Adam Thomas talks about joining the Strictly line-up
Although Adam Thomas was recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, that hasn’t stopped him from enjoying his Strictly Come Dancing experience.
The former Emmerdale star was told he has rheumatoid arthritis last month after having tests throughout the year.
Confessing he’s not been able to train properly ahead of the BBC dance show airing, it looks as though the 35-year-old is still giving it his all.
His older brother and past Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, has revealed how the family are supporting Adam ahead of his grand debut.
Speaking to Metro, the actor gave an insight into how Adam is finding his Strictly journey so far.
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Ryan said: “He’s doing everything with a smile on his face. He loves a challenge and as a family, we’re really, really proud of him and we’ll be with him until the very end.”
Although it’s not yet been made public who Adam will be coupled up with in the series, the launch show has already been pre-recorded, meaning the actor has been in rehearsals with his partner.
According to Ladbrokes, Adam’s odds to win currently stand at 11/1 with Angela Scanlon and Bobby Brazier storming ahead at 7/2.
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When asked if he thinks Adam would be raising the Glitterball this year, Ryan said: “He’s gonna try his very hardest and he’s gonna enjoy every minute of it. That’s all you can ask from somebody.
‘“As long as he challenges himself and he’s enjoying it, that’s all we want and all we can ask as a family.”
Before his Strictly debut, Adam confessed he signed up for the show in order to get fit and move again, not letting his diagnosis get in the way.
Sharing more about his condition on Instagram, the 35-year-old detailed how his symptoms first started in his knees before moving to his wrists, fingers and ankles.
Touching on the diagnosis in his post, he wrote: “It really couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m a firm believer of everything happening for a reason.
“I know the journey I’ve been on was meant to happen, to never take small things for granted.
“I know it’s going to be tough and I’ve definitely got my work cut out but I am up for the challenge and can not wait to get on that dancefloor.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs on September 16 on BBC One from 6:35pm
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