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Joe McFadden ‘jealous’ of Katya Jones’ future Strictly partners

The dancing star also said he got a cold right after his Strictly win.

Strictly Come Dancing champion Joe McFadden has said his dance partner Katya Jones deserved to win the show and that he is “jealous” of her future celebrity co-stars.

Their win during the live final marked the first time professional dancer Jones, who was last year partnered with Ed Balls, had triumphed on the series.

McFadden told ITV’s Lorraine: “(Jones) is unbelievable, she was so happy and I’m so happy for her because she literally dragged me through kicking and screaming, and she’s amazing.”

He said the dances devised by Jones were “just the perfect routines at the perfect time” and that said her impressive dress change during their showdance during the live final was “like magic in front of your eyes”.

Speaking of the couple’s memorable lever-style lift from the semi-final, McFadden said: “She’s so good at those iconic moves and bringing out the right thing at the right time.”

The Holby City actor said, of Jones’ future on the show: “I’m jealous of all the partners she is going to have because they’re all going to do well.

“She wouldn’t have it any other way, she really wouldn’t. And she comes up with these iconic moves.”

Referring to one of her stand-out dances from last year’s series with Balls, he added: “You know, Gangnam Style – people are always going to be talking about Gangnam Style.”

He said he was nervous about performing the daring leverage-style lift because it had not gone to plan during the dress rehearsal hours earlier, but that Jones had assured him they would be fine.

“It was one of those moves that we were like, is this going to be OK?” he said.

“And in the rehearsal in the afternoon, we had a bad dress rehearsal. She’d put heels on for the first time and our balance was all over the place, and she was like, ‘no, the adrenaline will kick in and we’ll get there’ and she was right.

“She’s always right that girl.”

He said the first “two or three weeks, the fear was white, white fear” on Strictly.

“I thought, ‘I can’t do this’, and then they announce your name and you think, you need to dance live in front of all of these people.

“Katya was good, she’d grab my hand and be like, ‘we know the steps, just go out and do it’.”

McFadden, who became the oldest Strictly winner in the show’s history at 42, also said that he was unable to enjoy the wrap party because he fell ill after the final.

“There was a little bit of a party Saturday night,” he said.

“The four finalists were all so exhausted; I don’t think we partied very hard.

“And I of course had the obligatory cold which descended instantly, the second I won.”

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