Strictly’s Jayde Adams describes same sex partnership with pro Karen Hauer as ‘completely natural’ and dispels dancing stereotypes – before jesting that ‘boys ain’t strong enough’ to lift her

  • The comedian, 37, makes up one of this year’s two same-sex pairings with pro dancer Karen Hauer
  • It will be the first time she has danced since tragically losing her sister and disco dance partner in 2011, due to a brain tumour
  • Strictly will return live to BBC One at 6:45pm on Saturday evening 

Jayde Adams has revealed that her same-sex Strictly Come Dancing partnership felt ‘like a completely natural thing’ as she dispelled dancing stereotypes.

The comedian, 37, admitted that her new pairing brings back childhood memories of dancing with her late sister, who died of a brain tumour in 2011.

Jayde, who competitively disco danced as a child, is partnered with pro dancer Karen Hauer in one of the two same-sex partnerships on this year’s show, sharing that the pair have a ‘sisterhood’.

Strictly’s Jayde Adams, 37, has described her same sex partnership with pro Karen Hauer as ‘completely natural’ – jesting that ‘boys ain’t strong enough’ to lift her

And jesting that ‘boys ain’t strong enough’ to lift her, she explained that she actually preferred the idea of lifting a woman rather than being lifted herself by a man. 

Friday’s launch show revealed that Jayde, who is married to event director Clayton Wright, was set to take to the dance floor with Karen – who has previously reached the show’s final with stars such as Jamie Laing and Mark Wright.

Admitting she didn’t specifically ask for a male or female dance partner, Jayde said she was open to be put in a mixed or same sex couple by show bosses.

With some experience dancing alongside a woman as a competitive disco dancer – which she competed with her late sister Jenna – the comedian couldn’t be happier with the pairing, describing the partnership with Karen as a sense of ‘sisterhood’.

Bond: The comedian couldn’t be happier with the pairing, describing the partnership with Karen as a sense of ‘sisterhood’

Strong: The 6ft2 star is also looking forward to lifting Karen around the dancefloor, admitting she feels more comfortable being on that side of the partnership

She told MailOnline and other publications: ‘I think my partnership with Karen is more about sisterhood. And if you’re in the dance world, which I was as a child, the sort of all-girl and all-male partnerships is quite commonplace. 

‘Obviously it’s a new thing in these dance shows, the one that’s in Australia and the one that’s in America, but I think the world is changing and to me it just doesn’t seem like anything that is abnormal to me. It seems like a completely natural thing. ‘

Jayde’s sister Jenna passed away due to a brain tumour back in 2011, with the last time the comedian danced being with her.

Heartbreaking: Jayde’s sister Jenna passed away due to a brain tumour back in 2011, with the last time the comedian danced being with her (pictured together)

Recalling her and Jenna’s partnership, Jayde continued: ‘When I danced with my sister, I was the base and I used to lift her all the time and actually the last time I danced was actually with my sister… so this felt really natural for me.’

The 6ft2 star is also looking forward to lifting Karen around the dance floor, admitting she feels more comfortable being on that side of the partnership.

‘I always thought it would be better if it was a woman because I would be able to lift her,’ she explained – before joking that she ‘didn’t want to offend the boys but they ain’t strong enough’.

Jayde described her and partner Karen as ‘both so strong in different ways’, explaining that their ‘completely different body types’ make a strong partnership. 

Cast: Jayde and Karen are one of this year’s two same-sex couples, with last year’s winner Giovanni Pernice paired with radio presenter Richie Anderson

Supportive: She recently celebrated a 15 year anniversary with her husband Clayton, who has been showing support for his wife’s Strictly journey on social media

She recently celebrated a 15 year anniversary with her husband Clayton, who has been showing support for his wife’s Strictly journey on social media.

The event director and producer even shared that Karen and Jayde would be his ‘new screensaver’ following Strictly’s launch show on Friday.

Jayde and Karen are one of this year’s two same-sex couples, with last year’s winner Giovanni Pernice paired with radio presenter Richie Anderson. 

Strictly’s first live show will kick off on Saturday evening at 6:45pm on BBC One, with the dancing duo’s taking to the stage in front of the judges for the first time.

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Who are the couples?

HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Celebrity’s age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN 

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Celebrity’s age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Celebrity’s age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says:  ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN 

James Bye and Amy Dowden

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER 

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Celebrity’s age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL 

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Celebrity’s age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL 

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Celebrity’s age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE 

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Celebrity’s age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA 

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA 

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Celebrity’s age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES 

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Celebrity’s age: 55

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON 

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Celebrity’s age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 

 

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