Who is Neil Jones? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 professional dancer and husband of Katya

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NEIL Jones is was a new dance pro on Strictly 2016 and now he’s back for the 2017 series

But what do we know about the tattooed ballroom bae? Here’s all the info you need…

 Neil says its a "massive honour" to do the show

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Neil says its a “massive honour” to do the show

Who is Neil Jones, how old is he and what is his background?

Neil Jones is a professional ballroom dancer working on Strictly Come Dancing for the BBC.

He’s British but was born in Munster, Germany and started dancing at a local ballet school at the age of three.

Neil has represented Finland, Holland and the UK during the course of his competitive career.

He also holds many titles including UK, British, Dutch, European and World Latin Champion.

On signing up to BBC’s Strictly in 2016, he he said: “As a British dancer I have grown up watching this amazing show, it is a massive honour…

“I am feeling pumped and excited to be part of the Strictly family.”

Is Neil single?

He joined the hit show Strictly with his dancer wife Katya, who danced with Ed Balls.

Katya and Neil first dated in 2008 after a chance meeting in Blackpool and they have been dancing together ever since.

The pair, who married in 2013, won the 2015 World Professional Latin Showdance Championship.

They are also four times undefeated British National Professional Champions.

Neil did not have a celebrity partner in 2016 and does not have one again this year.

Who are the other professional dancers?

There are three new pros joining the Strictly ranks for the 2017 series.

Ukrainian Nadiya Bychkova, 28, is joined by fellow newcomers Dianne Buswell, 28, from Australia and Amy Dowden, 26, from Wales.

The trio replace a number of departing professionals including Joanne Clifton who quit the popular show after winning the last series with Ore Oduba.

They will part of the team which sees returning dancers:

 Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton won Strictly Come Dancing last year

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Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton won Strictly Come Dancing last year

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

Take a look at who’s going to taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 201

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