Nick Knowles divides fans as he defends Tony Adams after Strictly exit

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Nick Knowles, 60, did not shy away from defending Tony Adams, 56, after the latest instalment of hit BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing. Viewers were left outraged after the former Arsenal captain avoided the dreaded dance-off after having consistently landed near the bottom of the leaderboard since week one.

Following Ellie’s departure during Sunday’s show, Nick took to Twitter on Monday to share his views on the backlash Tony has received.

He tweeted: “Can I just point out to everyone @bbcstrictly is an entertainment show not strictly a dancing competition – otherwise those that went to drama college & learned dance would have an unfair advantage over those that never have.

“It’s the one who connects with the audience that wins,” Nick concluded.

But social media user PeartonTrev countered Nick’s argument by accusing him of questioning the “integrity” of Strictly.

The Twitter user penned: “What bravery, taking on both Red Bull/Max fans and daring to question the integrity of Strictly. Who next?

“Just don’t point out the flaws in Bake off (filmed in summer but they make Pru and Paul wear thick coats for the Halloween bit).”

Retweeting the response, Nick defended himself, reiterating that the show was not only about being a good dancer.

Nick wrote: “I’m not questioning its integrity at all – I’m just saying it’s an entertainment show.

“People seem to be getting very upset the best dancers aren’t necessarily getting through but if it was a dancing competition only then it would be full of only professional dancers.”

Earlier today, Nick logged onto the social media platform again to urge people against sending Tony nasty comments.

Nick penned: “Can I just point out to all of you getting your knickers in a twist & saying unpleasant things about #TonyAdams or his dancing @bbcstrictly

“He’s brave enough to try, lives in my village, is a lovely guy AND has family & kids & maybe u might think about them before you tweet?” (sic)

But despite the controversy, Tony shared an emotional farewell to Ellie in an Instagram post shared on Sunday.

He shared a picture of the pair sharing a hug after they had performed their dances with their respective couples. 

Following the news of her exit, he wrote: “Ellie Simmonds is THE most remarkable woman I have ever met.

“What an honour to share a Strictly dance floor. Will SO miss our chats.” (sic)

Ellie was placed in the bottom two alongside her partner Nikita Kuzmin, and the couple were forced to compete in the dance-off against Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu.

Ellie and Nikita’s fate was particularly surprising, considering how the fabulous Charleston they danced on Saturday night earned them their highest score of the series yet with 33 points. 

After the pairs danced, however, all four judges agreed to send Ellie and Nikita home.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One at 7pm.

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