Tony Adams: Who is the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestant and what is he famous for?

It’s time to put on the dancing shoes… Be sure to come dance is back.

The hit BBC reality series has a whole new roster of contestants set to compete in 2022, including TV presenters, athletes and pop stars.

You can see the full line-up here.

Among the contestants competing for the Glitterball trophy this year is Tony Adams. He is coupled with Katya Jones.

But who is Adams and what did he say about the show? Strict?

Adams is a former professional footballer and manager who spent his entire playing career at Arsenal between 1983 and 2002.

Adams, the club’s captain, was commemorated with a statue at the team’s current ground, Emirates Stadium.

In his managerial career, Adams took charge of teams such as Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Spanish club Granada. In 1999 he received an MBE.

Adams and partner Katya Jones

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Adams has a well-documented history of addiction. His 1998 book, AddictedDuring his playing days, he reflects on his descent into alcoholism.

Speaking of in front of him Strict Speaking on stage, Adams said: “I’ve been asked to come a few times, I’m retired now and I thought the time was right. I’ve had some health issues in recent years and worked too hard.

“Recently I decided to put my feet up and watch my kids grow up, I’m now free from addiction and free to do whatever I want. So I decided to learn a new skill, dancing! It looks like a fun show so I’m looking forward to it.”

Adams was at the bottom of the rankings in weeks one, two and three Stricthowever, managed to avoid elimination – suggesting he must be doing something right in the eyes of viewers.

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A strong performance in week four was followed by another low-scoring week, but Adams still survived.

However, his Halloween week dance caused a stir among the judges. Disguised as a devil, Adams performed a quickstep to The Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

In week seven, Adams received even more negative remarks from the judges and received a score of 21.

In week eight, Adams completed the jive. He found it “very physically demanding,” which may have had something to do with those crazy roles, but the crowd absolutely went wild. He scored 24.

Be sure to come dance continues every Saturday and Sunday on BBC One. Tony Adams: Who is the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestant and what is he famous for?


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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