Nicola Adams and Katya Jones will get to dance in the Strictly Come Dancing final, albeit not in the competition proper. Instead they will perform as guests, with a dance they’ve not attempted previously.
Nicola and Katya were forced to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing after Week Three, when the professional dancer returned a positive COVID-19 test and they both had to isolate.
A jubilant Katya revealed to Rylan Clark-Neal on Strictly It Takes Two: “It’s definitely something we haven’t done before. We just want to really leave with a bang and leave people with that memory of us dancing together… [It’s] just what we want to do.”
The duo explained how they reacted when Katya was told her test was positive.
Katya said: “Nothing went through my mind. The tears just went streaming down my face instantly and I just kept asking, ‘Can Nicola carry on?’ That’s all I wanted for her.”
But she accepted they had to leave Strictly: “Hey, we’re doing our part and everybody’s being kept safe and these are the rules. Of course I was gutted, absolutely heartbroken.”
Nicola and Katya had been strong contenders in this year’s competition and will be remembered for breaking new ground as Strictly’s first ever same-sex couple.
At the time of their exit Nicola said she was “absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for!”
She added, about the isolation period: “It’s been really difficult. You know the movie Castaway… I needed a little Wilson.”
Katya, who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 with actor Joe McFadden, said she had been asymptomatic from day one.
Nicola continued: “It was horrible. I just felt sorry for Katya because I knew she was going to blame herself. It’s one of those things…”
Katya interjected: “Are you blaming me!”
Nicola replied: “No!… I didn’t want her to blame herself. It wasn’t her fault and I never saw it that way.”
The Strictly Come Dancing final will screen on BBC One on Saturday 19th December.