Adam Peaty admits he’s ‘relieved’ after Strictly exit ‘No longer get texts!’

Strictly: Adam Peaty admitting he's "relieved" to go

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Strictly Come Dancing week seven saw Adam Peaty and partner Katya Jones eliminated from the BBC show. Joining Rylan Clark-Neal on BBC Two’s It Takes Two, Adam admitted to the host he felt “relieved” about some aspects of no longer being on the show and was looking forward to not receiving a text from his professional dance partner Katya asking where he is.

Introducing them to the show, Rylan began: “We are so gutted to see you guys go, you know how upset we get when someone goes.

“How are you feeling now you’ve had a bit of time for it to sink in?” the BBC host asked.

Adam admitted: “Still exhausted, but very relieved I get a lie-in, honestly I’ve not had a lie-in in a long time.

“10 o’clock on a Monday, I’m not gonna be expecting a text from Katya going, ‘where are you?’ It’s quite good,” he joked.

Saturday night saw Adam and Katya perform the Jive to Little Pretty One by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers.

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They received mixed comments from the judges, with head judge Shirley Ballas saying: “You came out today on a vengeance, and you opened our show beautifully.

“Your double flicks went well, you did make a bit of an error, but you picked it up again, but I think that caused you to be just a hair hesitant.”

Craig Revel Horwood commented: “It was just a shame about the mistakes that put you completely out of time when you almost stopped dancing.

“Heavy ball changes, you need to dance through your transitions more from one dance move to the next.”

Speaking with Rylan about his Jive, Adam said: “Honestly, I can say this now, normally I would keep this under wraps, but my ankles were going.

“My calf was going, I was trying to do as many runs as I can, but the jive is one of those dances which requires 150 per cent of you.

“When you haven’t got that 150 per cent, you need something else that’s going to put you apart, but on the Thursday, I said to Katya, ‘I can’t do this anymore’.

“I’m an Olympic athlete, I can push through things most people can’t push through, but my Achilles is going to go if I carry on.”

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Receiving their scores from the judges, Craig awarded their dance a six while Motsi Mabuse, Shirley and Anton Du Beke awarded them seven.

With a total score of 27 out of a possible 40, Adam and Katya were at the bottom of the leaderboard and at risk.

Sunday saw Adam in the dreaded dance-off against Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin, having to perform for the judges once again.

When the judges decided who they wanted to save from elimination, Craig, Motsi and Anton decided to save Tilly and Nikita.

Speaking to host Tess Daly about his time on the show, Adam said: “I have absolutely loved every single challenge, I’ve never had a chance like this.

“As an Olympian for 16 years, I pushed my body to places I never thought they’d be pushed, this is just a whole new ball game.

“I have so much respect for everyone who dances across the world, but all these contestants and these pro’s who put themselves on the line every single week.

“It’s just a great experience,” he reminisced emotionally.

Strictly: It Takes Two airs weekdays at 6:30pm on BBC Two. 
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