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Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Jones’s cowgirl routine deemed ‘full horror’

She has been partnered with sports presenter Mike Bushell.


Katya Jones and Mike Bushell (Guy Levy/BBC)

Katya Jones and Mike Bushell (Guy Levy/BBC)

Katya Jones and Mike Bushell (Guy Levy/BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Jones and her celebrity partner raised eyebrows after delivering “full horror” with a routine on the BBC show.

Sports presenter Mike Bushell, 53, and professional dancer Jones, 30, performed the American Smooth while wearing cowboy and cowgirl outfits.

Jones admitted it was a “risky routine”, which ended with Bushell eating a banana.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said: “It looked like country and western line dancing”, but she added: “I do enjoy watching you.”

Bruno Tonioli quipped: “It’s like a psychotic cliffhanger… No more of this, I don’t think I can take it”.

And he added: “A bit of dancing next time, don’t go for full horror.”

Craig Revel Horwood said it was “very, very odd” and the couple got 14 points.

Viewers had a mixed reaction.

@Angel_lady wrote on Twitter: “Mike Bushell. He was canny last week but I feel he was the joke act this week”.

But @LFC_6_Woo wrote: “Katya Jones is amazing… She does everything to give her partners great dances. She deserves a proper ability partner next year.”

Jones was last year partnered with comedian Seann Walsh on the show, with the pair sparking controversy when they were spotted kissing in the street.

PA Media