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Dan Walker reveals how Strictly Come Dancing made an exception for him on Halloween

The BBC Breakfast host spoke about his lobster-themed dance from Saturday's show.

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Published: Monday, 1st November 2021 at 11:47 am

BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker has explained why he performed a lobster-themed dance during Strictly Come Dancing's Halloween week after the show made an exception for him.


While Saturday's episode saw most of this year's couples put a spooky spin on their dances for Halloween, Dan's Jive with professional Nadiya Bychkova to The B-52's Rock Lobster didn't quite fit with the rest of the spine-tingling theme.

On BBC Breakfast this morning, the broadcaster revealed this was because he doesn't celebrate the day, and thanked Strictly for allowing him to avoid anything Halloween-related.

"Lots of people did ask me actually about what have lobsters got to do with Halloween," he said.

"I should tell you, so we don't celebrate Halloween in our house and I've got to say a huge thank you to Strictly because they enabled me to be a part of that programme without sort of doing Halloween.

"And our kids, they would normally go to a light party on Halloween weekend or whenever that might be and I couldn't go on that programme and be a disingenuous dad."

He continued: "Anybody who's got children and they talk to their children about what they can do and what they can't do and why they do things a certain way...

"And I can't say, 'Do as I say but not as I do', so that's where the lobsters came from."

Dan and Nadiya's jive earned them a score of 27 from the judges, landing them towards the bottom of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard after many of the contestants scored eights, nines and 10s.


Rose Ayling-Ellis and her pro partner Giovanni Pernice broke a Strictly record on Saturday by scoring the earliest 40 in the show's history with their ice queen-themed tango.

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