Strictly Come Dancing viewers issue same complaint after 2023 launch show pairings

Strictly Come Dancing 2023 celebrity and professional pairings
Strictly Come Dancing 2023 celebrity and professional pairings (Guy Levy)

Strictly Come Dancing fans have made the same complaint after the show revealed this year's pairings during the launch show on Saturday.

After the episode aired on BBC One, the show's official Instagram account shared a clip from the incredible group number, which saw the celebrities and their dance partners take to the ballroom floor for the first time.

The caption read: "Our 15 fabulous couples! #Strictly 2023 is on!"

Celebrities during Strictly 2023 launch
This year's celebrity line-up (Guy Levy)

While many viewers expressed their excitement over the newly announced couples, others were disappointed to see that pro dancer Neil Jones wasn't paired up with a celebrity.

Taking to the comments section, one person wrote: "Why doesn't Neil have a partner again! It's such a shame," while another added: "Some amazing pairings, but gutted Neil didn't get a partner again."

Karen Hauer places a hand on Neil Jones' stomach during Strictly rehearsals
Neil isn't paired with a celebrity partner this year

A third fan commented: "Loved it as usual. Just wish Neil had a partner x."

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Neil, 41, first joined Strictly back in 2016 and during his seven years on the show has been partnered with a celebrity contestant twice. He first took part in the competition in series 17, when he was paired with former professional footballer Alex Scott. Then in 2021, he danced with EastEnders star Nina Wadia.

Lauren Oakley performing with Anton Du Beke and Neil Jones
Neil Jones performing with Lauren Oakley, Anton Du Beke and Kai Widdrington during the launch show (BBC)

The dancer has previously opened up about what he gets up to when he's not teamed up with a celebrity contestant.

"I would honestly say to you, I love when I have a partner, and I love when I don’t have a partner," he told

"When you don't have a partner, a lot of people think you just sit at home. But you really don't. 

"On Strictly, they make sure you've got plenty to do. We're doing group numbers and music acts, we help out other pros," he added.

While Neil hasn't been partnered with a celebrity for the 2023 show, he's set to become very busy in his personal life in the coming weeks.

Chyna Mills and Neil Jones smiling together in front of a balloon wall
Neil is expecting his first child with his fiancée Chyna Mills (Ricky Vigil M / Justin E Palmer)

The BBC star is expecting his first child with his fiancée, model and former Love Island contestant Chyna Mills, with the due date just around the corner.

Back in June, Neil and Chyna sat down with HELLO! for an exclusive interview and revealed that they were expecting a little girl.

Strictly's Neil Jones poses with his pregnant love Chyna Mills
Neil and Chyna are having a baby girl

The couple made the announcement in a video filmed at the London Palladium during the Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour, and were joined by Neil's co-stars, Dianne BuswellGorka Marquez, Vito Coppola, Carlo Gu, Karen Hauer, Nikita Kuzmin, Luba Mushtuk, Nancy Xu and Jowita Przystal. Watch the special announcement in the video below.

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On preparing for fatherhood, Neil said: "My outlook on life has changed. It’s not just about me anymore – I need to take care of two people.

"Gorka (Marquez) tells me how great it is," the dancer said of his co-star, who has a four-year-old daughter Mia with fiancée Gemma Atkinson, and recently welcomed a baby boy named Thiago. "People also keep warning me I won't get any sleep. As a dancer I'm used to that!"

Every Strictly Come Dancing winner so far

  • 2004: Natisha Kaplinsky (partner Brendan Cole)

  • 2004: Jill Halfpenny (partner Darren Bennett)

  • 2005: Darren Gough (partner Lilia Kopylova)

  • 2006: Mark Ramprakash (partner Karen Hardy)

  • 2007: Alesha Dixon (partner Matthew Cutler)

  • 2008: Tom Chambers (partner Camilla Dallerup)

  • 2009: Chris Hollins (partner Ola Jordan)

  • 2010: Kara Tointon (partner Artem Chigvintsev)

  • 2011: Harry Judd (partner Aliona Vilani)

  • 2012: Louis Smith (partner Flavia Cacace)

  • 2013: Abbey Clancy (partner Aljaž Škorjanec)

  • 2014: Caroline Flack (partner Pasha Kovalev)

  • 2015: Jay McGuiness (partner Aliona Vilani)

  • 2016: Ore Oduba (partner Joanne Clifton)

  • 2017: Joe McFadden (partner Katya Jones)

  • 2018: Stacey Dooley (partner Kevin Clifton)

  • 2019: Kelvin Fletcher (partner Oti Mabuse)

  • 2020: Bill Bailey (partner Oti Mabuse)

  • 2021: Rose Ayling-Ellis (partner Giovanni Pernice)

  • 2022: Hamza Yassin (partner Jowita Przystał)