Strictly Couple Forced to Leave the Show After Positive COVID Test

Jess Lee
·3-min read
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

From Women's Health

Strictly Come Dancing's Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have exited the competition, following a positive coronavirus test.

The BBC confirmed that Katya, who is asymptomatic, has tested positive for COVID-19. The pair are self-isolating separately, in line with the latest government guidelines.

The departure of the first same-sex competing couple in the show's history comes after the BBC clarified before the live shows began that anyone who contracts the virus during the competition would be removed.

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

'Hey guys! I'm absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon,' Nicola said.

'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 newfound free time when I'm not gaming!"

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

Professional dancer Katya, meanwhile, was full of praise for the double Olympic gold medal-winning boxer.

'Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration," she said. "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!'

The show's executive producer, Sarah James, expressed sympathies for Nicola and Katya, but added that it may not necessarily be the last time viewers will see them together, even though they are no longer competing.

Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC
Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC

'We'd like to thank them for their commitment, and although their time in the competition has sadly come to an end, we are hopeful that there will be opportunities for them to dance again in the future,' she said.

The BBC also confirmed that the rest of the cast are 'unaffected' with this weekend's show continuing as planned.

Nicola and Katya had made it through to the fourth week of the competition, after surviving a dance-off against Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk during Movie Week.

They were set to perform an American Smooth to Ben E King's 'Stand by Me' this Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday (November 14) on BBC One. Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, hosted by Zoe Ball and Rylan Clark-Neal, airs Mondays through Fridays at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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