‘I won’t be watching’ James Jordan issues apology as he skips Strictly final

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James Jordan told his 298,000 followers on Twitter that he already made plans with his daughter, Ella, who he plans on taking to a Christmas event. 

“So tonight is the #strictly Final. Unfortunately tonight I won’t be watching live as we are taking Ella to see Father Christmas,” the former Strictly dancing pro wrote. 

I won’t be watching live as we are taking Ella to see Father Christmas

James Jordan

“I know the show will still be a great one and I feel this year’s Strictly has been up there as one of the best. Good luck to both couples.”

James has been very vocal throughout the latest series of Strictly, having utilised his social media platforms to weigh in with his thoughts on the dance routines from this year’s contestants. 

Last month, the father of one found himself in hot water after branding one of Rose Ayling-Ellis performances as “average”.

The latter had dedicated her dance to the Deaf community as she performed a Quickstep to Love Is An Open Door from Frozen The Musical in Strictly’s Musicals Week.

And though the actress received plenty of praise from the judges and viewers at home, James certainly wasn’t one of them.

In an interview with HELLO! magazine, the 43-year-old said: “I think we’ve seen such great things from this pairing, that our expectations were set extremely high.”

His wife Ola continued: “Last week we said Rose deserved to go all the way to the final and take home the glitterball, but this week’s performance felt a little average from them.”

As many fans took to Twitter to slam Ola and James for their remarks, a rep issued a statement to clarify that the couple had not “lashed out” at Rose for giving a performance they considered to have been average.

It was simply in comparison to what she and her dance partner had brought to the show in previous weeks.

“James and Ola’s Hello column is incredibly popular because of its honesty and insight and they have been firm supporters of Rose throughout the series,” a rep shared.

“They have never “lashed out” at Rose or anyone and they haven’t been “slammed” by anyone either. 

“James and Ola always give their honest personal opinions each week on each dance with no agenda, and this week is no exception.”


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On Friday, it was announced that TV presenter AJ Odudu had to forfeit her place in the competition after suffering a foot injury earlier this week. 

Hours after the bombshell news, AJ and her dance partner Kai Widdrington appeared on It Takes Two to express their sorrow in not getting to compete in tonight’s final. 

At one point, Kai broke down in tears as his Strictly partner answered Rylan Clark-Neil’s question on her initial reaction to finding out she wouldn’t be physically ready to compete in Saturday’s show.

“I thought as long as it was not a fracture, we’re good to go!”, adding that she soon realised “it became too risky and too dangerous” upon speaking to her medical team about it. 

“Do you know what, we had the best time and on Monday we rehearsed and we were just excited like: ‘Right, we’re going to do the jive, we’re going to do the Charleston, what a way to end our experience.’

She continued: “My ankle’s given way and my ligament has ruptured and it’s just not gonna happen. We’re gutted because we were ready to smash it.

“This isn’t the way that we wanted to go out, obviously, but even just looking back at all of those moments, it’s just been an absolute pleasure dancing with Kai every single week, so thank you.”

Strictly’s grand final airs tonight at 7.10 pm on BBC One.

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