Dan Walker hits back at ‘daft’ Strictly fix rumours after reaching quarter finals ‘A line

Strictly: Dan Walker addresses ‘fix’ rumours

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Dan Walker was joined by co-presenter Sally Nugent on Monday morning to speak about the current headlines in the morning’s newspapers. As BBC Breakfast’s Sally held up a newspaper regarding rumours surrounding the show being fixed, Dan addressed the speculation and gave his opinion on the topic, whilst expressing how grateful he felt to still be able to compete in the BBC series.

After looking at the day’s headlines, Sally held up the last one and said: “I don’t normally like to do this but….”

Dan interrupted and joked: “Oh, what am I being accused of now?” to which Sally replied: “It is about you actually.

“It’s nonsense, I’m afraid, I just want to tell everybody this nonsense because in the papers this morning ‘Strictly Con Dancing? Fans claim ‘fix’ over BBC’s Dan’.

“What? ‘BBC bosses, fresh allegations breakfast host Dan Walker survived another week’, What! What? Shall I throw the paper again?”

Dan laughed at her shock over the headline and said: “You can throw it if you want, I don’t listen, I am just having a lovely time.

“I don’t get the fix stuff, I’m just very thankful for all the support and the people who keep voting us in, and we’re just enjoying dancing that’s really it.

“And there have been, I know stuff like that gets written based on the three, four comments about me, but there are people who care about me.

“It’s lovely that people care about the programme, but then I genuinely get thousands of messages every day from people who are really enjoying it,” he explained.

Dan continued: “The one thing that really, not annoyed me, disappointed (me) over the weekend is some people actually accused me of even using Gary Speed’s tribute last week to try and gain support for Strictly.

“I mean, listen, I know people enjoy the show but don’t be daft, alright, there is a line, and I think stuff like that crosses that line, the rumba is really hard.”

Sally interjected and confirmed: “I tell you what, when the male celebrity gets a rumba, there are alarm bells ringing everywhere because it’s probably the toughest one for a celebrity?”

Dan agreed and explained: “Well, Nadiya is a two-time world champion, she is brilliant at the rumba, and I said to her last week I’ve got a ridiculously busy week, but I will give you everything.

“I just knew she wanted to do it well because it’s her favourite dance, so I gave it everything,” he concluded laughing.

Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their views on the fix claims, with @dizzyellena writing: “No idea who is voting for Dan but its favouritism because he works for the BBC, it’s a joke and a fix.”

@thatjodewbu also added: “Me watching Tilly go into the dance-off when Dan made it another week, absolute fix #StrictlyComeDancing.”

@proud_blondeX commented: “Maybe if Dan didn’t work for the BBC, he wouldn’t get this far, it’s a joke at this point, someone MILES better than his will go out now #StrcitlyComeDancing IT’S A FIX.”

@lollylaurenpop tweeted: “#StrictlyComeDancing Dan didn’t even bloody move in his dance, he just stood there posing! Such a fix.”

Last weekend Dan and his professional partner Nadiya danced the Rumba to Desperado by The Eagles.

Craig gave Dan the lowest score of six for his performance, whilst guest judge Cynthia Erivo who stepped in for Motsi Mabuse awarded Dan and Nadiya a score of nine.

Head judge Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke both gave their performance an eight, which gave them a total of 31 out of a possible 40.

Dan and Nadiya ended up being second to last on the leaderboard, however, it was Tilly Ramsay, and Nikita Kuzmin whose Strictly journey came to an end.

Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 6:40pm on BBC One. 

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