It’s official, we hate 2020 💔
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA BBC
After a historic move in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, which saw the first ever same-sex pairing compete on the show, Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have now been forced to pull out due to Katya contracting Coronavirus.
The pair won’t be permitted to join the series again and must now stay isolated until later this month – with both admitting they were “totally gutted” to be leaving.
It is believed that Katya has tested positive despite showing any symptoms, while Nicola has tested negative.
Katya will have to self-isolate for 10 days in line with government restrictions, while Nicola must stay in quarantine for 14 days as she has been in direct contact with Katya.
After just three performances, the pair found themselves in the dreaded dance-off just last week, after failing to impress with their Grease inspired performance.
Speaking of their shock exit, Nicola said: “Hey guys! I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for! But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for. She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience.”
“I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help. I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!”
Katya added: “Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She’s given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition.
“Of course, I’m devastated to leave this way but I’ve made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I’d like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples!”
Their journey might have to end here, but let’s hope that won’t be the end to same-sex pairings and LGBTQI representation on the show. 🌈
Strictly Come Dancing will continue to air this Sunday on BBC One.