Strictly: Adam Thomas makes speech as he leaves the show
Strictly Come Dancing’s James Jordan has angrily claimed that Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk were “stitched up” over their exit from the BBC competition.
On Sunday, Adam, 35, became the latest celebrity to leave the show after the judges opted to save Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington.
However, former Strictly pro James, 45, believes that Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke may have sent the incorrect dancer home.
Speaking on his YouTube show: Strictly the Truth with Hello! Magazine, the star said: “This was a unanimous decision. Every single judge said they would have saved Angela. Now, did they do that to almost justify the decision?
“Have they kind of gone, ‘Okay, all four of us do it because then we can say that is what it is?’ I don’t know, because when I watched it, I would have saved Adam.”
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James continued to claim that he believed the quartet originally scored the dances incorrectly on Saturday evening.
“You had Ellie [Taylor], Layton [Williams], Annabelle [Croft] and Nigel [Harman] in the top four… Bobby [Brazier], bang in the middle.
“Then they had Krishnan [Guru-Murthy] on 29 points, then Angela and Kai on 28, and then joint at the bottom of the leaderboard were Angela [Scanlon] and Carlos, and Adam and Luba. For me, they got that totally wrong.”
He went on to say that the Waterloo Road actor was “clearly better” than the bottom four, before stating that Krishnan, 53, should have been “bottom of the leaderboard”.
James also gave credit for Luba’s week seven choreography, as he “really enjoyed” their Rumba to ‘Dancing On My Own’ by Calum Scott.
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“I feel Adam was stitched up. That’s my personal feeling. And that is kind of the consensus that people are having on Twitter and social media,” the 45-year-old claimed.
“There’s no way he should have been bottom of the leaderboard. So if he was in the correct position, on the leaderboard, would he have ended up in the bottom two? I think probably not.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, James, who appeared on eight consecutive seasons of Strictly between 2006 and 2013, said that Adam’s performance in the dance off was “better” than the veteran broadcaster’s.
“Let’s take into consideration, that when they did their first one, Angela and Kai were marked one mark higher than Adam and Luba. However, when they did the dance-off, she made a couple of small mistakes, and at the end of the routine, she was wobbling quite a bit. I think everybody saw that.
“No one mentioned it, not one of the judges mentioned it because it’s almost like they want to get through. ‘Let’s get Angela to Blackpool.'”
However, he went on to claim that he doesn’t want to take anything away from the 79-year-old’s stint on Strictly, and stated that he had been rooting for her and Kai, 28.
“I’ve been rooting for them the whole way through, saying that she deserves her place and she does deserve her place essentially, because she’s still great and she is 79 and I do take that into consideration. However, this week I felt it was just wrong,” James added.
The contestants are back in action this Saturday as the remaining eight couples continue their campaign to hoist the Glitterball Trophy.
Tune into the show on BBC One this Saturday from 6.05pm.
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