Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Jones admits Twitter trolls made this series ‘hard’

Katie Rosseinsky
BBC

Katya Jones has spoken out about the “hard days” she experienced during this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing after being trolled on social media.

The Russian professional dancer, 30, split from her husband and co-star Neil Jones, 37, earlier this year after six years of marriage and 11 years together.

On Sunday night, she and celebrity partner Mike Bushell, 53, were axed from the show after the BBC sports presenter failed to win over the judges during a dance-off against Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice.

Katya applauded Bushell’s resolve, after he ended up in the bottom two for the third week running.

Digital detox: Jones said she ended up deleting Twitter to avoid the negativity (BBC)

However, she admitted she had suffered at the hands of trolls.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, she said: “You (Bushell) were absolutely brilliant about it and, no matter what, he came in every Monday smiling and just like ‘Right, I have got to put another fight on.’

“He was absolutely brilliant. And, of course, there has been in the beginning quite a few… there were hard days, wasn’t it?

Improvement: Jones praised her partner's performance on the show (BBC/Guy Levy)

“Just people saying things. So I just deleted the Twitter and that was brilliant after that.

“When it’s not in front of you it doesn’t exist so I just got rid of it.”

Neil was forced to miss two live shows because of an injury, and fellow professional Kevin Clifton stepped in to dance with former Lioness Alex Scott.

Bushell, who presents sport on BBC Breakfast on Fridays and at weekends, said viewers would have to wait a little longer before he returned to their screens.

He said he intended to keep dancing and had work to do before embarking on the show’s live tour.

He said: “I’m still not going to be on Breakfast for a long time.

“The Strictly journey for now is not really over because we have to all go back for the Christmas special and the final. We have to learn group dances for the final.

“I have got to keep training because the tour starts in January and it’s four weeks on the road where we are doing two dances plus three group dances.

“So I can’t let up now. I have to keep in this shape, keep dancing, I’m going to be practising while Katya is in Blackpool. Well, I will be supporting in Blackpool.

“Any moment I have got I will be trying to keep those dances in my head.”

He added: “I will definitely be signing up to the local group.”

However, he joked that the teachers there might not be up to “Katya’s standard”.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday.

With additional reporting by Press Association.

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