Strictly Come Dancing: Neil Jones triumphantly RETURNS to the show as he dances the jive with Alex Scott… as Motsi Mabuse compares her two weeks with Kevin Clifton to an AFFAIR
Strictly Come Dancing pro Neil Jones finally made his return to the dancefloor on Saturday after being forced to miss two weeks with injury.
The British pro stormed the floor as he danced the jive with Alex Scott to Let’s Twist Again by Chubby Checker.
It came as the remaining eight couples took to the floor to earn enough votes to make it to the famed Tower Ballroom.
He’s back! Strictly Come Dancing pro Neil Jones finally made his return to the dancefloor on Saturday after being forced to miss two weeks with injury
Alex and Neil completed their routine to a thunderous reception from the audience, including stand-in pro Kevin Clifton, who proudly cheered the pair from the balcony.
The couple also earned praise from the judging panel, which Motsi Mabuse comparing Alex’s change in partners to an ‘affair.’
She added: ‘I feel like we’re seeing a new couple that we knew but then somebody had an affair but now the light is back on.
‘You guys feel fresh, young jolly, you know what I mean so actually, I love the improvement in your body I felt it was very compact. No awkward moments you were always in the dance. It’s happening.’
Grand return: The British pro stormed the floor as he danced the jive with Alex Scott to Let’s Twist Again by Chubby Checker, after being given the go-ahead by physio to perform
Head judge Shirley Ballas added: ‘I thought you did very very well, Alex you had some really nice short connections you were light on your feet.
‘You do look like you’re having the time of your life every single step you’re giving us reassurance that you need to stay in the competition.’
Alex and Neil’s routine was reflected with a respectable score of 31 points out of 40.
Dynamic: For two weeks Alex danced with stand-in pro Kevin Clifton, who was proudly cheering on the pair during the live show
Strictly Week 8 – Leaderboard
Alex Scott and Neil Jones – Jive, ‘Let’s Twist Again’ by Chubby Checker – 31 points out of 40
Emma Barton and Anton du Beke – Couples’ Choice (Theatre/Jazz), ‘Right Now’ by the Pussycat Dolls
Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice – American Smooth, ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’ by Etta James
Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard – Waltz, ‘Your Song’ by Ellie Goulding
Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer – Tango, ‘Survivor’ by 2wei
Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden – Viennese Waltz, ‘Give Me Love’ by Ed Sheeran
Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse – Salsa, ‘Let’s Hear It for the Boy’ by Deniece Williams
Mike Bushell and Katya Jones – Paso Doble, ‘Tamacun’ by Rodrigo y Gabriela – 25 points out of 40
On Friday Neil confirmed that he would be returning to the Strictly dancefloor, after being given the go-ahead by the show’s physio.
Speaking on It Takes Two Alex said: ‘I now know who I’m dancing with. Are you ready? Shall we bring him in? It is … I am dancing with, my normal partner Neil Jones! He is back, yes.’
And Neil added: ‘It’s great to be back. She’s been doing so well every week, and Kevin I have to say thank you, because Kevin has been there all the way and he’s been great this week. We couldn’t had done it without him.’
Sweet: Alex and Neil’s chemistry was once again praised, as Motsi added that it felt like they were seeing a ‘new couple’ on the floor
Their appearance comes after Neil told a fan on Twitter that he wouldn’t know until Friday whether he is fit enough to perform with Alex during the live show.
Replying to a follower on social media on Wednesday, Neil said: ‘Hey no it’s just with my injury I need to be 100% fit and I will only know this on Friday when back in with the physio but trust me I want to be back.’
On Monday, Neil told fans it’s looking ‘positive’ he will return to Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday to dance with his partner Alex.
The professional dancer has been out of action for two weeks after he injured his calf moments before Saturday’s November 1 live show.
At the time, Neil took to Twitter to reveal he was back in rehearsals and answered fans fears over his future in the competition.
Neil had been unable to compete alongside Alex after getting a grade one strain in his calf, which meant he needed to use crutches until he was fully healed.
Mike Bushell and Katya Jones were hoping to bounce back from the dance-off last week, with a traditional Paso Doble to Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela.