James Jordan wants Neil Jones to compete on Strictly Come Dancing 2019

Dancing On Ice star says Neil should replace Pasha Kovalev in the line-up

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James Jordan has backed Neil Jones to take over from outgoing professional Pasha Kovalev on Strictly Come Dancing.

The dancers on the BBC show’s roster are currently waiting to find out whether they will be returning for the upcoming run.

However, one familiar face that definitely won’t be back is Pasha, who recently announced he is quitting after eight years.

Now, in a chat with The Sun, James has urged Beeb bosses to hand his spot to Neil.

While Neil is regarded as a fan favourite, he has never been partnered with a celebrity contestant on a main series.

James, a Strictly pro between 2006 and 2013, claims producers should be supporting more UK talent.

“No question Neil Jones has to replace Pasha,” he told the newspaper. “He’s British for starters and there aren’t enough British dancers on the show.

“He’s ginger, he’s funny, he’s got a brilliant personality, he’s a great choreographer – I have no idea why he’s not had a partner previously.”

The former Celebrity Big Brother housemate also said Neil’s wife Katya Jones should also be given another chance following her snogging scandal.

Katya plunged last year’s series into controversy when she was pictured kissing partner Seann Walsh on a night out.

“Katya should be allowed back,” he claimed. “Neil and Katya deserve their moment on the show as a couple. Whatever goes on in their personal life isn’t my business.”

James is currently appearing on ITV’s skating contest Dancing On Ice, impressing viewers with consistently high scores.

He faces tough competition from Love Island star Wes Nelson, who is the bookies' favourite to win.

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on BBC One in the Autumn.

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