Strictly Come Dancing star Jayde Adams has spoken about her upcoming partnership with Karen Hauer on this year’s series.
In the lead-up to this year’s show’s release, viewers found Radio 2 anchor Richie Anderson to make up half of the show’s third-ever same-sex pairing.
During Friday night’s pre-recorded launch, it was announced that he’ll partner with hardcore champ Giovanni Bernese – but viewers also found out that for the first time ever, there will be two teams of the same gender competing on the show.
The second pairing will consist of Jayde and Karen, with the previous opening up about the partnership during an interview with HuffPost UK and other media outlets ahead of this year’s show launch.
Jayde — a stand-up comedian and squeaky glamorous — remembered first tweeting about wanting to dance with a pro four years ago, saying, “I was like, ‘If I’m on Strictly, I’d like to be with a woman, because then I can lift it up’.” .
“whenever [Strictly has] Partnerships where you have a plus-size guy, it’s easy for him, because he can lift a girl. But when it’s the other way around, and you have this flaw… [the male professionals] Cool, but not rugby players. So I thought I would be too [more] Able to engage in acrobatics [with a woman].
“And now, I’ve got not only what we call an all-women partnership with Karen, but it’s athletic. You carry it and it carries itself there.”
Jayde continued, “I think we’ll have a lot of fun together, just trying to get ourselves out of our comfort zone.”
On what viewers can expect of them in terms of dancing, the comedian added, “We haven’t really discussed it, but I think we’ll mix it up a bit. We’re not just going [base our routines on] Height arrangement for both of us. We will go with who we are as people.
“The thing you add to all the dances is a narrative, and as a narrator, writer, and comedian, I’m all about the story. So, it all depends on the story we make with each dance.”
“I think you might be surprised. She and I wouldn’t be shy about romance in dancing either. That would be a really fun thing to do together, and we’d like to show that on our shows.”
“I think there’s going to be some chemistry. Romance and chemistry, we’re still adding that to our partnership, I think.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Jayde spoke about her background in dancing, noting that while she was “not Ashley Roberts,” she danced competitively as a child.
“I was confident to be on this show because I know it It wouldn’t be hard for me to pick up the routine, because I have a memory of the routine because of the free disco dance when I was a kid.” “These things stay with you forever.”. “
The Bristol-born artist began her stand-up career in 2011, and in 2019 she was a huge hit with her Edinburgh award-winning show The Ballad Of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face, the long-listed Emmy Award-recorded special.
In addition to facing Snackmasters and Crazy Delicious for Channel 4, Jayde has also worked on shows like Good Omens and Alma’s Not Normal, as well as the upcoming Take That Greatest Days.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Jayde stated that she had partly subscribed to Strictly as a tribute to her late sister, who died in 2011 at the age of 28.
“I’ve always been fat,” Jade said. “I’m a really good dancer, but in freestyle disco, when I was doing it in the ’90s, there was a real stipulation about what you looked like when you did it.
“My sister actually installed this mold. I didn’t. We used to dance together because we were sisters and it was easier. And I’ll be honest with you, I think I turned it off a bit.”
She added, “She wouldn’t understand any of these poses at all. She would support me and find me funny. She always found me funny.
But she studied contemporary dance at university and was part of Bristol’s contemporary dance troupes and Dance Is Her Life. That’s all I did. And I think she would have really understood that.
“It’s so intense, I’ll be honest. It’s such a huge thing for me and my family to do, and I’m going to try really hard not to cry every week because I know how annoying it is, because I’ve watched the show for years.”
The first strictly live show of the year will be broadcast on Saturday night on BBC One.
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