Strictly: Dan Walker on routine that 'went too far'
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Tonight, Rylan interviewed McFly’s Tom Fletcher and his professional partner Amy Dowden ahead of their Couple’s Choice dance tomorrow, before turning to his guest panel to discuss the quality of dancing from different pairings this week. The guests included This Morning’s Ruth Langsford, musical theatre performer Sarah Brightman and choreographer Kevin Adams.
However, Rylan seemed unimpressed with his guests when it came to the part of the show where the panellists vote for who they believe will be going home this Sunday.
All three celebs held up their paddles to show that they believed that BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker and his partner Nadiya Bychkova should be next to go home.
“You’ve gone Dan and Nadiya?” Rylan exclaimed with a shocked expression.
“Judases, the lot of you!” he added in mock fury.
Rylan’s comments came after the guests had some kind words to say about Dan whilst watching a video of him rehearsing with Nadiya for their Charleston tomorrow.
Kevin pointed out that, while Dan’s face gave away how focused and nervous he was most of the time, his routine looked “amazing” and relaxed during practice.
He went on to explain: “The thing is when it comes to Saturday night, it’s the face.
“The steps are on fire but he’s not engaging because he’s concentrating from the neck down. Engage the top half.”
Sarah Brightman said: “He surprises me, Dan, because sometimes I see him do things and he explodes, but other things he’s not so sure.”
After declaring the episode a “love in”, Rylan led his guests on to discuss the “moment of truth” when they revealed their Sunday predictions.
When Ruth held up her paddle with Dan and Nadiya on it, she hastily added: “Only because everyone else now, they’re such exceptional dancers. I’m so sorry Dan.”
Last week, Dan and Nadiya made it through to Musicals Week after racking up a personal best score of 29 for their American Smooth.
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Meanwhile, it was Tilly Ramsay and Sara Davies who faced the dreaded dance-off, with the latter saying her goodbyes.
Each week, the dance-off is determined by a combination of the public vote as well as each stars’ position on the leaderboard.
AJ Odudu was the unfortunate star to finish bottom on Saturday, but she and partner Kai Widdrington made it through having topped the leaderboard in previous weeks and winning over the public.
However, with Dan’s performances regularly landing him towards the lower end of the table, some Strictly viewers took to social media to air their frustrations that he had once again avoided the bottom two.
Tomorrow night, Dan and Nadiya will be performing the Charleston for Musicals Week, set fittingly to Good Morning from iconic ’50s film Singin’ in the Rain.
In the film, the three main stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor sing the iconic song whilst performing a complex dance routine in perfect unison.
Coincidentally, former Strictly professional Kevin Clifton is currently performing in the role of comedy sidekick Cosmo in the Sadler’s Wells theatre production of Singin’ in the Rain in London.
Joining him is former Strictly finalist and Steps singer Faye Tozer, who will somewhat ironically play the character Lina Lamont, who is supposed to have a terrible singing voice.
Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow night at 6:35pm on BBC One.
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