September signals the return of Strictly Come Dancing - with Bristol poised to see if one of our own will triumph in the show’s 20th series.
Award-winning comedian Jayde Adams, from Bedminster, was announced as a contestant on the show in early August when she was performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Good Omens star used to dance competitively with her sister Jenna, who tragically passed away in 2011, and has been a big fan of the BBC One - cast list and how to watch">BBC One show since it first aired in 2004.
But what are Jayde’s chances of taking home the Glitterball Trophy for Bristol?
Has Strictly Come Dancing been delayed over Queen’s funeral?
The new series of the dance competition was due to return to the small screen on September 17, two days before Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral on September 19.
The late monarch’s death has triggered a delay to the launch show date out of respect, with the first show rescheduled for September 23, followed by the first live show on September 24.
Who is Jayde Adams?
As a child, Adams attended several youth theatre groups in Bristol, including Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre, but never formally trained in acting or singing.
She moved to Wales in 2004 to study Drama, Theatre and Media at the University of Glamorgan.
She made her acting debut in Russell Howard’s 2015 comedy-drama A Gert Lush Christmas.
But perhaps one of her biggest television appearances came starring as Julia Petley alongside Michael Sheen, David Tennent, Jack Whitehall and Miranda Richardson in the Amazon Prime adaptation of Good Omens, written by The Sandman author Neil Gaiman and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett.
Jayde is an ardent supporter of the LGBT community, having started her live performance career at drag bars such as the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Jayde often cites the LGBT community in London as the reason she found confidence after the death of her sister Jenna in 2011.
Could Jayde Adams win Strictly Come Dancing 2022?
Jayde may have to work hard to pull it out of the bag as unfortunately, Betfair place her at a low chance of winning the show with odds of 13/1.
Hopefully the bookies have underestimated Jayde and she will prove the dark horse this year, especially with dancing experience already under her belt.
Lagging behind Jayde are TV and radio personality Richie Anderson (20/1), Eastenders actor James Bye (25/1), wildlife camerman Hamza Yassin (33/1), ex-footballer Tony Adams (40/1) and TV presenter Kay Adams (50/1).
Singer-songwriter, rapper and radio presenter Fleur East is the current favourite at the bookies with odds of 10/3.
Who are the 15 confirmed contestants?
- Will Mellor - Actor
- Kym Marsh - Actress, singer and TV presenter
- Richie Anderson - TV and radio personality
- Kaye Adams - TV presenter
- Jayde Adams - Comedian and actress
- Ellie Simmonds - Swimmer and TV presenter
- Tyler West - DJ and TV presenter
- Matt Goss - Singer and actor
- Ellie Taylor - Comedian and actress
- Molly Rainford - Singer and actress
- Tony Adams - Ex-footballer
- Fleur East - Radio presenter and singer
- Hamza Yassin - Wildlife cameraman and presenter
- James Bye - EastEnders’ Martin Fowler
- Helen Skelton - TV and radio presenter
Who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2021?
The pair landed a BAFTA TV award after producing one of the show’s most memorable moments.
In the the middle of their dance to Clean Bandit’s Symphony, the sound was cut to reflect deaf contestant Rose’s experience of the emotionally-charged routine.
When does Strictly Come Dancing 2022 start?
Strictly Come Dancing returns with a launch show on Saturday, September 24 on BBC One.
How can I watch Strictly Come Dancing 2022?
The show airs on BBC One on Saturday at 7.05pm and Sunday nights at 7.20pm when the results are revealed.
There is always the option to catch up through the BBC iPlayer. You can also catch up on all the highlights, or lowlights, by visiting the official Strictly Come Dancing page on the BBC website.
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