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Thursday 27th February 2020

Strictly Come Dancing's Neil Jones confirms he WILL return to tonight's live show with Alex Scott

His comeback had hung in the balance

Neil Jones has confirmed he will be returning to Strictly Come Dancing tonight (09.11.19) with his partner Alex Scott.

Neil, 37, dramatically pulled out of the Halloween live show with just 45 minutes to spare last month after suffering a painful leg injury in rehearsals.

Neil Jones has confirmed his return to Strictly Come Dancing (Credit: BBC)

Fellow professional Kevin Clifton had to step in and partner with former footballer Alex for her Ghostbusters-themed Halloween performance, before again partnering with her on the show last week.

News on whether Neil would be fit enough to return to the show tonight has been hanging in the balance for days, but he has finally been given the all-clear by physiotherapists.

Kevin Clifton has been partnering Alex since Neil's injury (Credit: BBC)

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Last night, Alex confirmed her partner's comeback on Strictly's spin-off show It Takes Two, saying: "I now know who I'll be dancing with. Are you ready?!"

I'm dancing with my normal partner Neil Jones! He is back.

Beckoning Neil to join her on camera, she continued: "I'm dancing with my normal partner Neil Jones! He is back."

Asked if it is nice to back, Neil smiled: "It's great to be back. [Alex has] been doing so well every week and, Kevin, I have to say thank you.

"Kevin has been there all the way and he has been great this week. We couldn't have done it without him."

Alex and Neil will be performing a jive when Neil makes his return to the dance floor tonight.

Sharing a cute picture of himself and Alex in rehearsals, the pro has told his Instagram followers: "I've been having fun with @alexscott2 from day one and I can't wait to continue having fun and enjoying our dances together.

"Today, I feeling like twisting. Don't forget to tune in at 18:40 on @bbcone for @bbcstrictly."

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Meanwhile, while the remaining class of 2019 are focusing on this year's competition, a group of familiar faces are preparing to return to Strictly for this year's Christmas special.

Among the six celebrities taking part in the festive spin-off are 2014 contestant Mark Wright, last year's runner-up Joe Sugg and 2017's Gemma Atkinson, who now has a four-month-old daughter with Strictly pro Gorka Marquez.

Judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will be dishing out the scores, while the names of the six professional partners taking part will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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