Love proving everybody wrong Dan Walker hits back at Strictly backlash11/26/2021
Strictly: Dan Walker says he loves 'proving everybody wrong'
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Appearing on Strictly Come Dancing spin-off show It Takes Two, BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker, 44, told host Rylan Clark-Neal that he enjoys surprising people. Sitting on the chat show sofa alongside professional partner Nadiya Bychkova, Dan explained how he was feeling ahead of his rumba this weekend as he confidently asserted that he’d be back next week having proved everyone wrong. The BBC dance show contestant had come under fire in recent weeks for still being in the competition at the expense of other celebrities.
Answering Rylan’s question about how rumba training had been going, Nadiya explained: “It’s going really well.
“You know, earlier in the week on Monday, Daniel texted me and was like, ‘this is going to be the busiest week of my life’.”
“I’m very busy with work this week,” the broadcaster detailed.
Nadiya continued: “He said ‘but I will learn the rumba’.
“And first, it’s my favourite dance. And you know, it’s very technical, with details. The song is very slow.”
The ballroom and Latin expert continued: “The choreography is not easy.”
Rylan whispered: “Very sensual…”
Continuing, Nadiya added: “But let me tell you this – he’s amazing!”
Impersonating judge Craig Revel-Horwood’s signature compliment, she repeated: “He is am-ma-zing.”
“I cannot wait to see it tomorrow night,” Rylan remarked.
As he was about to dismiss the pair from the sofa, he commented: “I wish you both the best of luck, give it up for-“
Dan cut in as the presenter was about to lead the couple off the set, adding: “By the way-“
“Oh, no more jokes!” Rylan ordered.
Dan continued: “No, very quickly – tell the Friday panel I don’t mind if we get three paddles this week.
“We love the triple-paddle, and we’ll love coming in next week and proving everybody wrong, so come on!”
The presenter responded: “Oh, it’s going to be awkward – it’s going to be awkward!”
Dan has previously spoken out following a backlash from some viewers who feel other contestants should’ve remained in the contest in his place.
The likes of Tom Fletcher, Adam Peaty and Sara Davies have all left in recent weeks, despite consistently racking up higher spots on the leaderboard than Dan.
Taking to Twitter earlier this month, Dan hit back: “Please don’t shout at me I’m having an amazing time, my kids are delighted & it’s only a TV show!
“For those asking, I don’t know who is voting for us (probably not Craig) but we’re incredibly thankful to everyone who is.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.55pm on BBC One, while Strictly – It Takes Two airs weekdays at 6.30pm on BBC Two.
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