By Aoife Hanna
Strictly Come Dancing fans have already marked Adam Peaty as one to watch, as his performance reminds them of a former champ whose performances also left the judges in a tizzy!
Adam's moves left Strictly Come Dancing 2021 judges Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood all a fluster as his impressive cha cha skills with his professional partner Katya Jones left everyone speechless.
The Olympic swimmer wowed the judges from the very beginning of his performance and many have drawn comparisons between him and Kelvin Fletcher, who won the glitterball trophy back in 2019.
Kelvin, an actor on Emmerdale, similarly grabbed the judges' attention with his enviable dancing skills.
Although the show is already proving a hit with fans, after it was revealed that a Strictly Come Dancing 2021 dancer has contracted COVID-19, the controversy surrounding unvaccinated professional dancers rages on. Adding fuel to the ongoing fire, Strictly Come Dancing's James Jordan slammed 'selfish' anti-vax pro dancers ahead of the first week of competition.
Where have you been hiding those hips Adam Peaty?@adam_peaty @Mrs_katjones #Strictly pic.twitter.com/0bt90zGOJxSeptember 25, 2021
Considering the season is only just kicking off, it's clear the judges were totally blown away by Adam's instant skill and star power on the dancefloor.
Craig Revel-Horwood, who's difficult to please at the best of times, told Adam, "I was glued to every inch of movement darling, you couldn't get my eyes off it I'm afraid. Fantastic, really masculine, strong, going for gold."
Motsi Mabuse said, "I just fell in love with some of those movements. You have such a refreshing energy and charisma. Oh my word, I can't wait for the next 16 weeks!"
Adam Peaty the new Kelvin Fletcher???!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 #Strictly pic.twitter.com/kf4D4GyuQCSeptember 25, 2021
Shirley Ballas said, "It was effortless and it moved in every direction and the back part of the body was oozing and a beautiful shape on the New Yorker chemistry. And at the end when you tossed your little leg over, I am in awe. That is amazing., well done!"
Last but not least, former pro dancer Anton Du Beke added his two cents. He said, "Well I'm not quite sure what you've done to the rest of this panel, but listen, it was incredible. It's tremendous, if you just keep that going throughout the series, you'll be just fine, brilliant."
Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.
She's an Irish journalist and writer with over 1500 bylines and a background in creative writing, comedy and TV production.
Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the soon-to-be-published Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.
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