Nicola Adams 'Strictly Come Dancing' return in 2021 after 'unfair' exit

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Picture Shows:  Nicola Adams, Katya Jones - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones on Strictly Come Dancing 2020 (BBC)

Olympian Nicola Adams has thrown her hat in the ring to return to Strictly Come Dancing in 2021 as her exit “wasn’t fair”.

The 38-year-old made Strictly history in 2020 by becoming part of the first-ever same-sex pairing with Katya Jones.

However, after less than four weeks in the competition, the duo were forced to drop out after Jones tested positive for coronavirus.

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As a result, Adams has been vocal about feeling like her time on Strictly isn’t done and wants to return to the competition to finish what she started.

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Nicola Adams and Katya Jones ahead of Strictly 2020 launch (BBC)

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV morning show, Adams said: “I’m not sure [if I’m allowed], but I’d love to. Just because of the way that I went out – it wasn’t fair.”

Adams agreed when Kelly suggested she had “unfinished business” with the dance competition.

“I’m a fighter. I’d like to go out on my shield. I would [prefer] to go out on a dance-off than by Covid,” she said.

Nicola Adams during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. Picture date: Thursday November 5, 2020. Photo credit should read: PA Media on behalf of So TV
Nicola Adams on The Graham Norton Show in 2020 (BBC)

Strictly bosses had stated prior to the 2020 series that those testing positive for the coronavirus would not be able to continue in the competition.

Executive producer Sarah James explained ahead of show’s launch: "Unfortunately, if you receive a positive test, that means you wouldn't be able to continue in the competition.

“According to guidelines, you would have to isolate for two weeks and that would rule you out."

Great Britain's Nicola Adams poses on the podium with a gold medal during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016.   / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ        (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Great Britain's Nicola Adams poses on the podium with a gold medal during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

However, they were allowed to perform a one-off special routine together during the finale.

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Adams and Jones chose a tango to Muse track Feelin’ Good, which was the only romantic routine the duo danced during the show’s duration.

The BBC received complaints afterwards that the routine was a ‘blatant projection of homosexuality’, but the network refused to uphold them.

The series was eventually won by Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse - making Bailey the oldest winner ever and Mabuse the first pro to win consecutive series.

Strictly Come Dancing is due to return to BBC One later this year.

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