Neil Jones hits out at Strictly Come Dancing ‘fix’ claims ‘There’s no need’

Strictly: Nina Wadia mimics Neil Jones during training

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Throughout the current series of Strictly Come Dancing, BBC viewers have been left outraged each week as the celebrities are eliminated one by one. Last weekend, viewers were left unimpressed after children’s TV presenter Rhys Stephenson and his dance partner Nancy Xu narrowly missed out on the final. Some even accused the voting results of being “fixed” when John Whaite and Johannes Radebe were saved from elimination.

However, in an exclusive interview with, professional dancer Neil Jones hit back at the claims, as he admitted: “There’s no need.”

Neil was partnered up with former EastEnders actress Nina Wadia during the BBC competition.

Although unlucky for them, the duo were the first couple to be eliminated from the show.

Hitting back at the “fix” claims, Neil said: “I think that there’s no need. It’s all down to the audience.”

The 31-year-old continued: “The audience pick who they want to go through.

“So, I always say when the audience turning around saying it’s fixed or anything like that. It’s like the choices in their hands. 

“When we went home, it’s because they didn’t vote. Every year if you want someone to stay, vote for them.

“If they want someone to win this weekend, vote for them. It’s all in their hands.”


Discussing when he and Nina were eliminated from the competition, Neil admitted he was “gutted” to leave so soon.

The dancer explained: “It’s one of those things. It’s part of the show that somebody has to go home.

“I had the great run with Alex Scott when we went to the quarter-finals. But this year, we were the first couple out.

“But I enjoyed the short time I had with Nina. I was dancing with her again as we get ready for the final.”

“And so, for me, it’s part of the show. So, it’s okay, that’s how it is,” he added.

“I was gutted for Nina because I thought it would be nice if she could do a few more dances.”

On Saturday night, Rose Ayling-Ellis and John Whaite will battle it out in a bid to win the show.

AJ Odudu was also meant to be competing in the final but had to withdraw due to a leg injury she sustained in rehearsals.



Throughout the competition, Rose and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice have been the ones to beat, according to the bookies.

Ladbrokes claim Rose and Giovanni have odds of 1/9 in the betting to win the Glitterball Trophy.

John and his partner Johannes Radebe is close behind the soap star with odds of 8/1. 

Before AJ dropped out, the bookies predicted AJ and Kai would have come in third place.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Record-breaking Rose is a shoo-in for this year’s Glitterball Trophy, with the odds suggesting John will take the second podium spot.”

Strictly Come Dancing airs at 7.10pm on BBC One.

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