Strictly Come Dancing stars Katya Jones and Nicola Adams ‘will return to sister show It Takes Two’ following isolation period after pro dancer tests positive for COVID-19
- The show’s first same-sex couple were axed from the Strictly line-up on Thursday after Russian dancer Katya tested positive for COVID-19
- It Take Two presenter Gethin insisted they would get them back on the sister show at the first available opportunity
- It’s understood that four crew members on the show have also been forced to isolate after coming into Katya
- In a separate blow Oti Mabuse has also been forced to isolate for two weeks following an ’emergency’ trip to Germany
The show’s first same-sex couple were axed from the Strictly line-up on Thursday after Russian dancer Katya tested positive for COVID-19, despite the introduction of strict new guidelines by producers.
But Gethin, 42 – himself filling in for Rylan Clark-Neal after the presenter came into contact with a COVID carrier – insisted they would get them back on the sister show at the first available opportunity.
The door is open: Nicola Adams and Katya Jones will return to Strictly Come Dancing spin-off show It Takes Two as soon as their coronavirus isolation has ended
Addressing viewers on Thursday evening, he said: ‘I’m afraid I do have some very sad news. Some of you may already know that Nicola and Katya have had to withdraw from the competition, after Katya tested positive for Covid-19.
‘She doesn’t have any symptoms and is feeling good, but is obviously devastated that their time on Strictly has come to an end early, as we are.
‘We will get them on the show for a chat as soon as their self-isolation period is over. Nicola and Katya, we’re sending you all of the love tonight. Thankfully the rest of the cast are unaffected.’
They will be back: Presenter Gethin Jones told Thursday evening’s viewers they would get them back on the sister show at the first available opportunity
Shock: Strictly bosses confirmed Nicola and Katya’s departure in a statement they posted on social media
It’s understood that four crew members on the show have also been forced to isolate after coming into Katya, who believes she may have contracted the virus while visiting a sandwich shop.
Katya and Nicola Adams, trained together on Monday and Tuesday – and Katya tested positive that day, according to sources.
A source close to Nicola told MailOnline: ‘She’s hoping her Strictly dream is not over.
Popular: The pair have been a hot with fans as the show’s first ever same-sex couple
‘My hero’: Shortly after Strictly confirmed news of the couple’s exit, Katya posted on Instagram that her ‘heart is broken’, before paying tribute to her partner
‘There’s lots of hurdles to overcome but if it’s possible she can compete with Katya in the 2021 series, Nicola will want to make it happen.’
In a separate blow to the beleaguered show Oti Mabuse has also been forced to isolate for two weeks following an ’emergency’ trip to Germany – promoting the return of eliminated dancer Anton du Beke, who will fill in during her absence.
While the Strictly cast have been in social bubbles, they are allowed to continue their daily business as normal, with insiders now claiming ‘furious’ BBC bosses have vowed to tighten the rules for the remaining celebs.
Gutted: Nicola also addressed fans after her early, unexpected departure was announced
A Strictly representative confirmed to MailOnline that bosses are not launching an investigation into how Katya contracted the virus as there is no way to indicate where she may have caught it.
A source told The Sun: ‘The BBC’s top brass are mutinous. It’s been drummed into everyone that they need to follow protocol at all times – and some are saying that Katya has clearly broken the rules.
‘Katya has been living alone at her flat and people have speculated whether she caught it when she went to grab a coffee and sandwich from shops during a break in training.
‘The BBC have since spoken to all the celebs and dancers and they’ve been told to bring in packed lunches from now on.’
‘Apparently they’re all really paranoid because Katya had no symptoms and it’s a miracle Nicola didn’t get it as they were dancing so closely.
‘The Celebs have also all asked their families to isolate as much as possible, and get supermarket deliveries.’
Strictly’s ‘bubble’ system
Strictly introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.
These ‘bubbles’ mean that any celebrity can openly mix, train and perform with their professional partner and vice versa, but they are prohibited from mixing with anyone from outside of their bubble during filming or training.
Despite these new restrictions, and some celebrities having to live alone while taking part in the series, they are not limited from going to public spaces such as shops and parks.
In some cases stars have been living alone while the other half of their pair can stay with their family or household.
This series also became the first in the show’s history to air without a live audience after England was plunged into a month-long lockdown.
This year has already seen the pros pre-record all of their group performances while isolating together in a hotel as one bubble, before being separated to join up with their celebrity partners, and thus forming their own separate bubbles.