Amongst other sources the Sunday People quotes friends of the couple who say that he has been sacked from Strictly after 8 years. The actual truth appears to be a little more subtle as what the BBC is believed to have done is not sack James but move him from a position as one of the main dance professionals who teaches the celebrities and offer him a role as a backing dancer.
Anyone who has seen James on Strictly or Strictly Takes Two will appreciate that this won’t have gone down too well with him to put it mildly. He is someone who can be described as having more than his fair share of self-confidence and it is likely that this sort of attitude will not have endeared him to the Strictly team. He has been quoted trashing members of the judging panel on more than one occasion and the Strictly view is that no one person is ever bigger than the show.
It is not the first time there has been a Strictly/Jordan fall-out as during the last series there was a problem between Ola and new pro dancer Karen Hauer who is said to have called the Polish beauty a “rubbish dancer”. This was resolved by the Strictly team although things are unlikely to ever be really friendly between the pair.
Ola is said to have been offered a large pay packet to appear in this year’s series of Strictly and must decide if she wants to keep her place on the show (and the cash) or shows her support for husband James by also leaving the show.
Ola is one of the show’s most popular dancers and there would be a lot of disappointed viewers if she decides her Strictly years are over. As we have seen with the departure of Flavia Cacace though the show will always carry on no matter what changes of personnel take place.
Still the biggest change for the show this next series is undoubtedly the recent departure of original host Sir Bruce Forsyth who has been replaced by Claudia Winkleman.
Once we know if we have either member of the Jordan household taking part in the 2014 Strictly contest we can get down to the serious business of speculating who will be in this years crop of Strictly celebrities.
So far no word of the alleged dispute appears on James or Ola’s Twitter pages or on their website.