Jayde Adams described her time on Strictly Come Dancing as the “best thing I’ve ever done in my life” as she became the fourth celebrity to leave the show after a night celebrating the BBC’s 100th anniversary.
After Saturday’s special show that marked the broadcaster’s 100th anniversary with the routines of classic BBC theme songs, the 37-year-old comedian found herself in the dreaded prom against singer and actress Molly Rainford.
Adams and his professional partner Karen Hauer reprized their Charleston in the comedy song The Ballad Of Barry And Freda (Let’s Do It), which was written and performed by fellow comedian Victoria Wood.
During Saturday’s show, the routine had secured them a score of 28, with Judge Motsi Mabuse telling Adams she was “one of the best” performers, but felt her dance moves needed to be improved at this stage of the performance. competition.
While Rainford and his partner Carlos Gu, who previously scored the highest score in the competition so far, again danced their couples’ chosen routine to the Grange Hill themed tune, which Judge Anton Du Beke had described as a ‘safe’ option in the live show.
After both couples danced for the second time, it was a unanimous decision of the judges to save Rainford by sending Adams to pack.
Craig Revel Horwood explained that his choice was based on technical skill, while Du Beke felt that Rainford and Gu had a “slightly more refined technique”.
Motsi added: “Well I thought you were both brilliant, I thought both performances were better on a Saturday night, but I will save Molly and Carlos.”
With three votes to Rainford and Gu, it meant they had won the majority vote and would remain in the competition, however, Chief Judge Shirley Ballas also said she would decide to save the couple.
He said: “Well, both of them were absolutely brilliant in the dance, but with a little more precision and quality of movement, I would have saved Molly and Carlos.”
Reflecting on her time on the show, Adams said, “This was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life and I’ll take it to my grave, and it’s been a real pleasure working with you (Karen) and learning about her so much. that will go into my things, into my own work.
“You are one of the most gifted people I’ve ever worked with with Karen.
“And everyone on this show told me, when I had you, they said ‘you have the best’, sorry everyone, and I did and you are amazing and that was such an honor.
“Not only do I have to participate in Strictly Come Dancing, but I also have to have Karen Hauer, you are fantastic, thanks for everything!”
He continued: “I’ve done shows before, and nothing compares to the way this show is run.
“It’s an amazing thing to be part of an artist, we’re so well looked after and in this industry where so many people aren’t being followed, this show is amazing, congratulations to everyone.”
Hauer also praised his partner, saying, “It has been a roller coaster of emotions for us, and you are so special, so powerful, so emotional and I have loved every second. Thanks Jayde.
Adams and Hauer were one of two same-sex couples on the show this year, along with BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice, who were the second couple to be excluded from the competition.
The comedian and dancer are also the second female gay couple on the show, as Katya Jones was paired with Olympic gold medal boxer Nicola Adams in 2020.
The show of results opened with a heartwarming routine by professional dancers in homage to the BBC’s natural history programming.
There was also a performance by Becky Hill who sang a medley of her hit singles Crazy What Love Can Do, My Heart Goes (De De Da) and Remember.
Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday 29 October at 6:50 pm for its Halloween special, with the results broadcast Sunday 30 October at 7:20 pm on BBC One.