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Strictly's Kevin Clifton picked as Neil Jones' replacement because 'Gorka was getting coffee'

Viewers questioned why Gorka wasn't chosen

Last weekend, Strictly Come Dancing's Kevin Clifton was chosen to stand in for Neil Jones after the pro dancer injured himself during training.

At the time, many fans questioned why Gorka Marquez hadn't been chosen, and it's now been claimed it's because he 'went to get coffee'.

According to The Mirror, because Neil pulled out with less than an hour before the show went live, they had to grab the first dancer who was available.

It would have been Gorka but he'd gone out for coffee and with 45 minutes to go, it needed to be the fastest option.
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An insider reportedly told the publication that this was Kevin, who was voted off in the third week with partner Anneka Rice.

The source said: "It would have been Gorka but he'd gone out for coffee and with 45 minutes to go, it needed to be the fastest option.

"Kevin was there, it was literally a case of grabbing the nearest person so he got the gig."

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Kevin will be stepping in for Neil again on tonight's show, with the source adding: "Now it seems unfair to swap partners again, so Kevin will dance with Alex for the second time."

ED! has contacted the BBC for comment.

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Gorka, who missed out on a celebrity partner this year, made no secret of the fact he was disappointed he didn't get picked to dance with Alex.

While last week's show was on, he retweeted a series of messages from Strictly fans who said he would have made a perfect replacement.

One read: "@gorkamarquez1 Such a shame you couldn't help out Alex tonight! Loved seeing you in @HeresTheBoys at Hull."

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A second retweet said: "Should have been Gorks, not King Kev."

And a third put: "For real @gorkamarquez1 would have been PERFECT to dance with Alex tonight since Neil couldn't due to injury! Safe to say, Gorka deserves a lot of appreciation!"

A fourth wrote: "Really missing @gorkamarquez1 having a partner on this year's Strictly. Also, surely if someone is injured he should be the stand-in? Not someone who has already had a partner and been voted out?"

ED has reached out to Strictly for comment.

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