Dan Walker explains reason Tony Adams is still on Strictly

Dan Walker says he's 'fed up' with the soap opera of politics

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Journalist Dan Walker has opened up on why he thinks underdog Tony Adams remains in the competition despite some harsh criticism and scoring from the judges. The 45-year-old 5 News presenter was partnered with Nadiya Bychkova last year and said he sympathises with former football star Tony.

Dan and Nadiya were eliminated in week 11 of last year’s competition.

At the time, Dan often responded to the backlash from viewers who disputed him getting through on some occasions.

Giving his view on this year’s competition, he commented: “Well, it’s not a dance competition, is it?

“It’s half a popularity contest, it’s an entertainment show and it doesn’t matter how good you are on the dance floor, you’ve got to connect with the audience.”

Speaking to The Mirror, he continued: “Look at how Tony [Adams] and Katya [Jones] have done – he’s just been fantastic and I think he’s got a few more weeks in him. It’s just entertainment.

“At a time when we just need to sit down and watch telly and have a bit of fun, Tony provides that.

“Once people saw him as England captain, this brilliant footballer, trouble with alcohol at the end of his career and he’s come through the other side and he’s very thankful for that and what he can do with that.”

Tony has so far never had to face the dreaded dance-off, despite consistently being close to or at the bottom of the judge’s leaderboard each week.

During last weekend’s Halloween-themed show, Tony donned a devil costume for his Quickstep.

As his Arsenal fanbase rallies behind him, it seems he will continue to avoid facing elimination.

However, Tony has showed some signs of improvement, achieving a score of 31 on Saturday night – his highest score so far.

Despite his typically low scores, he appears to be receiving more votes than any other contestant in the series.

This has caused some backlash each week on social media, with some accusing the show of being “a fix”.

The trend continued last weekend, with Strictly fans complaining about the show. 

Twitter user @simonjuanIII wrote: “Will Mellor gets just ONE mark more than Tony Adams. Is this just to keep the viewing figures up because they need the Arsenal fans #strictly #fix.”

@Carolyn26085336 fumed: “Why is Tony Adam’s still there, I have switched off now, what a con  #strictly.”

@DJTrademark_UK penned: “Arsenal fans are so desperate to win something this season they are voting for Tony Adams to win! #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing.”

“Enough is enough. Stop voting for Tony. I do think Fleur might go next week. Ellie Simmonds needs to have the week of her life #Strictly,” @KevGeo2011 added.

Others are pleased with Tony’s success, with @lisajoy69 sharing: “#Strictly voted for Tony and Katya because I think they provide entertainment. He makes me laugh at a time when the world is so sad, no fix just someone entertaining us which is what it’s all about I think!”

@tn1a echoed this, posting: “I don’t watch football but I do watch Strictly Come Dancing. I like the entertainment and the story told through dancing. I voted for Tony and Hamza. #StrictlyComeDancing2022 #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly.”

Tony has continuously thanked his fans for voting for him.

On Monday he tweeted: “Don’t tell anyone but I am starting to enjoy this.

“Thanks to everyone who voted to watch @Mrs_katjones and I dance again @bbcstrictly #properdancer.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.

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