Nicola Adams Reveals Why She Finally Said Yes To Strictly, After Turning Them Down For Years Before

The Olympic boxer had two conditions for signing up for Strictly Come Dancing this year.

Nicola Adams has revealed she turned down Strictly Come Dancing numerous times in past years, before finally signing up in 2020.

The Olympic gold medalist is currently one of 11 celebrities still in this year’s competition, making history as one half of the show’s first ever same-sex partnership.

“I’ve been asked every year, but I always had training commitments,” Nicola told Graham Norton in an interview set to air on Friday night, before adding: “This is the first time I [was available].”

Nicola Adams on The Graham Norton Show
Nicola Adams on The Graham Norton Show
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Nicola also revealed the two conditions she gave the BBC before joining this year’s line-up.

The first was that she wanted to dance with a female professional. The other?

I wasn’t going to wear a dress,” she revealed.

The boxer has been partnered with former Strictly champion Katya Jones on this year’s series, and last week the two won praise for their Couple’s Choice routine, set to the Years & Years track Shine.

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones on the Strictly dance floor last week
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones on the Strictly dance floor last week
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On Saturday night, the two will be performing a Jive to Greased Lightnin’, as part of Strictly’s annual Movie Week special.

Speaking ahead of her Strictly debut, Nicola admitted she didn’t think it was a “big deal” that she’d be performing with a woman, insisting: “I didn’t see what the big deal would be with pairing with another female.

“You go to nightclubs and girls dance with girls all the time, professional dancers dance with girls all the time, so I don’t think it’s a big deal.”

See Nicola’s interview in full on The Graham Norton Show at 10.45pm on BBC One.