Strictly Come Dancing professional Neil Jones has called for a more inclusive cast of celebrity contestants.

The professional dancer, 38, is due to return for the next series of the show and is keen to have contestants who use wheelchairs or are hard of hearing on the show.

Speaking on Fubar Radio to hosts hosts Stephen Leng and Joanna Chimonides, Neil revealed his hopes for Strictly Come Dancing 2020.

"I did say this year that I’d be really up for if they brought in like wheelchair dancing," he said, "or someone hard of hearing, or something like that."

Neil explained this was because he thinks the show should "open up dancing to more people."

Strictly star Neil Jones had discussed Strictly Come Dancing's return

However, considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, will the Saturday night TV favourite be back on our screens this year? And, if so, how will its production work if the need for social distancing remains?

He revealed: "I think it’s going to go ahead, but it’s all about how it’s going to work.

"It’s going to be pretty hard to dance with someone two metres away.

"I think we’re going to have a meeting soon and then we’re just going to find out what is going on."

Neil with Alex Scott on last year's series

However, the dancer feels the show will be a much needed tonic for viewers in these uncertain times.

"I think it’s one of these shows where the country needs it, he added. "Even if we’re still stuck in isolation, the country wants to see a TV show like that."

Neil split from his wife and Strictly Come Dancing co-star Katya Jones in August last year after six years of marriage.

Neil and Katya's marriage was rocked to the core by the cheating scandal and they only remained together for a further 10 months

This followed a highly publicised scandal where she was photographed kissing her 2018 celebrity partner Seann Walsh, leading to both apologising for their conduct.

A statement following Neil and Katya's split affirmed their continued friendship and work on the show.

Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at [email protected] or call us direct 0207 29 33033