Strictly Come Dancing‘s Jayde Adams has clashed with ex-pro Joanne Clifton over an argument Joanne wrote about this year’s finalist Helen Skelton.
Joanne, who left the show as a professional dancer in 2016, wrote a column for Daily Express in which she suggested that Helen’s newfound confidence was the key to her success at Strictly Come Dancing.
“This woman has been on a journey like no other. The comparison from the beginning to now is indescribable. The confidence from musicals week needs to stay,” Joanne wrote in the article.
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However, comedian Jayde, who was eliminated from this series in week five, took to Twitter to call out the article, believing it to be condescending towards Country file host.
“For #strictly speaking Helen was the second woman to complete the 78 mile Namibian Ultramarathon 23h 45. Kayaked the Amazon, ran 150 meters over Battersea Power Station, cycled to the South Pole, TV, radio, sports career and had 3 babies, one she delivered herself, “Jayde wrote.
“Not confident? HAHAHAHA.”
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Joanne defended herself in her response to Jayde, arguing that what she said had been misinterpreted.
“Not sure about this comment. I’m quite obviously commenting on her confidence in ballroom dancing, not her life,” Joanne tweeted.
“Because my article is about OBVS strictly speaking. Maybe we should say positive things, encourage them and celebrate them being finalists instead of making something negative out of it?”
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Jayde has not responded to Joanne’s comment, although she did respond to some fans of the show who pushed back against her original tweet. She said Helen had “bloomed” before strictly speaking and will continue to do so afterwards.
The comedian too so: “No one ever talks about Hamza [Yassin]his trust.”
Helen arrived this week strictly speaking the final after making it through the semi-finals, where Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were knocked out.
Strictly Come Dancingits last is broadcast on Saturday (December 17) at 19.05 on BBC One, while the spin-off show Strictly: It takes two broadcast weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows are also streaming on BBC iPlayer.
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