Hayes disagreed with James about the diversity comment, firing back: “The fact there’s two same sex couples? It makes it even better. Mixes it up more.”

Strictly Come Dancing has been making an effort to be more inclusive than ever before after it proved to be a success last year. 

Strictly 2021 saw the most diverse final in the show’s history, with the first deaf contestant Rose Ayling-Ellis going on to win the competition with her partner Giovanni Pernice.

Meanwhile, the first same-sex male couple on the show, Johannes Radebe and John Whaite, also went on to come in second place. 

This year, Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds will break new barriers in the competition for those with disabilities. 

The show is also featuring two same-sex couples: Jayde Adams with Karen Hauer, and Richie Anderson with Giovanni Pernice.

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