Shock as series favorite is forced to step down

Adams has also used this great platform to discuss his recovery from addiction and bring attention to his two mental health charities: Sporting Chance and SIX MHS. Unlike some politician whose motives for joining a reality show are clearly dubious, Adams has turned his prime-time fame into an opportunity to help others. What a good egg.

And though he trained in earnest, working hard with his partner (and genius-mad choreographer) Katya Jones, he wasn’t afraid to laugh at himself — and give us all a well-deserved laugh, too. That’s why the manner of his exit is so bittersweet: It would have been wonderful to see Adams speak one last time, proving that anyone can have a shot.

Praises from the judges

The panel was quick to criticize Adams: Craig Revel Horwood called Saturday night’s jive a “technical disahhhster.” But Chief Justice Shirley Ballas had very kind words for him as he left, congratulating him for giving us “100% [his] heart.”

She added, “You grew week after week after week, becoming one of the nation’s favorite entertainers. On behalf of the judges, we enjoyed watching every second, you really are what this show is all about. We can only wish you the best for the future. Please keep dancing, keep entertaining people, because you are a star.

Earlier in the show, when Adams learned he was into dancing, even acid-tongued Revel Horwood admitted that he admired the hours Adams put into training and secretly loved his dancing – “I just have to judge him!”

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