‘I expected it to be a fortnight’ Strictly’s Dan Walker can’t believe he is still on show

The One Show: Dan says Sheffield cabbie has looked after Nadiya

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Dan Walker, 44, and Strictly Come Dancing partner Nadiya Bychkova, 32, have made it through to Week 10 on the show after performing the Charleston last weekend. The BBC Breakfast presenter only expected to be on the show a “fortnight”, however he cannot thank fans enough for the continued support. 

Now it’s been 10 weeks!

Dan Walker

In order for Dan to carry on doing his day job on BBC Breakfast, Nadiya has had to move to Sheffield in order for the pair to practise. 

Speaking on The One Show about it, he said: “Nadia is obviously having to stay in Sheffield quite a bit away from her family. 

“So when she moved up there for the first part of each week we’ve been in. 

“I only expected it to be a fortnight but now it’s been 10 weeks.” 

The BBC presenter then told The One Show hosts about a “lovely cabby” who has been looking after Nadiya while she is away from home. 

Dan’s comment on the show comes after he received backlash for making it through another week on Strictly. 

Last week’s performance scored the duo 31 out of 40 points, the couple’s best, however they were still at the bottom of the leaderboard with Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden. 

In the dance off Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu were saved, with Amy and Tom being sent home. 

Following Sunday’s result show, Dan received many negative comments questioning while he was still on the show. 

The presenter made sure not to let it get him down, focusing 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.” 

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. 

Taking to Instagram, he said being a part of the series had been a “true privilege”. 

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. 

“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 beyond me. I just want to learn as many dances as possible.” 

You can watch Dan on Strictly this Saturday at 6.55pm on BBC One. 

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