Strictly Come Dancing: Tony Adams’s performance slammed a ‘technical disaster’ amid mixed feedback from judges

Strictly Come Dancing: Tony Adams’s performance slammed a ‘technical disaster’ amid mixed feedback from judges

The former Arsenal star who lives in the Cotswolds scored 24 points for his Jive routine

Former Arsenal star Tony Adams scored 24 points for his jive routine on tonight’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing. And judge Craig Revel Horwood slammed his performance as a “technical disaster”.

Tony took to the dancefloor alongside partner Katya Jones as the pair performed to reach next week’s iconic Blackpool stage. The performance received mixed feedback from the judges.

Craig Revel Horwood said: “A technical disaster. I was loving that you were saying every step and counting along so I missed most of the footwork.

“I think that dance is actually beyond you really. But you gave it your best shot so well done.”

Anton Du Beke added: “Let me tell you, there are one or two old centre forwards that have been on the brunt of those kicks and flicks over the years.” He added with faint praise: “You didn’t go wrong, you gave it a good effort. I didn’t mind it.”

Tony Adams's jive received mixed feedback from the Strictly Come Dancing judges.
Tony Adams’s jive received mixed feedback from the Strictly Come Dancing judges. (Image: BBC iPlayer)

However, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse credited Tony’s effort. Shirley said: “Let me tell you, I can tell in that beautiful heart that you want to go to Blackpool! I feel it in your heart – you gave it your best there and never got on the wrong foot.”

She added: “As for that Roly Poly, I’m just lost for words! Well done, well done.”

Motsi said: “He definitely gave it his best shot. I’ve been watching week after week after week, and I don’t know what’s happening with you and the dancing but you’re definitely looking sharp.

“You’re looking much better! You look so much more comfortable right now but there are things that need to get better and we can’t ignore them completely.”

The 24 points awarded by the judges places him at the bottom of the leaderboard by quite some distance. But three couples – Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe; Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima; and Tyler West and Dianne Buswell – are the next above him on the leaderboard all with 31 points.

After the dance, an exhausted Tony said: “We loved it tonight but training has been tough. It’s put a lot of pressure on our limbs but I’m determined every week to have fun.”

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