Strictly fans call on BBC to axe Tony Adams from the show to stop more talented contestants from being kicked off – after he advanced to week eight despite low scores
Staunch viewers are furious that he has made it to week eight of the competition despite getting low scores, with some even writing to the Corporation’s bosses to beg them to stop him from continuing on the popular Saturday night programme.
They launched their campaign after last Sunday night’s results show when they were left fuming by Adams once again escaping the dance off, leaving Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds and CBBC star Mollie Rainford to battle it out in the dance off.
Oh no! Devoted Strictly fans are calling on the BBC to axe Tony Adams from the show to stop more talented contestants from being kicked off the show
Miss Simmonds was voted off by the judges despite getting 33 points the night before, 12 more than the former Arsenal player’s 21.
He was also universally panned by the judges for making several mistakes during his performance with partner Katya Jones.
A source close to the show said: ‘There has been some concern at the BBC that Tony would go all the way to the final due to the massive support he has from his Arsenal fan base but now it has got past week seven, there is real anger amongst the fans and they are sharing their views with the BBC by writing in.
Awkward: Staunch viewers are furious that he has made it to week eight of the competition despite getting low scores, with some even writing to the Corporation’s bosses to beg them to stop him from continuing on the popular Saturday night programme
‘To them, they want to watch great dancers and while they accept there will be a more jokey acts at the beginning, when it gets to this point of the competition, this is increasingly becoming an issue for the programme and its fans.’
While some have contacted the BBC, others have taken to social media to share their disgust Adams, 56, not quitting the competition – and insist he walks away from the show now like former news reader John Sergeant famously did in 2008.
He announced his departure in week ten of the show, saying: ‘The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me that would be a joke too far.’
Difficult: They launched their campaign after last Sunday night’s results show when they were left fuming by Adams once again escaping the dance off after their Samba
‘Tony Adams it’s time to fall on your sword because much better dancers than you are being forced to leave. Follow John Sergeants example and retire gracefully. Please!!!!!’ wrote on Strictly fan.
Meanwhile, another said: ‘If Tony Adams had any moral bone in his body he’d leave @BBCStrictly #noshame #cantdance,’ while another tweeted: ‘He should do what John Sergeant did and leave voluntarily, recognising that much better dancers are going whilst his football supporters are keeping him in, it’s not because he’s a good dancer.’
Following their routine to Pitbull’s I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) last Saturday, Adams and Miss Jones appeared to have an argument in the closing minutes of this show after his blunders.
Criticisms: He was also universally panned by the judges for making several mistakes during his performance with partner Katya Jones
During the dance, Miss Jones, 33, appeared to tell the former footballer to ‘focus.’
Adams’ continued success on the show is believed to be due to an orchestrated campaign by an Arsenal fans forum that is instructing its members to use their three votes each week to keep Adams in the competition.
The group, named She Wore A Yellow Ribbon – The Arsenal, have organised a campaign across their social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
Congrats: On Sunday’s results show, Tony looked shocked as he secured a place in this week’s Strictly show after the apparent on-air row