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Strictly's Dan Walker says schedule is so tiring he fell asleep on phone

The BBC Breakfast host revealed how he felt during his most challenging Strictly week.

Dan Walker
Published: Wednesday, 3rd November 2021 at 5:00 pm

Things are really heating up on Strictly Come Dancing, with Halloween Week out of the way and a whole new set of dances to be learned ahead of Saturday's show.


As we approach Week Seven of the competition, the Strictly 2021 contestants are now well-versed in balancing work, life and learning those steps – but juggling so many things at once certainly comes with challenges.

In an exclusive chat with, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker revealed Week Four was especially challenging for him, leaving him "the tiredest" he had ever been. So tired, in fact, he fell asleep on the phone.

"[Week Four] was the tiredest I've ever been in my life, because I was [interviewing] the Prime Minister as well," he explained. "So you know, brain space, which you have to divert to that – I had loads of meetings about that, and you know, lots of stuff to read and go through."

The host, who sat in eighth place in last weekend's Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard, also revealed he doesn't "sleep much".

"I think I added it up. [That] week, over the whole week, I had less than 24 hours' sleep, which is not ideal when you're trying to learn a brand new dance," he explained, before adding: "I fell asleep on an actual phone call. I've never complained about being tired. I signed up for this! But I’m loving it."

Dan and partner Nadiya Bychkova danced a Cha Cha Cha to U Can’t Touch This/Superfreak by MC Hammer/Rick James that week, and Dan only scored a total of 26 points.

Luckily, things picked up the week after. "I've had my normal sleep which is about five hours a night, so I'm far more alert," Dan told us. "I didn’t fall asleep once."


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