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Dan Walker’s place in Strictly final ‘sealed’ as he follows in footsteps of finalist

Strictly: Dan Walker reacts to Craig Revel Horwood missing a show

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On Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing, the remaining celebrities will take to the dance floor in a bid to impress the judges. Last weekend, Sara Davies was eliminated from the BBC competition after landing in the bottom two with Tilly Ramsay. Despite facing backlash from viewers about still being in the show, Dan Walker could have sealed himself a place in the final due to his song choice for Musicals Week.

The BBC Breakfast presenter and his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova will perform the Charleston to Good Morning from Singin’ in the Rain.

Dan could follow in the footsteps of former BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid after she bagged herself a spot in the final dancing to the same song.

The GMB host and her dance partner Kevin Clifton took part in the show in 2013.

The duo ended up in the final of the competition following their Quickstep routine.

However, Susanna just missed out on the Glitterball Trophy after Abbey Clancy won the competition.

Last weekend, Dan received his highest score of the series from the judges after performing the American Smooth.

Judge Anton du Beke also gave the presenter his first score of nine.

Despite the positive reaction, Craig Revel Horwood told Dan the routine “lacked any feeling”.

He told him: “I thought there was a desperate lack of style throughout the whole thing.”

However, head judge Shirley Ballas thought differently, as she continued: “From beginner to lobster, from lobster to out here in [your] tails, lifting and going.

“We asked you a few weeks ago, shift your butt and move, you did that you attempted it today very well, Anton and I were in shock.”

Despite the negative comments Dan has received online, the dad-of-three took to social media earlier this week to thank his followers for their support.

Dan tweeted in view of his 729,800 followers some of the responses he has received since Saturday’s show.

He penned: “I know we tend to concentrate on the negative but, overwhelmingly, these are the sort of messages I get about #Strictly every day.

“It’s very special to be a small part of a show that means so much to so many people.

“Thanks for all the support.”

According to the bookmakers, EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis is currently the favourite to win the show.

John Whaite and AJ Odudu follow the soap star will odds of 6/1 and 15/2.

Gambling.com spokesperson Darren Hughes said: “Another weekend of ballroom action resulted in the same old story for Strictly viewers, as Rose Ayling-Ellis once again wowed judges and fans alike, as well as punters- the EastEnders actress is now just 1/4 to win the 2021 series, the shortest price anyone has ever been at this stage of the contest.”

He continued: “Entrepreneur Sara Davies was shown the door over the weekend, losing out to Tilly Ramsay in a dance-off, and it seems the most interesting betting market going forward will be which celeb will be the next eliminated- Ayling-Ellis looks to have the top prize sewn up.”

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 6.35pm on ITV.

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