Strictly: Dan Walker sends thank you message to ‘amazing’ wife
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Dan Walker and Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova managed to avoid the dance-off after coming 13th on the leaderboard during Saturday’s show. The pair failed to win over the judges with their Sleeping Beauty inspired routine but they seemed to have been a hit with viewers of the BBC programme as they were given a pass to dance in week four of the competition. Unfortunately, two of his co-stars, Katie McGlynn and Judi Love, were in the firing line to make an exit and he was “gutted” for them.
Speaking with host Claudia Winkleman after being saved by the public vote, Dan was asked by the presenter: “Left there until the end. How nervous were you?”
The BBC Breakfast star replied: “I’m just a bit gutted for Katie and Judi because we’re all getting on incredibly well.
“They are wonderful human beings and no one wants to be in that dance off so I wish them all the best,” he continued before thanking the viewers at home for ensuring he didn’t make an early exit.
“Also, just to say, thank you to people keeping us in because I was fully expecting to be Foxtrotting again so thank you very much.
“You [Nadiya] were brilliant, I will try and do better next time,” he remarked before Claudia referenced his wife, Sarah.
“I know you want to acknowledge your wife Sarah because she has become Wonder Woman,” the presenter said to the contestant.
“Well, while I’ve been in training with Nadiya, she’s been looking after three kids and doing everything school-related, taking the bins out,” Dan explained.
“Basically doing the entire rest of the work of the family. She’s amazing and thank you [Sarah] for allowing me to come here and learn to dance.
“I don’t know how long it will last but I will do the bins as soon as I can,” he said before revealing what he and Nadiya will be dancing to next week.
The pair will be taking on a Cha Cha Cha to the track, Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer.
Will do the bins as soon as I can
Unfortunately, whilst Dan was saved from elimination, Katie and Judi had to perform their routines from Saturday night again.
Although the judges said both couples had improved three of the four chose to save the Loose Woman star, meaning Katie and her professional partner, Gorka Marquez, were sent home.
The pair were in the dance-off last weekend and although they tried to thill with their Cruella De Vill performance, they failed to make an impact.
They were the second couple to leave the competition after former EastEnders star Nina Wadia was eliminated first alongside Neil Jones.
Taking to Twitter after the results show, Dan posted a video of him and Nadiya speaking from their dressing room and the pair said they were “relieved” to have good through.
“Well, that was not nice, was it?” the journalist said, before adding: “That was a bit of a weird one but relieved.
“I’m, really sad to see Katie go because she has been lovely and kind and friendly and someone who is wonderful to talk to and did brilliantly as Cruella De Ville.
“It’s a cruel old part of the programme but we are so thankful to sneak through,” he added, as Nadiya took over.
“We know our performance wasn’t perfect but thanks to you, you gave us another week, another week of amazing times teaching Dan,” she said.
Dan replied: “I’m really enjoying learning from you and I’ve got so much to learn. You keep saying there is something in there and we need to find it.
“So thank you for the opportunity to have another week,” he continued, with fans over the moon to see him remain in the competition.
Martin wrote on Twitter: “Huge congratulations to you both focus on the good elements of the routine and move on to next week – Smash it.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.
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