Craig: Katya’s to blame. She broke pro­to­col

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by FELIC­ITY CROSS & JU­LIA KUTTNER

CRAIG Revel Hor­wood has blasted Strictly cheat Katya Jones, rant­ing: “She was in the wrong.”

The show judge spoke out as the pro dancer last night took to the floor with shamed celeb part­ner Seann Walsh af­ter they were caught shar­ing a drunken kiss.

Both made a grov­el­ling apol­ogy on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two on Wed­nes­day.

Seann, 32, has since been dumped by his girl­friend of four years Re­becca Humphries.

But Craig believes the fault lies with Katya, who should “never have al­lowed it to hap­pen”.

He said: “Per­son­ally, I think Katya was in the wrong. She should have put a stop to it be­cause she’s a pro­fes­sional dancer.

“It’s her job not only to pro­tect her own re­la­tion­ship, but to pro­tect the celebrity and be the men­tor.

“I think she broke pro­to­col over that. She should never have al­lowed it to hap­pen.”

Katya, 29, has been mar­ried to fel­low dancer Neil Jones for five years and said they are “ab­so­lutely fine”.

But speak­ing ahead of last night’s show, Craig said he thought watch­ing it would be hard on Neil.

Seann and Katya last night danced the Charles­ton, said to have been cho­sen be­cause of its min­i­mal phys­i­cal con­tact.

He went on: “Of course, she’s mar­ried and her hus­band Neil is on Strictly. It will be tough for Seann and Katya, and Neil.

“They’re the ones who have to go on and do the dance of shame.”

Dancer Kristina Ri­hanoff, whose part­ner Ben Co­hen was mar­ried when they were paired to­gether on the show in 2013, weighed in: “I hope peo­ple can give them a chance.”

Mean­while, it has been re­vealed the shamed pair boasted about how “sup­port­ive” their part­ners were just days be­fore be­ing caught smooching in a Lon­don pub.

Katya said that Neil was thrilled when the co­me­dian was cho­sen as her celeb part­ner. And Seann even said that she and his now ex-girl­friend Re­becca had be­come pals. Just days be­fore pic­tures of their kiss were pub­lished last Sun­day, Katya told us: “Neil wanted me to get Seann from the start be­cause he is like the prankster of the group.”

Seann said: “My girl­friend is ab­so­lutely lov­ing it. She is talk­ing to Katya and Katya is send­ing lit­tle tu­to­rial videos.”

But the spark be­tween the danc­ing pair al­ready seem to be lit, with Seann gush­ing about their close­ness.

He said: “Me and Katya were chucked in at the deep end be­cause we don’t know each other.” Katya added: “Sud­denly you know each other re­ally well.”

Seann chipped in: “Yeah… re­ally well.”

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