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Strictly Come Dancing set for surprise winner as expert disagrees with fan predictions
Strictly Come Dancing quickstepped its way onto our TV screens on Saturday night (September 27) – and a dance expert has since revealed the celebrity that they think has the "best overall chance of winning".Stars including Matt Goss, Ellie Simmonds, Will Mellor, Fleur East and Hamza Yassin took to the dance floor with their professional partners, as the latest series of the BBC competition got underway at the weekend.However, one celebrity in particular could be in the front running to lift the glitterball trophy – Kaye Adams.READ NEXT: Become a fab-u-lous judge - cast your scores to our Strictly Come Dancing scoreboardSpeaking to Heart Bingo, dancing expert Dr Jill Rose Jacobs revealed the Loose Women presenter is her favourite to win and revealed her reasons why, saying: "It was a very fun launch show. The Friday launch show spotlighted each celebrity’s athleticism (or lack thereof), musicality, expressivity, and likability."My immediate feeling it that Kaye Adams has the best overall chance of winning."Speaking of the night's performances, she also said: "Kaye Adams' performance brought me to tears."However, Dr Jill, who was previously a professor of dance at New York University, aired her comments with a note of caution, adding that Kaye winning "will depend on her gaining confidence in her elegant stature".
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Strictly star Jayde Adams ‘cringed’ when she saw herself dance for first time
Strictly Come Dancing recruit Jayde Adams confessed that she “cringed” when she looked back at her opening dance with her professional dancer Karen Hauer.On Sunday (September 25), the blonde bombshell took to social media where she shared her thoughts after performing a stellar samba to Christina Aguilera’s hit song Dirty.The 37-year-old comic took to the stage in a sparkly black and silver dress as she danced the night away where she impressed both the viewers and the star-studded judging panel.READ MORE: James Jordan claims Strictly judges 'softened' Ellie Simmonds dance critiqueLess than 24-hours after her wild opening number, the TV star confessed that she couldn’t help but cringe as she watched herself back on the BBC One dance competition.Taking to Instagram, Jayde shared a sweet snap of the pair dazzling the dancefloor with her impressive dance moves.In full view of her 96.6k followers on the popular social media account, she opened up about her insecurities and how her dance partner has been helping her to overcome them.She wrote: “Full disclosure: when I saw this picture, I cringed a bit and the reason why? I can see in this picture that I am 100% happy and for a second I felt super vulnerable, how weird is that?“But then I looked over at my love @karenhauer in that amazing dress, with her incredible sense of style, her exemplary attention to detail, talent and creativity and I knew with complete clarity that everything was going to be just fine.”Jayde added: “Thank you to everyone, EVERYONE for every delicious thing you’ve said to me, my brain is going crazy with this oxytocin [heart emoji].“Massive shout out to @lubamushtuk and @arduinobertoncello who have been part of my team on the show as well.
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James Jordan claims Strictly judges 'softened' Ellie Simmonds dance critique
James Jordan has claimed the Strictly Come Dancing judges "softened" their critique of Ellie Simmonds' first dance.The former BBC star, 44, appeared on Steph's Packed Lunch on Monday (September 26) alongside his wife Ola where he backed his previous criticism of the Paralympian needing to "straighten her legs" in her performance. He also claimed the show's judges had "not critiqued Ellie the same as everybody else".READ MORE:BBC Strictly Come Dancing's first live show ratings 'fall from last year' in big dropJames said: "I'm sure Ellie would want to be critiqued the same as everybody else and I'm pretty sure about that, because I know I would."She's on there representing dwarfism, which I think is an amazing thing."But, I'm still going to critique her the same as everybody else and I actually believe that the judges didn't critique her the same as everybody else and I think that's a mistake because if you're going to have these people on there - which I think is great - then critique them the same."Of Ellie's performance, James had previously tweeted he "loved it".He also said she needed to "try and consciously straighten her legs as much as possible" and believe in herself but "apart from that it was great and she’s an inspiration".Defending his Twitter comments to host Steph McGovern, James later added: "I still stand by [my tweet] because it's how people interpret it."I meant it with no malice whatsoever and if it's offended people, they've chosen to be offended by it.
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