Jason Bell to return to Strictly Come Dancing after Nicola Adams exit? ‘How it has to be’

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Last week’s Strictly Come Dancing saw Jason Bell become the second star to be booted off the BBC series with his professional partner Luba Mushtuk. The pair faced Nicola Adams and Katya Jones in the dreaded dance-off but were sent home by judges Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas. However, after Nicola had to withdraw due to her dance partner testing positive for Covid-19, there has been speculation Jason could return to the series.

Jason’s Star Wars themed Paso Doble failed to impress the judges and viewers as he tumbled to the bottom of the leaderboard last week.

Nicola meanwhile was saved and preparing to tackle the American Smooth on Saturday evening.

However, with Katya testing positive for coronavirus, the Olympian was forced to withdraw.

Appearing on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Friday, Jason was asked if he’d step in to replace Nicola.

Unfortunately for fans of the American football star, it’s unlikely Jason will be putting on his dancing shoes again anytime soon.

He explained: “I don’t think that’s the rules.

“I loved the experience, I loved every second but… I got voted off and that’s how it has to be.”

Speaking about Nicola and Katya being dropped from the show, Jason added: “I’m really more gutted for them.

“I feel really sad because I know how much effort they put in to prepare to go out there and dance this week and I know everyone wants to go out there and perform and continue on this journey.

“But, we are in some trying times as a country, as a world with Covid, and it’s just astonishing Strictly has been able to put this show on under these circumstances.”

Following the news Nicola had to withdraw, it was revealed Motsi would also be missing from the Strictly ballroom this weekend.

The judge had to make a trip to Germany for an “urgent reason” so will be following government guidelines and isolating for 14 days.

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Motsi told her 49,000 Twitter followers she would be “watching from home and by the power of technology, should be in your living rooms”.

As a result, Anton du Beke will be stepping up and joining the judging panel.

The official Strictly Come Dancing Twitter account posted: “We are pleased to announce the King of Ballroom Anton du Beke is stepping into our judging panel this weekend. Good luck Anton!”

Fans of Strictly rushed to comment with many thrilled with his new appointment.

One viewer remarked: “Can definitely see Anton as a long- term judge.”

Another added: “Anton should be a permanent judge ! He’ll be fair and funny with oodles of experience, it should have happened a long time ago.”

“Great! What a lovely man he is, so happy for him!” a third shared.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday on BBC One at 7.10pm.

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