Strictly’s Tony Adams breaks silence over furious row with partner Katya and admits she can be ‘over critical’


STRICTLY Come Dancing star Tony Adams has admitted dance partner Katya Jones can be “over critical” as he addressed their on-screen row.

The former footballer, 56, and Strictly Come Dancing pro Katya, 33 – known for training her stars hard to get the best out of them – were spotted in a heated argument on Saturday night.

Strictly Come Dancing star Tony Adams has addressed his apparent heated exchange with dance partner Katya Jones

The pair were caught exchanging lively words as Saturday’s show played out

Their apparent spat came about after Tony suffered some missed-steps and forgotten moves during their lively salsa.

They were saved by the public on Sunday’s show – which saw Ellie Simmonds sent home.

Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid raised the row issue, and said fans were concerned the duo weren’t getting on.

Ex Arsenal ace told her: “We always argue.”

Katya then interjected as she joked: “We just don’t like each other at all.”

Tony continued: “Sometimes when I miss a step, she is over critical at times.

“I am here to have a good time.”

He then suggested they should find a “balance” between him not forgetting the steps and being able to enjoy himself.

Good Morning Britain host Ed, who himself was paired with Katya on the ITV show, stuck up for his pal and said she was only trying to get the best out of Tony.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the pair were seen having an intense exchange of words in the background as hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly ended the show.

The “row” came after Katya admitted shouting at him for making mistakes during their salsa performance on Strictly Come Dancing tonight.

Former footballer Tony struggled through the dance after starting on the wrong foot.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said: “You made too many mistakes. They were one after the other.”

Craig Revel Horwood added: “You had a good go, but no it didn’t work tonight. It’s a shame.”

While Motsi Mabuse encouraged disheartened Tony, saying: “Stuff goes wrong in life and you have to pick up our crown and go back out there and salsa it out.”

Explaining what had gone wrong to Claudia, Tony said: “I was too busy having fun, Claudia.

“The crowd was all up and it was great, then I looked down there [at my feet] and thought ‘oh sugar, what’s going on there’.

“I looked at her face and she went ‘oh my god’.”

Katya Jones admitted she then angrily shouted “focus” at the football legend.

While Tony made his co-stars laugh about what had happened, Katya remained stony-faced.

Tony said his partner could be ‘over critical’ of his routines

GMB host Ed Balls – who was previously paired with Katya on Strictly – defended his pal and said she was trying to get the best out of Tony

Tony and Katya performed a salsa on Saturday