Strictly’s Katya Jones shares tears as she bids ‘sad’ farewell to co-s

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Katya Jones, 33, took to Instagram last night as she reacted to James Bye and Amy Dowden’s elimination from Strictly Come Dancing. The professional dancer admitted she was “so sad” to be parting ways with the pair as she praised them for their hard work.

Sharing a smiley selfie of the dance couple, Katya penned: “So sad to lose this gorgeous pair!” alongside a crying emoji.

She added: “You did yourselves and your families proud!”

Last night’s elimination showed James’ emotional side, with the EastEnders star unable to contain his tears as host Tess Daly mentioned him dancing for his children.

“I’ve said this from the very beginning, all I can do is go out there and do my very best,” James told the host.

“I am dancing against Fleur East, I went and did my best but she is phenomenal.

“I’ve had the best time on this show and I have a friend for life [in Amy]. All I can do is thank the family, and I have a new family now,” James added.

“You said when you came to us that you had two priorities, one was to have fun and one was to make your three boys proud,” Tess replied.

“Don’t say that, Tess,” James pleaded before breaking down in tears.

“You have done that,” the host continued as James added: “Don’t say that…”

He later added: “It’s a competition but you don’t feel like that backstage, you honestly feel like everyone has each other’s backs and everyone is just willing everyone to do their best.”

Turning to Amy, the dance pro said: “You came on here to show your boys they can throw themselves into any challenge in life, and you are the best role model they could ever have as their daddy!”

“I am so proud of you,” she added to an emotional James.

James was sent home by the judges on Sunday night after landing in the bottom two alongside Fleur East.

In the dance-off, James and Amy performed their Charleston to Bumble Bee by LaVern Baker, while Fleur and Vito Coppola danced Salsa to Break My Soul by Beyoncé.

However, after both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts.

Craig Revel Horwood said: “Well, it’s my responsibility to save the better dancer and the better dancer tonight for me was Fleur and Vito.”

“For me, there were different levels of dancing on the dance floor, and I have decided to save Fleur and Vito,” Motsi Mabuse added.

While Anton du Beke chipped in: “I thought both couples danced better on Saturday night.

“They didn’t reproduce their best performance, but it doesn’t have to be the best performance, it has to be better and I thought their performance was just good enough. Fleur and Vito.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 7pm.

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