Strictly's Katya Jones pays sweet tribute to Tony Adams

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Strictly's Katya Jones pays sweet tribute to TonyGuy Levy - BBC

Strictly Come Dancing's Katya Jones has paid tribute to her celebrity partner Tony Adams, after he withdrew from the competition this weekend.

The former Arsenal player and football manager sustained an injury on Saturday night (November 12), and as he was unable to compete in the dance-off, stepped away.

Posting on Instagram following the airing of the results show, Katya shared a series of photos of the duo being silly backstage, and videos of them singing a few classic songs.

In her caption, she wrote: "Oh @tonyadamsofficial! As you know I never stop talking and especially now I have way too much to say. You came into this show with a quest – to deliver an important message.

"Actions speak a thousand words, and you led by example. By throwing yourself into this wild experience, totally surrendering to it, by showing up every single day and doing your absolute best – you connected and resonated with so many people at home. You inspired them, you entertained them, you gave them hope and without a doubt saved lives. You can walk away and proudly say that your mission is complete!"

Going on to say that the experience was much more than just about his message, however, Katya praised how Tony had transformed over the series.

"I don't think you were prepared for what it [would] turn into for yourself. Seeing you challenge yourself day in, day out, overcome fears, open up, evolve and grow as a human has been beautiful to witness.

"To see you learn, become a dancer and enjoy it (eventually) made me very happy. To be there by your side and guide you through this has been an honour. We both know that it’s not been an easy ride physically and emotionally, but for me personally – it has been utterly rewarding. I've gained a friend and the entire family!!"

Katya went on to say that she would miss their backstage "silliness" and she was proud that they "did it our way".

"We took risks. We were fearless and bold. And I applaud you for saying yes every time!

"Just as the nation thought Tony Adams couldn't get any greater, you did All THIS! You've outdone yourself showing what a phenomenal human being you are! A true legend! You showed that everyone deserves a chance, deserves to love and be loved. So you can now quickstep back to saving lives with an extra bounce in your step, extra sparkle and an occasional kick ball change! I will treasure this experience forever."

CBBC presenter Tyler West and his professional partner Dianne Buswell were in the bottom two alongside Tony and Katya, but due to the withdrawal, there wasn't a dance-off and the duo went through to next week's Blackpool special.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One, while spin-off show Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows also stream on BBC iPlayer.

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