Oti Mabuse and Katya Jones look electric in blue as they prepare for Strictly return

THE Strictly pros have very little to feel blue about as they head back to the competition floor.

Last year’s champ Oti Mabuse, 30, and Russian dancer Katya Jones,31, sparkled in turquoise and gold tassels at the photocall ahead of this Saturday’s launch show.

The show will see Oti perform a socially distanced dance with last year’s winner, actor Kelvin Fletcher, 36, before partnering up with comedian Bill Bailey, 55.

A show source said: “Kelvin and Oti can’t get anywhere near as close as they are used to because of the danger of infection, which would throw a huge spanner in the works.

"But viewers will be intrigued to see how it will work. The show’s creative team have all sorts of tricks up their sleeve.

“These include potentially using a perspex screen between the dancers, as on some of Strictly’s counterparts in other countries.”

And Katya forms part of the BBC1 hit’s first same sex couple, with pro boxer Nicola Adams, 37.

Executive producer Sarah James said: “It’s wonderful to welcome back so many talented individuals within this year’s line-up of professional dancers.

“They are each at the top of their game and as a cast are simply incredible.”





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