James Jordan wades into Strictly ‘kissgate’ between Adam Peaty and Katya Jones

Former Strictly star James Jordan has joined the show’s “kissgate” controversy by admitting that he almost locked lips with his dance partners.

On Saturday night, viewers were shocked when Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, right, looked like he was about to give Katya Jones a smacker during their dance.

Now James, who was paired up with Denise Van Outen, Alex Jones and Pamela Stephenson when he was on the BBC show, claims it is easy to get caught up in a passionate dance.

He said: “There’s been times where my lips were almost touching my partner. You are selling the moment.”

Dance duos Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima, plus Oti Mabuse and Ugo Monye, have all recently shared harmless kisses.

Adam and his dancing partner have both insisted that they were “just acting” when they almost kissed on air.

Speaking to Zoe Ball on Radio 2, Katya said: “The judges kept saying we’re not connecting the emotion to the dance” and that the choreographers urged the pair to “keep the intensity throughout the entire dance and at the end”.

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“So we made them proud,” the dancer quipped.

Adam chimed in to say: “It’s being believable, isn’t it?”

“You don’t want to do a dance like that and not do it justice because you haven’t switched on at the end.

He went on: “That’s what I think some people get carried away with. But, hey ho, that’s life, isn’t it?”

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Adam recently took to Twitter to post a scathing warning to the those followers who accused him of falling prey to the Strictly curse.

He began: “My favourite dance so far. Thank you to everyone who has sent supporting messages! I loved it.”

He then continued: "To everyone who wants to see what they want, your comments have real life consequences. I will not be overcome or lowered by your gossip.

“Protect your energy.”

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