Strictly Come Dancing pro Neil Jones ‘misses out on celeb partner for sixth year’ ahead of first baby’s birth
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 03
Neil Jones is said to be missing out on a partner once again (Picture: Getty)

pro is reportedly ‘gutted’ after missing out on a celebrity partner for another year.

The ballroom star, 41, signed to the show in 2016 but has had just two celeb partners: , who finished fifth in series 17, and , who finished 15th in series 19.

It now looks like Neil is set to miss out on being in a couple for the sixth year and will only appear in the group dances, despite previous speculation that

Despite being understandably disappointed, however, Neil is believed to have shrugged off the matter, as he’s set to become a dad later this year.

Neil – who was previously married to – with Love Island’s , 24, with her arrival

A source told : ‘Of course it’s disappointing, but Neil feels like he’s won the lottery at the moment, so he won’t be sweating it too much.

Neil is awaiting the arrival of his first child with Chyna Mills (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

‘He and Chyna can’t wait to welcome their new arrival, and at least his lesser role in this years’ series means he will be able to be more hands-on.’

While the BBC declined to comment when contacted by, they assured that this year’s later in the month when

Taking part this year are Amanda Abbington, Bobby Brazier, Les Dennis, Angela Rippon, and Zara McDermott, to name just a few.

Of course, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are while Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, and Anton Du Beke return to judge and dish out those 10s – hopefully!

And while fans of Neil will be playing Where’s Wally? trying to single him out in group numbers, the dancer will undoubtedly have a lot on his mind.

With the arrival of his first child imminent, a plan has actually been put in place in case Chyna goes into labour while Strictly is on air.

Neil has only had two celebrity partners in the past, with his most recent being Nina Wadia (Picture: PA)
Neil will reportedly only appear in the group routines this series (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Neil told that he’s urged his other half to ‘hold on as long as she can.’

‘Chyna is ready to pop – she’s raring to go,’ he said.

‘We’re not sure when it’s going to happen but if it’s during a live show, we’re prepared for that.

‘It would be ideal if it happened when I had some time off, but I’m buzzing with anticipation.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One and iPlayer later this month.