‘Memories Ill cherish forever’ Katya Jones speaks out after sparking Strictly exit fears

Strictly: Katya Jones cries and calls Ed Balls a ‘father figure’

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Katya Jones, 32, has set the record straight after It Takes Two viewers shared their worries about her future on the BBC show this evening. The Russian dancer took to Instagram to address the speculation after taking part in a reflective CV segment on this evening’s episode of Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two.

During the segment, Katya looked back on her six years as a professional dancer on Strictly, including winning the Glitter Ball trophy with Holby City actor Joe McFadden in 2017.

The star also shared a selection of snaps on her Instagram Stories to inform her 203,000 followers about the emotional on-air moment.

She penned: “Today on It Takes Two there will be a segment about my Strictly journey so far.

“6 phenomenal years, 6 incredible partners.

“Every year has been special to my heart.

“I have made memories that I will cherish forever. I met some outstanding, legendary people and made friends for life.”

She continued: “I feel so blessed to be doing a job that I’m so passionate about.

“@bbcstrictly BBC TWO 6.30pm.

 

“Prepare for a lot of tears (of joy and gratitude).”

However, Katya’s emotional post seemed to have prompted confusion from some of her fans, who mistakenly believed she was bidding farewell to the series.

The dancer returned to her Instagram Stories to clarify that she wasn’t going anywhere.

Katya wrote: “No!!!!! I’m not leaving!!

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“Every pro does it at some point.

“It’s just a wonderful segment about the pros and their journeys.

“A moment of reminiscence and appreciation!”

During her segment on Strictly, Katya did get tearful, as she expected, while speaking about her relationship with former politician Ed Balls.

Back in 2016, Katya was partnered with Ed and they finished their stint on the show in sixth place.

She recalled on It Takes Two: “Week 10 we did our Tango and unfortunately it was the end of our journey.”

Becoming tearful, the dancer said: “I just remember, even now, how emotional it was because it didn’t matter how far we got, we’re still friends.

“He’s literally my father figure here in England. He’s a friend for life who I can call at any moment.”

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