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Nicola Adams and Katya Jones will reunite and dance in Strictly Come Dancing final

The pair who fell foul of the strict COVID guidelines will dance in the final, but out of competition.

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 contestants Nicola Adams and Katya Jones

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.

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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.

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