Strictly: Dan Walker opens up on prop drama with audience
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Dan Walker, 44, and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Nadiya Bychkova, 32, have made it through to week 10 after performing a Charleston routine this weekend. The dancing duo received 31 out of 40 points for their efforts, which put them at the bottom of the leaderboard with Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden.
Tonight, the latter pair left the show after judges chose to save Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu instead.
Following the result, Dan received negative comments about still having a place on the show.
However, not letting it get to him, the presenter focused on the positive messages he had received instead.
Alongside screenshots of the comments, he wrote: “I’m well aware that some people are furious that I’m still dancing, and that’s fine.
“I have never posted any of the thousands of positive messages we get every single week but, in the interests of balance, thank you to everyone who sends stuff like this. See you next week.”
One fan messaged Dan to tell him they thought he was inspiring.
Another said their children loved watching him and Nadiya perform each week.
Ahead of the latest show, bookmakers BetVictor stated that he was the favourite to leave.
However, the BBC Breakfast star has continued to beat the odds and remains in the competition.
It’s not the first time he has addressed backlash about his place on the show.
Earlier this month, he was inundated with support after a newspaper article had the headline, ‘How is TV Dan still in show?’
Taking to Instagram, he said being a part of the series had been a “true privilege”.
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He added: “When I’ve watched Strictly in the past I have always liked seeing great dancers but also those who learn to love it and are working hard to improve every week.
“It’s a TV show and not the world championships.
“I never thought I would be able to do some of the things Nadiya has taught me. She has given me a confidence that I thought was way beyond me. I just want to learn as many dances as possible.”
Still in the running to win the Glitterball trophy are; Dan and Nadiya, AJ and Kai, Rose and Giovanni, Tilly and Nikita, John and Johannes, Rhys and Nancy.
Away from Strictly, Dan is showing his support for his former co-star Louise Minchin on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2021.
Louise left the show after 20 years back in September.
Taking to Twitter tonight, he predicted his friend will do well on the show as she’s “good at everything”.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next week at 6.55pm on BBC One.
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