Strictly’s Adam Peaty admits he might struggle with judges’ harsh critique

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Strictly Come Dancing contestant and Olympian Adam Peaty has admitted he’s not sure how he will deal with the judges’ criticism.

The swimmer, who won big at this year’s Games, explained that while he can handle criticism, he might struggle if he’s poured his “heart and soul” into a routine, only for it to receive a low score.

Asked how he’ll cope with listening to the panel – made up of head judge Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and new recruit Anton Du Beke – each Saturday night Adam, 26, answered honestly: “I don’t know about that.”

The star, who describes himself as "extremely competitive" continued: “I can take criticism but if I think it’s a good dance and I put my heart and soul into it and hours and hours of training and hard work, then if someone gives it a 3 or 4 I’m not going to be happy… but that’s the game.”

And Adam is more than happy to be taking to the dance floor this year, explaining he’s ready to throw himself into the competition from the moment he starts training.

The dad-of-one said: “I’m a sports person who’s constantly getting challenged in the water and out of the water, so I’m used to training and working hard.”

He continued: “I’m just trying to keep my fitness but, at the same time, take a lot of time off [of swimming].”

Adam added: “I know it’s going to be very hard and very different but once the training starts, I’ll work very hard.”

Adam also went on to say that while his sporting mentality will no doubt help him with the competition element, Strictly is going to be something that is completely outside of his comfort zone.

He admitted: “[My swimming skills will probably] hinder [me] because I’m used to being in the water.”

“I'm not used to being on land against gravity. But my hips are hopefully going to be quite fluid.”

What’s more, Adam is used to competing in the pool by himself rather than as part of a team.

He explained: “For me, I'm an individual athlete so having to work with a partner to perform, being able to read them and for them to read you will also be very different.”

However, there’s one thing Adam can’t wait for now the experience is underway – to be “strictly-fied” and undergo the glam makeover.

He laughed: “Honestly, I can’t wait! It’s just going to be different.”

“I spend my whole life in swimsuits and if I’m not doing that, it’s photoshoots covered in oil so now I get to change the oil to glitter!”

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Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 18th September on BBC One

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