Dan Walker opens up on issues with Strictly quarter-final Tango training

Strictly: Dan Walker reveals 'issues' in Tango training

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BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Nadiya Bychkova appeared on It Takes Two to discuss their quarter-finals training with host Janette Manrara. Former Strictly pro Janette told the presenter he’s looked really comfortable performing ballroom dances. However, Dan, who is set to perform a Tango this weekend, admitted he’s been having problems in rehearsals. 

It Takes Two host Janette spoke to Dan and Nadiya on Thursday’s instalment of the BBC Two show about how far they have come in the BBC competition. 

The 38-year-old dancer turned presenter said: “You seem to really like the ballroom dances because over the last couple of weeks you have looked really comfortable in the ballroom dances. 

“So are you happy to be back in the ballroom realm?” 

The BBC Breakfast presenter replied: “Yeah, we had a breakthrough today, we like to call it breakthrough Thursday.”

However, the star then admitted there have been some problems during training sessions this week with his pro partner Nadiya. 

He explained: “There have been just a few issues with maintaining the hold perfectly.

“And then Nadiya said to me, ‘Remember the American Smooth where you just sort of formed that frame around me and I was able to do everything and look great? Just do that’. And it clicked.” 

Janette interjected: “Those Ah-ha moments are literally priceless when it clicks. It was like that week you told me you felt the harmony. Those moments are magical.” 

Dan and Nadiya are set to perform the Tango to Gotan Project’s Santa Maria, and they are keen to impress the judges after scoring 31 for their Rumba to Desperado by Eagles last week. 

Reflecting on their week 10 routine, Dan said: “I think there are only about two people in the world who thought we even had a chance at making it into the quarter-finals and both of them are sat on this sofa.

“Everyone said we didn’t have a chance and we were told we’d be going home again, but we loved it. It was a really special moment for me and I know it’s your [Nadiya’s] favourite ever dance.”

He added: “I know that Rumba is hard and Nadiya said to me that it’s really complicated choreography and really slow, so you’ve got to be controlled.


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“But she also told me on the Monday of Rumba week that, ‘I can teach you this and I can teach it brilliantly’.

“When she says that I just don’t worry about it. I just trust her.”

Nadiya, who appeared touched by Dan’s comments, then told the presenter how much she enjoys dancing with him. 

She gushed to Janette: “You know what? Daniel is my favourite person to teach, he’s so clever.”

Dan, who looked at Nadiya in disbelief following her compliment, replied: “What, really!?”

Last weekend Tilly Ramsay was eliminated from the competition after competing against Rhys Stephenson in the dance-off, so there are just five couples left in the competition. 

Will Dan manage to impress the judges and viewers at home enough to secure his place in the prestigious semi-finals? 

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis currently remains the favourite to take home the Glitterball Trophy, but will she receive another perfect score this weekend?

It Takes Two continues on weekdays on BBC Two at 6.30pm.

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