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Strictly Come Dancing star Jayde Adams has opened up about her upcoming partnership with Karen Hauer in this year’s series.
Ahead of this year’s inaugural show, viewers discovered that Radio 2 presenter Richie Anderson would be one half of the third same-sex couple in the show’s history.
It was announced during Friday night’s pre-show that she will be partnering reigning Strictly champion Giovanni Pernice – but viewers also discovered that two same-sex teams will be competing on the show for the first time ever.
The other pair will be Jayde and Karen, with the former speaking about the partnership during an interview with HuffPost UK and other media ahead of this year’s premiere.
Jayde – who is a stand-up comic and a Strictly superfan – recalled that she first tweeted about wanting to dance with a professional woman four years ago, saying: “I was like, ‘If I was on Strictly, I’d love to be with a woman, because then I could pick her up’.
“Whenever [Strictly has] a partnership where you have a plus guy, it’s easy for him because he can pick up the girl. But when you have it the other way around and you have that imbalance… [the male professionals] they are great but they are not rugby players. So I thought I would [more] able to get into acrobatics [with a woman].
“And now not only do I have what we call a female partnership with Karen, but she’s an athlete. You hold her and she just hangs there.”
Jayde continued, “I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together, just trying to get out of our comfort zone.”
As for what viewers can expect from them dance-wise, the comedian added: “We haven’t discussed it much, but I think we’re going to mix it up a bit. We’re not just getting ready [base our routines on] height order for the two of us. We’ll just go with who we are as people.
“What you add to all dance is storytelling, and as a storyteller, writer and comedian, I’m all about the story. So it will all depend on what the story is that we create with each dance.
“I think you might be surprised. She and I don’t shy away from dance romance either. That’s going to be something really fun to play together and we want to show that in our shows.
“I think there will be some chemistry. Romance and chemistry, I think we’ll bring that to our partnership.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Jayde talked about her own dance background, noting that while she’s “no Ashley Roberts,” she danced competitively as a child.
“I was confident that I would be on this show because I know that. Picking up the routine will not be difficult for me because I have memory of the routines because of freestyle disco dancing when I was little,” she said. “Those things stay with you forever..”
The Bristol-born actress began her stand-up career in 2011 and made a big splash in 2019 with her award-winning Edinburgh show The Ballad Of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face, a taped special for which she was long nominated for an Emmy.
Alongside Snackmasters and Crazy Delicious on Channel 4, Jayde has also starred in shows such as Good Omens and Alma’s Not Normal, as well as the upcoming film Take That Greatest Days.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Jayde revealed that she signed up to Strictly partly as a tribute to her late sister, who died in 2011 aged 28.
“I’ve always been fat,” Jayde said. “I’m a really good dancer, but in freestyle disco dancing when I was doing it in the 90s, there was a real stipulation about how you looked when you were doing it.
“My sister really fit the mold. I do not. We used to have to dance together because we were sisters and it was easier. And I’ll be honest with you, I think I held her back a bit.’
She added: “She wouldn’t understand any of this stand-up at all. She would support me and find me funny. I always found her funny.
“But she studied contemporary dance at university and was part of contemporary dance companies in Bristol and dance was her life. That’s all she ever did. And I think she would really understand.
“It’s pretty intense, I’ll be honest. It’s a big deal for me and my family that I’m doing this and I’m going to try my best not to cry every week because I know how annoying it is because I’ve been watching the show for years.”
The first Strictly live show of the year will be broadcast on Saturday night on BBC One.