Strictly’s Katya Jones celebrates ‘gorgeous champ’ Joe McFadden’s birthday two years after they won show

Strictly’s Katya Jones celebrates ‘gorgeous champ’ Joe McFadden’s birthday (Picture: Getty Images)

Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Jones has celebrated Joe McFadden’s birthday, two whole years after the duo won the show.

The stars first met on the BBC dance competition, and it looks as though they’re still in touch.

Taking to Instagram, the professional shared a series of pictures of themselves on the ballroom floor as she celebrated her pal’s day.

The 30-year-old wrote in the caption: ‘Happy birthday to my gorgeous champ @mrjoemcfadden!

‘This time two years ago we were learning chachacha, which didn’t go so well. And look at you now starting in the massive musical, dancing in heels on stage!!!’

She added: ‘So so proud of you!!! Lots of love!’ Followed by the hashtags: ‘#dancing #strictly #strictlycomedancing #joemcfadden.’

They won the competition two years ago (Picture: BBC)

Katya then shared another post in her story with her new celebrity partner as she wished the birthday boy well.

Sharing her message, Joe wrote alongside the clip: ‘Thanks, you absolute stars.’

Sports presenter Mike Bushell is now learning from the pro and managed to make it through to next week’s episode despite Katya suffering from a number of falls.

The star was performing a raunchy dance to The Weather Girls’ It’s Raining Men with the journalist but one move went a little bit wrong.

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She is now paired up with Mike Bushell (Picture: PA)

After a lovely spin and following Mike across the studio, Katya dropped to the floor – with some fans assuming Mike was meant to be there to catch her.

But it turns out Katya had tripped, and the judges were not impressed.

‘It wasn’t quite magic, it was nearly tragic in parts,’ Bruno Tonioli asserted.

However, Katya stood by her student and protested: ‘It wasn’t his fault!’

After the performance, she reassured her fans that everything was okay, and tweeted: ‘Guys! I’m totally fine! No idea what happened. So sorry. But so proud of @mikebreakfast for carrying on and delivering “the dolphin”!’

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.

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