Strictly: Dan Walker on routine that 'went too far'
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Dan Walker and Strictly Come Dancing partner Nadiya Bychkova sat on the It Takes Two sofa with host Janette Manrara to discuss their American Smooth performance. The BBC Breakfast presenter danced to King of The Road by The Proclaimers last Saturday which secured his place in the competition for another week. Reflecting on the routine, Dan admitted he was worried he “went too far” with his prop cane.
Dan used a cane as a prop for his American Smooth routine last week – and it was the first prop he has used in the competition so far.
At the start of their performance, the 44-year-old body lobbed the cane into the crowd before carrying out a daring lift with Nadiya near the end of the dance.
Appearing on Thursday’s instalment of It Takes Two Janette asked the duo about the risky lift and prop.
Janette said: “We need to talk about the lift, I saw the lift and he’s very tall. That must have been scary and you must really trust him, Nadiya?
The 32-year-old pro replied: “Absolutely, I feel really safe with Dan during the lifts and the reason is that he’s very musical and he understands the timing.
“And because in his normal job he always sits next to someone else, so he has that amazing rhythm and timing when someone else is about to speak.
“It’s the same way with the dancing, so every time we were about to do the lift there’s a connection and I feel so safe.”
A surprised Dan told Nadiya and Janette he’d never thought about his BBC Breakfast job helping his timing.
Janette then addressed the dramatic cane throw, saying: “Dan, you said it yourself there that you were so enthusiastic about the cane that you threw it and thought you may have really hurt someone.”
Janette played the couple a clip a mock clip of a man shouting out in pain after being hit by the prop.
She then reassured viewers that nobody actually got hurt during Dan and Nadiya’s routine.
Dan quipped: “I went too far, it went so far, I’m sorry.
“I was just really in the moment Janette and I was there.”
Dan and Nadiya received a mixed reaction from the judging panel with Craig Revel Horwood scoring them a four, and Anton Du Beke generously handing them a nine.
“Lots of people have spoken to me afterwards about the four, and I actually love getting feedback from the judges,” Dan explained.
“I actually spoke to [Craig] after the programme – at a safe distance in case you’re wondering – to ask if there’s any feedback I could use to take through to next week.
“And [Craig’s] always great at that, it wasn’t the dance that he enjoyed, but most importantly I just hope he’s okay and comes back next week.”
Craig will not be able to judge Saturday night’s instalment of Strictly after testing positive for COVID-19 and needing to isolate.
This weekend marks Musicals Week and Dan is set to dance the Charleston to Good Morning from Singin’ in the Rain.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.45pm and It Takes Two airs weekdays at 6.30pm.
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