We might as well cancel all future live television events because we hit a high point as a society with last week’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing. Now, every time I hear the opening bars of Hot Chocolate’s You Sexy Thing, I see Arsenal legend Tony Adams zipping down his Velcro pants and dancing a Full Monty samba in sequin boxers. If you’re not watching Strictly this year (and if you are, why not?), Adams isn’t really a frontrunner.
since the show began three weeks ago, he and his partner Katya Jones have consistently ranked at the bottom of the rankings. But because of the pure entertainment value? It’s a 10 from me.
Every series has a “joke” celebrity. You know the ones – two left feet and the hip of an ironing board, but given the shabbiest of songs and the silliest of costumes to crush Judge Craig Revel-Horwood and survive the public vote.
It all depends on the celebrity whether this works or not. They have to have charisma and seriousness lest they be voted out in favor of people who can actually dance.
The last perfect example was former politician Ed Balls – also coincidentally partner of Katya Jones – who dominated his streak by throwing absolutely everything he had into the competition.
Now we have Tony Adams doing the same. At Saturday night’s show his technical prowess was nowhere near that of his peers, but it’s the performance I remember most.
All celebs do a brilliant thing by competing, but it’s pretty daring for a man in his fifties best known as a football hardman to strip down on primetime TV and fully commit to the part .
It helps that Jones is an incredible choreographer and could make a sack of potatoes look good on the dance floor, but I already know that looking back on the 2022 series StrictI will remember Adams far more than some of his more technically gifted rivals.
He escaped the bottom two thanks to his raunchy samba, leaving Richie Anderson and Fleur East to that fate. East in particular is actually a very good dancer and a lot of people have complained that she was even in that position. I don’t think she should have been there either, but even though Adams scored a lot fewer points than she did, I don’t think he should have taken her place.
To me, Strict it’s not about perfect fleckerl or rod straight stance or hand placement. I get annoyed when a pop star or actress with a musical background immediately starts getting 7s and 8s because they already have a natural rhythm and experience.
I don’t want good dancers from day one. I want people like Adams, who have never been on a dance floor except at a wedding party, to learn tango with a world champion. I want total beginners to actually learn to dance and improve week after week.
For a Strict Fan, it’s the dream to work with one of the pros and learn to dance from scratch; and let’s face it, most of us would look like Tony Adams doing it.
And I would hope to be like him – avoiding potential embarrassment, fully engaging in the process, and learning to love something even if you’re not good at it. I struggle with that – if I’m not immediately brilliant at a hobby, I get frustrated and give up. But Adams shows that you don’t have to be good at something to enjoy it.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/strictly-speaking-tony-adams-its-not-the-best-dancer-i-want-to-see-42065731.html In fact, Tony Adams isn’t the best dancer I’d want to see