Neil: ‘My time will come!’

Heat (UK) - - This Week | We’re Obsessed With... - Say hello to Strictly’s un­sung hero

Let’s be clear, Strictly is prac­ti­cally per­fect. But there’s one thing it’s fail­ing on, and we’ve had enough: we want more Neil Jones! Ev­ery year, the red­head steals the show in the group dances, not to men­tion his chem­istry with wife Katya. Se­ri­ously, look at them – they’re the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of the dance floor. But he’s never been given a celebrity part­ner. It’s just not right. But, ac­cord­ing to the pro, his time will come.

“When it comes to that mo­ment when they say, ‘You know what, Neil? We’ve got a part­ner for you, we re­ally want you to dance,’ I’m ready for that,” the 35 year old tells heat. “Last year, there was a pe­ti­tion to get me a part­ner – I’m thank­ful to ev­ery­one show­ing sup­port. But re­ally, I think when there’s some­one there for me, they’ll give me a part­ner.”

In the mean­time, he says he’s per­fectly happy in the group num­bers, as well as help­ing out Katya – who this year is paired with co­me­dian Seann Walsh – in her rou­tines. But, so far as the Strictly curse goes, it’s Katya – who won last year with ac­tor Joe Mcfad­den – who needs to worry more than him. “Well, Ed [Balls] did have beau­ti­ful eyes. But I have more of a bro­mance with her part­ners. I’m nor­mally the one say­ing, ‘Katya, don’t be harsh on them!’”

Yep, Neil’s our un­sung hero, with a heart as warm as his flame-red hair – and we won’t rest un­til he takes his right­ful place front and cen­tre.

But un­til then, he’s per­fectly happy sup­port­ing ev­ery­one else be­hind the scenes. “I get to be around giv­ing them ad­vice,” he tells us. “I’m like the dance whis­perer. Or the gin­ger whis­perer.”

What a champ. ■

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