BBC Strictly star Adam Thomas breaks silence after show axe as fans fume

BBC Strictly Come Dancing's Adam Thomas has broken his silence after being booted off the popular dance competition on Sunday night, leaving fans fuming that the 'wrong person went home'.

The star found himself in a dance-off with Angela Rippon and her pro dance partner Kai Widdrington.

In his first chat since his exit from the BBC show on the spin-off series It Takes Two, Adam opened up about the judges' decision to send him home. For the second week running, Adam was in the dreaded dance-off, having been saved the previous week when Zara McDermott was axed.

However, this weekend the former Emmerdale actor was eliminated from the contest alongside his dance partner Luba Mushtuk, following a dance-off with Angela and Kai. Both pairs, who were at the bottom of the leaderboard on Saturday night, had to perform their routines once more.

Angela, 79, and Kai danced their Waltz to Fascination by Nat King Cole, while Adam and Luba performed their Rumba to Dancing On My Own by Callum Scott, hoping to win over the judges. However, the judges decided to send Adam and Luba home, and on Monday night he spoke about his departure for the first time.

Adam addressed the disappointment of losing to Angela on the show, amidst some viewer backlash.

Speaking to host Fleur East about the dance-off, Adam said: "I knew going up against Angela we'd be in trouble. She's amazing, but if anyone was going to send us home I'm happy it was Angela, she's amazing. She is so elegant and I am really happy for her."

Some fans were not pleased with the decision, believing "the wrong person" had been sent home. After his emotional exit on Sunday, one fan vented on X, formerly known as Twitter: "Only caught the dance off of this week's #Strictly and it was clearly the wrong decision?"

Another agreed, writing: "Sorry, wrong decision. Adam had a lot of potential to keep getting better, his scores have been consistently climbing. Angela is great, especially considering her age, but she has a lot of experience, and realistically she won't get any better than she is now. #strictly."

A third fan wrote: "No hate to Angela at all, because I think she is getting too much negativity from people. But I do think Adam danced better in the dance off, Angela's waltz was very lumpy. Sorry but I think the judges made the wrong decision."

After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts with Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas unanimously choosing to save Angela and Kai.

Adam has faced a series of health woes while on the show as he revealed that he had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis earlier this year.

As his fate was revealed, Adam said: "Seven incredible weeks, what a journey it's been. I honestly thought I was leaving in week two and the fact that I've got this far I'm so proud of myself, I've had an amazing time from start to finish. I came here to learn how to dance and I've learned so much more about myself.

"The confidence and self-belief I now have in myself, it's out of this world I have to thank all these guys up here. What a bunch to be on this journey with, I'm just very, very lucky! I know my kids are at home now probably crying, 'It's okay Daddy's okay. I just wanted to teach my kids that it's not just about winning or losing, it's about taking part and doing your best. [To Luba] I just want to say thank you to this one and I'm sorry, I wanted to get us to Blackpool."

Following Adam's show exit, his wife Caroline shared a gushing post about her husband's dedication to Strictly Come Dancing as she shared her pride.

Strictly Come Dancing is shown on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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