FIERY dancer Katya Jones is returning to the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line up.
After pairing up in the show's first ever same-sex couple last year – until coronavirus forced her off the show after three weeks – Katya is back for Strictly's 2021 launch this evening.
Who is Katya Jones dating?
Since announcing her split from husband Neil Jones, Katya has kept her romantic life under wraps.
The Russian beauty has remained tight-lipped on who she is dating.
This comes after her very public tryst with Seann Walsh when the pair were spotted kissing in 2018 while partnered up on the hit BBC show.
On August 18, 2019 it was revealed that Katya and her husband Neil Jones had split – ten months after the Russian dancer was pictured kissing dance partner Seann Walsh.
The pair, who married in 2013, confirmed the break-up on Instagram.
In a joint statement, they said: "Hi everyone. As our fans and loyal supporters you are really important to us and so we wanted to let you know some news. After 11 years we have made the mutual decision to separate.
However, Katya recently revealed she had an impromptu sex session with a lover in the woods.
The Russian dancer said they romped in the open air as it was too uncomfortable to bonk on the back seat of their car.
Katya, 32, who split from fellow pro dancer Neil Jones in 2019, has also admitted using dating apps in the pandemic in her search for new love.
And asked if she’d had sex outside, she said: “I’ve crossed that one out . . . it was in the woods.
“We were driving and stopped and then . . . hiding behind the car. It’s uncomfortable in the car. I tried, but we went outside.”
Katya refused to name the ex involved, but of online apps she said: “How else would you date someone in a pandemic? But I hated it."
How did Katya Jones become famous?
Katya Jones, 32, is a pro dancer who was born Ekaterina Andreevna Sokolova in St Petersburg, Russia, to a Korean mother and Russian businessman father.
She started dancing when she was just six years old and then formed a partnership with her fellow dancer – and now ex-husband – Neil Jones in 2008.
Together they won the World Professional Latin Showdance Championships in 2015 – and they are also four times undefeated British National Professional Champions.
Then in 2016 she joined Strictly.
Ed Balls was Katya's first partner and they had a good run, making it through to week ten thanks to their comedy performances before being eliminated.
In 2017 she was crowned the Strictly champion with dance partner and actor Joe McFadden.
Who was Katya's Strictly 2020 celebrity partner?
Nicola Adams made Strictly Come Dancing history by becoming the first celebrity to perform in a same-sex pairing after being partnered with professional dancer Katya Jones.
The Olympic gold medallist and former boxer joined 11 other celebrity contestants for the launch of Strictly 2020 on October 17.
Ms Adams and Ms Jones took to the stage together for the first time to perform in a group routine.
Speaking of the show's historic pairing, Ms Jones said: "I think the beauty of this partnership is it's never been done before on Strictly so basically we are free to do what we want, there's no real rules."
The decision to include a same-sex couple in the competition follows a one-off routine from last year's series that saw two male professionals dance together.
The BBC defended the decision to have a same-sex pairing following complaints from some viewers.
The corporation said the show was "inclusive" and that it was "happy to facilitate" Ms Adams' request to dance with a woman.
What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on TV?
Strictly Come Dancing returns t0 BBC One tonight at 7.45pm.
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