The star, who is one of three dancers on the BBC1 programme to not have a partner, has aspirations to make the step up to the main show.
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But following the scandal — in which his wife, 29, was caught snogging partner Seann Walsh, 32, — he has told pals it has affected his chances.
On Sunday’s show he was pushed to the side in the opening number instead of dancing with his wife.
A show source said: “He’s keeping a dignified silence, but Neil is getting a bit annoyed now.
“He feels he’s the one being punished even though he’s the innocent party in all this. He is desperate to be a lead dancer, but sadly it looks like it is doing him no favours as he feels he’s being left out.
“The judges can see how Neil looks very downcast and embarrassed by it all, but frankly it was all his wife’s doing and yet he has been pushed to the back while she goes through to the next around.”
The married couple often dance together in pro routines, but instead they kept their distance on opposite sides of the dance floor.
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Instead Katya danced with Giovanni Pernice and Neil was partnered up with Amy Dowden for the raunchy number.
Yesterday we told how judge Craig Revel Horwood was angry backstage after the public let comic Seann stay in the competition.