James Jordan clears up comments made about Strictly's Peter Andre

Published Monday, Oct 5 2015, 15:39 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
James Jordan has hit out at claims he said Strictly Come Dancing is biased towards Peter Andre, insisting he is actually rooting for the 'Mysterious Girl' singer and his partner Janette Manrara to do well in the competition.

Reports claimed that James (who used to be a Strictly pro) suggested show bosses were favouring Peter, after he hit out at the dad-of-three being given the first and penultimate dance in the last two weeks in the competition. James had tweeted: "I love Peter but I wonder if he will open or close every show? Fairness."

However, the Celebrity Big Brother star has insisted that the meaning of his tweet has been misconstrued, telling followers on Twitter he is actually a big fan of Pete and Janette.

James and Ola Jordan, National Reality TV Awards
30 September

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He tweeted: "Just to put it out there, I am team @MrPeterAndre and @JManrara all the way. Not only for Peter but also Janette, love them both."

James' tweet comes after viewers watched his wife Ola Jordan and her celebrity partner Iwan Thomas become first to be eliminated from this year's competition.

After failing to secure enough public votes to keep them safe and scoring the lowest score on the leaderboard, Ola and Iwan found themselves in the dance off alongside Jamelia and Tristan MacManus.

The two couples danced again for the judges, but it was Jamelia that they chose to save with Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Reveal Horwood voting unanimously.

Following the result, James shared his views, tweeting: "No massive shocks who was in the dance off tonight... Gutted for @Iwanrunner and @The_OlaJordan. Ola told me how sad he was."

And after some took his upset as further criticism of the show, James was forced to explain what he had said.

Explaining his tweet had been misinterpreted, he said: "I said 'It wasn't wasn't a massive shock that Ola and Iwan left the competition'... Well it wasn't as they were bottom of the leaderboard and the worst on the night. How's that a shock??? Nothing implied!"

Ola Jordan and Iwan Thomas, Strictly Come Dancing
4 October


On his exit, Iwan told fans he had "giving it his all" and was "gutted" to be the first to go.

He and Ola took to the ballroom floor to dance the Cha Cha Cha, but failed to score highly from the panel. Len told the sprinter he "lost his finesse" throughout the performance, while Bruno said he appreciated the effort.

Iwan was given a score of 13 and when added to his score for his first dance last week, he found himself at the bottom of the leaderboard with 30 points.

Peter, meanwhile, continued his reign at the top of the leaderboard, scoring yet another 30 points. Boasting a top score of 60 points in total, he managed to fend off competition from both The Wanted's Jay McGuinness and Helen George who finished with 58.

With the likes of Peter, Jay, Jamelia, and Georgia May Foote among the lineup this time round, many, like James, have questioned whether Strictly has too many trained performers in the competition this year.

But defending his place on the show, Peter has now said he is "self-taught" and finds it just as technically difficult as others who have had no performance background.

After James critiqued his performance while watching Strictly on Saturday night (3 October), Peter replied: "@The_JamesJordan I am gutted for Iwan and Ola too. Iwan is a great guy and I love Ola and you bro. I'm self taught so technically not perfect but hope I bring performance to the show :) I'm so grateful to be doing this show :)."

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