Gutted Adam Thomas in tears after 'letting Strictly partner down'

Poor Adam Thomas was left in tears after the judges’ comments on his second Strictly Come Dancing performance.

The Emmerdale star, 35, is partnered with Luba Mushtuk, 33, this series and made his dancefloor debut last week with a lively cha cha to Waffle House by the Jonas Brothers.

Adam and Luba scored 19 for their first performance and while their score went up to 23 this time, the feedback wasn’t exactly glowing.

The actor and his Russian pro gave it their all with an intense tango to Somebody Told Me by The Killers.

Alas, Adam felt he had to apologise to Luba for ‘letting her down’.

‘This is a different Adam to last week, last week I did understand the smile to get over the nerves, this week you were more engaged, you wanted to take control over everything, and there was a power in your movement,’ judge Motsi Mabuse began in her comments.

‘I do feel the character of the dance could’ve been stronger in your technique,’ she added.

Head judge Shirley then chimed in: ‘I actually thought the character was the best part.

‘It was all a little bit soft, we could move a little bit more moving forward on your footwork.’

Anton Du Beke then noted that there were ‘some mistakes’ as Adam and Luba were ‘out of sync with each other.’

‘You could make a really lovely ballroom dancer, your posture is really good,’ he praised.

‘Your arm is too wide, if you could get your left arm in and angle through the left arm, it would smarten the whole shape up.’

Ending on a positive, though, he assured Adam: ‘Your movement was good, well done, you.’

Resident Mr Nasty Craig Revel Horwood said: ‘There were definitely sync issues and it needs to be danced more on one level, but it had power, it had intent, and it had drama.’

Adam kept his cheery expression despite the criticism, as host Claudia Winkleman was on hand to comfort him.

Asked how he was doing, Adam sarcastically replied: ‘Yeah, I’m great. I’m on top of the world.’

When Claudia hailed him the ‘smiliest’ contestant, he joked: ‘I’m not smiling now, I’ll be honest with you.’

‘I tried my hardest and I just feel like I let you down,’ he said to his pro.

‘No, you didn’t!’, Luba disagreed instantly.

‘I’m sorry,’ Adam apologised.

Always there to pick up the pieces, Claudia comforted him.

‘It’s week two, they said the choreography was brilliant, they loved the performance, I don’t want you to be hard on yourself.’

Luba also told her celeb partner: ‘I loved dancing it with you, I’m so, so proud, it was amazing.’

‘I tried my best tonight, hopefully, that will be enough,’ noted a deflated Adam.

Taking to Twitter following his performance, Strictly viewers were keen to build Adam back up.


Another wrote: ‘Adam is very hard on himself. It’s always those people who get to the final! He needs to ease the pressure on himself a little though. I enjoyed it!’

Strictly has been far from an easy ride for Adam so far, who has a chronic health condition.

The dad-of-two was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis ahead of the show, an inflammatory autoimmune condition that can impact movement and affect his training.

To manage his condition, Adam has been taking ‘really strong medication’, admitting it’s been ‘tough’ but he’s ‘on the road to recovery’.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Sunday on BBC One and iPlayer.

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