Will Neil Jones get a celebrity partner on Strictly Come Dancing this year?

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Will Neil Jones finally get a celebrity partner on Strictly Come Dancing this year?

Neil, husband of fellow Strictly pro Katya Jones, has been on the show since 2016 but has yet to get a celebrity partner.

Instead, he's been performing in the pro group routines as well as the show's one-off specials and live tour.

But could 2019 be Neil's year to be part of a celebrity couple on the main show?

There have been rumours it may finally be the case and Neil responded to the speculation this week.

Appearing on ITV's This Morning alongside Katya, Neil said: "I don't know, fingers crossed. We all find out two weeks beforehand. There's normally – they book all the celebs [first]."

"[Having a partner] would be really good," he added. "I enjoy every moment of it, so it's really nice. Even if I have the same role again, I don't mind. But it would be good."

Katya added: "There has been lots of petitions from the fans. Literally, official petitions, 'Get Neil a partner!'"

Neil and Katya were on the programme to discuss their own dance show, Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream.

Based on their own love story, Neil and Katya's Somnium show tells the tale of a British boy and a Russian girl who fell in love and became World Champion dancers.

It plays at Sadler's Wells in London this June. You can book tickets here.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2019 professionals line up was confirmed at the start of this year.

This year's women on the Strictly pro cast with Katya are Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Luba Mushtuk and Nadiya Bychkova.

Alongside Neil, the male pros joining them are are Aljaž Škorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Graziano Di Prima and Johannes Radebe.

Pasha Kovalev won't be returning having decided to quit after 8 years.

Strictly Come Dancing typically begins in September on BBC One.

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