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Meet Dan Walker: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant and BBC Breakfast presenter

Here's everything you need to know about Dan Walker as he entertains the nation on Strictly.

Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker
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Published: Friday, 3rd December 2021 at 1:10 pm

Dan Walker is heading into the Strictly Come Dancing quarter-finals this weekend, alongside his professional dance partner Nadiya Bychkova.

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Walker has faced a lot of criticism on the show, with some fans calling for him to be booted out.

Dan has addressed his Strictly backlash and our columnist Ian Waite previously came to Dan's defence, saying: "I’m not surprised people are voting for him because they can empathise that he hasn’t had any experience before and they can see improvement week on week.”

Despite the negative comments, Craig Revel Horwood thinks Dan Walker could make the Strictly Come Dancing final, as he explained why fans are keeping Dan in the competition.

The Strictly Come Dancing songs and dances have been revealed for Week 11, and Dan will be doing a Tango to Santa Maria by Gotan Project.

But, will it be enough to take him to the semi-finals?

Here's everything you need to know about Dan Walker as his Strictly journey continues.

Who is Dan Walker?

Dan Walker, Football Focus host
Dan Walker, Football Focus host

Age: 44

Job: Presenter

Partnered with: Nadiya Bychkova

Instagram: @mrdanwalker

Twitter: @mrdanwalker

Dan Walker is a journalist, newsreader and presenter.

He's best known for presenting BBC Breakfast from 2016. He recently stepped down as the host of Football Focus after 12 years on the show.

He also presents shows on BBC Radio 5 Live and has presented Sportsday on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News, as well as being a regular reporter for Final Score and Match of the Day.

Dan's Strictly journey

Scoreboard

Week One: Quickstep (5 + 5 + 7 + 7) = 24

Week Two: Paso Doble (7 + 6 + 6 + 7) = 26

Week Three: Foxtrot (3 + 5 + 7 + 6) = 21

Week Four: Cha Cha (5 + 7 + 7 + 7) = 26

Week Five: Viennese Waltz (7 + 7 + 7 + 7) = 28

Week Six: Jive (5 + 8 + 7 + 7) = 27

Week Seven: Couple’s Choice (6 + 7 + 8 + 7) = 28

Week Eight: Couple’s Choice (6 + 7 + 8 + 7) = 28

Week Nine: Charleston (7 + 8 + 8 + 8) = 31

Week 10: Rumba (6 + 9 + 8 + 8) = 31

Dan admitted he was feeling "terrified" about stepping onto the dance floor, so let's hope those nerves are tempered now that he has a couple of performances under his sparkly belt.

After the news was announced that he'd be joining the show, he said: "I am definitely excited, a little bit worried, mostly terrified and a small part of me is considering going into hiding!

“My kids have only ever asked me to go on two shows… Saturday Mash Up and Strictly. I did Saturday Mash Up this summer so… it’s time to embrace the sequins.”

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Strictly Come Dancing continues this weekend on BBC One. Want something else to watch? Check out our full TV Guide. Visit our Entertainment hub for all the latest news.

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