Seann Walsh kiss headlines were an overreaction, say 'Strictly' pros Neil and Katya Jones
The media storm around Seann Walsh kissing his married Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones was a result of people who “overreacted”, Katya and her husband have said six months on.
The duo were pictured kissing during their time dancing together on the show, despite both being in relationships at the time.
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Katya is married to fellow Strictly professional Neil Jones, while Walsh was in a relationship with actress Rebecca Humphries, who split from the stand-up comedian after the scandal erupted.
The 29-year-old dancer, who was born in Slovakia, told Lorraine Kelly: “I didn’t realise the scale it was going to be… so sort of hyped up. It was quite shocking really.
“It was really shocking, but I just tried not to look on the outside, we were just trying to keep it all together here.”
Kelly branded Katya a “dafty” for kissing the 33-year-old comedian and suggested to Neil that the scandal must have been “really embarrassing”.
Neil said that he felt people “overreacted” to what had happened and said he was “more worried for Katya” than about anything else when the media attention intensified.
Katya added: “Even the fact that we’re still talking about it. It’s like, we’re over it, I think everyone else is over it, let’s just move on.”
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Katya and Walsh were eliminated in the sixth week of the show after performing a Viennese Waltz to I Put a Spell on You.
She won the show in 2017 with Holby City actor Joe McFadden as her partner.