Strictly Come Dancing Fans Crying Happy Tears As Nicola Adams And Katya Jones' Same-Sex Dance
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Nicola Adams and Katya Jones made Strictly Come Dancing history last night, as they were the first same-sex dance partners to compete on the show.
The pair made their dance-floor debut with a Quickstep to Judy Garland classic 'Get Happy'.
With 31-year-old Jones' killer choreography, Olympic champion Adams, 37, was a firm favourite with the judges, scoring an impressive 21 out of 30 for her first dance.
The momentous occasion saw a number of viewers take to Twitter to celebrate Strictly's trailblazing moment.
"History was made last night when Olympian Boxer Nicola Adams danced with Katya Jones as Strictly Come Dancing's first same sex couple," one Strictly fan said.
"It was fabulous. Representation is so important for all the children watching. You can't be what you can't see."
omg i'm proper crying katya & nicola did so good i don't wanna hear a bad word about them- bethany (@diannesjoe) October 24, 2020
BRB just sobbing watching Nicola and Katya quickstep over my heart- Mr Clark (@mrclark94) October 24, 2020
History was made last night when Olympian Boxer Nicola Adams danced with Katya Jones as Strictly Come Dancing's first same sex couple. It was fabulous. Representation is so so important for all the children watching. You can't be what you can't see. #BHM2020 pic.twitter.com/tNkxaRKJNK
- CrisMcG (@RiversideCris) October 25, 2020
Another added: "Seeing Nicola and Katya on Strictly was a beautiful and inspiring moment tonight. I feel so seen."
nicola and katya have just made strictly history THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
- nat ' fan (@buswelljoe) October 24, 2020
"The first person I see complaining about Nicola and Katya dancing can have a sprinkle of glitter and a lamp thrown at them so they can lighten the heck up!" A third cheered. "Go on girls!"
Great, Nicola and Katya. I smiled all the way through! #Strictly
- Jay ~ RedSailsInTheSunset⁷ (@HomeSafelyToMe) October 24, 2020
"I loved it and it made me cry happy tears!" a fourth fan wrote.
Boxing gold medallist Adams has been vocal about being the first contestant in a same-sex couple.
Calling the idea of traditional mixed-sex partners "dated", she told Attitude magazine: "The older generation, obviously, they see that it should be a man and woman dancing. But that's from traditions that were way long ago.
"We can't hold onto these old traditions; you can't just get rid of some traditions and then decide, oh, this one's okay, we'll keep this one.
"We need to be forward thinking and moving forward, otherwise women's aspirations would still be just to aspire to marriage. We're so past that now. There is so much more we can do."
She continued: "It's about time, and I'm happy that I'm able to be that person to push it forward and just get everyone over that first initial step."
Fans were thrilled to have Strictly back on TV, with the programme having been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and now following stringent social distancing rules.
YouTuber HRVY topped the leaderboard with his Jive to Faith with Janettte Manrara. Elsewhere, former cabinet minister Jacqui Smith failed to impress with her Foxtrot alongside partner Anton Du Beke.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One.
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