Strictly Come Dancing's Dan Walker Has A Reminder For Critics After Swerving The Dance-Off Once Again

The BBC Breakfast host has proved to be a controversial figure among Strictly fans.
Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova performing the Rumba
Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova performing the Rumba
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Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker is once again brushing off criticism from viewers after managing to last another week without landing in the dance-off.

The BBC Breakfast presenter is by far the lowest-scoring celebrity left in this year’s Strictly, and on Saturday night landed second from bottom of the leaderboard.

Despite this, he and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova have landed enough support from the public to have avoided being in the bottom two every single week, including in Sunday night’s results show.

After once again sailing through to the next stage of the competition, Dan revealed he’d come under fire from some fans of the show, but made it clear he wasn’t going to allow their comments to get him down.

Dan has made it through another week without landing in the dance-off
Dan has made it through another week without landing in the dance-off
BBC/Ray Burmiston

He tweeted: “Thank you to everyone who is sending lovely messages and enjoying us having fun on Strictly... and to the few who say… ‘Just leave’, ‘Aren’t you ashamed?’, ‘You’re a disgrace’, ‘It’s a fix’ (which I don’t get) or ‘Who is voting for them?’... IT’S A TV SHOW!”

On Sunday night, viewers saw Tilly Ramsay and Rhys Stephenson landing in the bottom two, with each of them having to perform their routine a second time to defend their place in the contest.

However, it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Tilly, after her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin suffered a wardrobe malfunction when he tried to completely ditch his shirt in the middle of the routine.

Eventually, the judges unanimously voted to send Tilly and Nikita home, meaning Rhys has made it to the quarter-finals.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday night at 6.40pm on BBC One.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Dan had landed at the bottom of this week’s leaderboard when this was, in fact, Tilly Ramsay.


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