Judges’ ver­dict on Seann and Kayta

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - FRONT PAGE - Caught-out pair go Ital­ian as they win judges’ sup­port

Strictly cou­ple Seann Walsh and Katya Jones hit the floor last night for the first time since their drunken kiss threw the show into tur­moil.

The cou­ple took to the dance floor af­ter a tur­bu­lent week when they were pho­tographed kiss­ing in the street and had to face the hu­mil­i­at­ing fall-out.

There were calls for them to be booted off the BBC show af­ter they fell foul of the so- called Strictly curse which blights the re­la­tion­ships of con­tes­tants.

Mr Walsh was dumped by his girl­friend of five years Re­becca Humphries af­ter a pic­ture of him kiss­ing Mrs Jones in the street emerged last week.

His dance part­ner, who is mar­ried to fel­low dancer Neil Jones, tweeted an apol­ogy say­ing her ac­tions were “a one- off mis­take af­ter some drinks.”

Out­spo­ken judge Craig Revel Hor­wood said he wanted to see them “face the mu­sic” by danc­ing again – and laid the blame fir mly with Mrs Jones as the pro­fes­sional of the pair.

He told the Jonathan Ross Show: “My take was keep them in the s h o w, make them do the Dance of Shame, if you like.”

In an­other in­ter­view, he pre­dicted the cou­ple would find it “tough” to step out to per­form the Charleston, which was a sub­sti­tute for their planned Rumba.

Mr Hor­wood said: “That’s where the awk­ward part of this whole sce­nario lies, as they’re the ones who have to face the mu­sic.

“They’re the ones who have to go on and do the dance of shame. It’s like go­ing to a Christ­mas party and you snog the boss. You still have to come to work on Mon­day if you want the job.

“Peo­ple talk about the Strictly Curse, but this hap­pens in ev­ery pro­fes­sion. Yes, when you’re danc­ing you’re up close and per­sonal for eight hours a day and you get used to be­ing tac­tile – to hold­ing hands, hug­ging, kiss­ing – but it’s act­ing.

“At the end of the day, you down tools and go home to your part­ner.”

For­mer bal­le­rina Darcey Bus­sell also dis­missed the idea of the Strictly curse when the judges ap­peared to­gether on the Jonathan Ross show.

She said: “I danced for over 20 years in the Royal Bal­let and I’m still hap­pily mar­ried.”

Mrs Jones has in­sisted that her re­la­tion­ship with Neil, who also ap­pears on Strictly, is “ab­so­lutely fine.”

She ap­peared along­side Mr Walsh on the spin-off show It Takes Two, and lis­tened as he apol­o­gised for mak­ing “a mis­take.”

He said: “I made a mis­take, which I’m very sorry for. I’m sorry for the hurt I caused.

“You never think about the ex­tent of the dam­age you’re go­ing to do in a mo­ment of a mis­take you’ve made.”

Mr Walsh is also re­ported to have now apol­o­gised face- to- face to Miss Humphries, who had ac­cused him of re­act­ing “ag­gres­sively” when she voiced con­cerns that his re­la­tion­ship with Mrs Jones was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate.”

Miss Humphries also said: “But this whole busi­ness has served to re­mind me that I am a strong, ca­pa­ble per­son who is now free, and no vic­tim.”

The Strictly re­sults will be re­vealed tonight on a show star­ring the Back­street Boys.

Con­tes­tant Katie Piper was given ex­tra se­cu­rity ahead of last night’s show af­ter the man who car­ried out an acid at­tack on her was freed from prison.

Ste­fan Sylvestre had served nine years in jail.

He is un­der­stood to have been banned from go­ing near the star or the El­stree stu­dios where Strictly is filmed.

Ms Piper was seen ar­riv­ing to re­hearse a jive per­for­mance ac­com­pa­nied by the body­guard af­ter Sylvestre’s


‘ I danced for over 20 years in the Royal Bal­let and I’m still hap­pily mar­ried

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones on Strictly Come Danc­ing last night, cir­cle

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