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Strictly's Jayde Adams admits being paired with female pro gives her major advantage

Jayde Adams has admitted that being paired with a female professional on Strictly Come Dancing has given her a major advantage on the BBC show.

The Bristolian comedian, 37, was partnered with pro and fan favourite Karen Hauer, 40, during this evening's launch and has revealed that she told BBC bosses that she didn't mind being paired with either a male or female pro.

However, she has conceded that now she is excited to be paired with a woman as it enables her to do things she wouldn't have previously been able to.

Speaking to the Mirror and other news outlets, she said: "I'm so excited to be with Karen. I left it open to them when I spoke to them. I said, 'I really don't mind.'

Jayde Adams is paired with Karen Hauer (PA)
Jayde is happy to be paired with the pro (PA)

"It does give me an advantage now because I can lift her. If I was with a guy - it ain't my fault, but none of them are rugby player ballroom dancers, are they? So it means that I'll be able to do all of the acrobatic stuff now, which is something I'm super excited about doing because I've got loads of upper body strength and she is so athletic and strong!

"I picked her up when we first met and she went round my waist like a backpack! She's a spider monkey. We're two strong women in totally different ways - our partnership is going to be really exciting."

This year's Strictly cast (PA)

When she was younger, Jayde took part in disco dancing competitions with her late sister Jenna.

"I have rhythm," she said. "I really love the fact that I'm going to surprise people because I do have rhythm. I've got a very obvious handicap, but I have got rhythm and I was a freestyle disco dancer when I was a kid and I used to dance with my sister at our auntie's dance school in Bristol and on top of all the muscle memory that I've got inside of me, which is really important.

"When you've had any sort of training, whatever it is, it's in your muscles and you can access it really quickly. My memory's also really good for repetition as well. The problem with bringing freestyle disco dancing into this, the music is techno and it's not fun to hear.

"So maybe there could be a few runs and kicks but I think we should just stick with Dave Arch and his amazing orchestra and not bring out Robert Miles' Children."

*Strictly airs tomorrow at 6.45pm on BBC One