The couples of Strictly Come Dancing 2022 have been revealed – including an unexpected second same-sex partnership.
The dance competition returned with its launch show on Friday (23 September), with the 15 celebrity competitors learning which pro dancer will be putting them through the ringer during the next three months.
While it had previously been announced that the show would be featuring one same-sex couple, with Richie Anderson requesting a male partner and being paired with Giovanni Pernice, an all-female partnership was also revealed.
One of the last partnerships unveiled on the night was comedian Jayde Adams, who will be performing on Strictly Come Dancing with professional dancer Karen Hauer.
Upon learning she would be dancing with Hauer, Adams said: “Karen is Strictly!”
Hauer said: “I’m absolutely excited. I have so many ideas, too many ideas. This is going to be a golden moment for me.”
Asked if the show was living up to her expectations, Adams said: “I feel like it’s not real, I feel like someone made a Strictly-themed birthday party and I’m in the middle of it.”
Growing up, Adams used to compete in freestyle disco dancing competitions with her sister Jenna, who died of a brain tumour in 2011. The last time Adams ever danced was with her sister.
In a recent interview with The Independent, Adams has said that Strictly Come Dancing is “everything I’ve ever worked towards”.
You can read more about Adams here.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday 24 September at 6.45pm on BBC One.