Strictly’s Dan Walker reveals the advice he received from former judge Len Goodman

Dan Walker spoke to the former Strictly head judge ahead of tonight's show.

Dan Walker

It’s been five years since Strictly Come Dancing‘s former head judge Len Goodman left the show, but that hasn’t stopped him from handing out ballroom tips to this year’s contestants – namely, BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker.


The presenter and his Strictly partner Nadiya Bychkova told in an exclusive interview that they recently met up with dancing pro Goodman, who gave them some useful advice ahead of this Saturday’s show.

“We had a little chat with Len yesterday, didn’t we?” Walker said. “I know Len from golf and a programme we did together, and what was Len’s advice yesterday?

“Ah yes, the hands control the arms and the feet control the legs,” he added, before Nadiya said: “That’s the best advice.”

Len Goodman, who won various dancing championships in his twenties, joined Strictly Come Dancing in its inception in 2004 and appeared as the show’s head judge until 2016, at which point he was replaced by Shirley Ballas.

This year’s competition is heading into its fourth week tonight, with just 11 couples dancing after Robert Webb quit the show earlier in the week and Ugo Monye announced that he is temporarily unable to perform due to injury.

For this evening’s episode, Walker will be taking on the Cha Cha Cha, set to a mash-up of MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This and the Rick James hit Superfreak.

The BBC Breakfast host found himself near the bottom of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard last week thanks to his Foxtrot to Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty after placing in the upper-middle section for the past shows.


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