‘It’s a TV show!’ Dan Walker fires back at Strictly critics calling him ‘a disgrace’November 28, 2021
Strictly: Dan Walker and Nadiya perform a Rumba
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BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker took to Twitter to lambast those who did not think he deserved his spot in the competition. He also took a moment to thank the many more people who have sent in messages of support.
Addressing his 735,200 Twitter followers he wrote: “Thank you to everyone who is sending lovely messages & enjoying us having fun on #Strictly.
“And to the few who say… ‘Just leave’, ‘Aren’t you ashamed?’, ‘You’re a disgrace’, ‘It’s a fix’ (which I don’t get) or ‘Who is voting for them?’”
“IT’S A TV SHOW! See you in the 1/4 finals.”
Under the tweet Dan received a mixed response from Strictly fans.
Some felt Dan had a good point and praised him for his conduct throughout the show.
Sally Wright wrote: “He is so popular because he’s progressed so well, it’s a good partnership, choreography has been good, he’s a great performer, he is likeable/watchable and not coasting.
“All those things make him popular so stop trying to bring him down. It’s not cut and dry most technical dancer should win.” (sic)
Damian Orton commented: “Don’t let the glass-half-empty crowd get to you Dan.
“You’re loving it, you’re cheering us all up, and you’re giving hope to those of us whose wives want to drag us to dance class – and you’re providing the confidence that we might just have to have a go.”
Diane Lennan added: “For me strictly is about people like you complete novice to dancer!
“For that reason I’d love to see you in the final! Seems lots of people have forgotten how to #bekind.”
However, other fans felt it was unfair Dan was still in the competition.
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Bee Collins wrote: “Not feeling a little bit ashamed when better dancers go out instead of you?
“It’s a TV show and a dance competition. Criticism of your wooden dancing is also allowed!”
“No shame! Genuine question, how do you feel when great dancers are going home?
“You may be popular, but it’s supposed to be a dancing contest, not a popularity vote. Turns @bbcstrictly into a joke!” added TheTollgates.
Niccybuzzz commented: “Mate, she danced around you, you barely moved. It’s sad to see a cis white man fail upward whilst others who are technically far better leave.
“Aye its a show but representation is important and so is giving a voice to those we don’t see on TV everyday. Humble yourself.” (sic)
Dan and his partner Nadiya Bychkova danced the Rumba to Desperado by Eagles, earning a total of 31 points.
In an earlier tweet he wrote: “AAAAARRRGGGHH! Quarter finals here we come!
“I’m so happy that I was able to do @NadiyaBychkova proud with that rumba and thank you to everyone who has supported us again. You’re all amazing. See you next week.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns next week at 6:40pm on BBC One.
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