Strictly: Carol says Dan ‘better off’ not taking her advice
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BBC Breakfast is no stranger to seeing its talent head to the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor in recent years, with Carol Kirkwood, Natasha Kaplinsky and now Dan Walker all signing up to take part. With Dan the latest celebrity signing to the BBC dance contest, his unveiling on Tuesday’s BBC Breakfast had everyone over the moon – although Louise Minchin joked she was “annoyed” not to be informed beforehand. And while Carol beamed for her colleague, she warned him not to come to her for any advice.
Dan has been absent from BBC Breakfast over the past week following his stint covering the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for the BBC last week.
Instead, Louise has been joined in the studio by Jon Kay and had been left under the impression Dan was simply enjoying a holiday.
Little did Louise nor Carol know their co-star was secretly readying himself for the daunting and exciting challenge that is Strictly Come Dancing.
“What is he doing?! I don’t believe it, Mr Walker,” Louise shouted when Dan was unveiled to be taking part.
Dan apologised for keeping Louise in the dark before she joked she was “shocked and annoyed” her long-serving co-host had kept his appearance under wraps.
And fellow Strictly competitor Katie McGlynn – who was also unveiled on the same show – also admitted she was in shock: “Nobody told me this morning that somebody (else was joining).
“So yeah, amazing, welcome. Another new friend to dance with,” the former Coronation Street star added.
Later in the show, Louise turned to Carol for her thoughts on Dan’s new role: “So another member of the BBC Breakfast family joins Strictly Come Dancing and Carol can give Dan some advice?”
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Laughing at her co-star’s probe, Carol quickly warned Dan that she wasn’t the best person to turn to – despite having competed on Strictly in 2015.
“My scores were rubbish, Lou, two’s and three’s,” the weather reporter said through laughter.
“You’d be better off not taking any advice from me but what brilliant news.”
Despite Carol’s words of warning, it sounds like Dan will be seeking advice wherever he can get it as the Breakfast host admitted he doesn’t fancy his chances.
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“I’ve got no idea, Louise,” Dan said when Louise asked what his favourite dance would be.
“Obviously, my 20 years of contemporary dance training is going to come in helpful – I haven’t got any.
“I’m one of those people that, I’ve danced at three weddings and two school discos. I’m just (going to) enjoy the experience when it starts to learn to dance have a bit of fun and we’ll see what happens.”
The former Football Focus star continued to downplay his chances at victory as he added: “I’ll be honest, I’m not clearing room on any shelves in our house for the Glitterball (Trophy).”
While Dan may not fancy his odds, it didn’t stop fans and fellow famous faces from expressing their excitement at him signing up.
Responding to the announcement on Twitter, Dan’s BBC Sport colleague Kelly Somers tweeted: “Oh MY this is incredible! I’m so excited for this Dan!”
“Oooh yes!!!! LOVE IT,” commented Olympics Breakfast star Sam Quek.
While fellow BBC reporter and The One Show contributor Owain Wyn Evans penned: “Yes Dan!!! Fabulous news.”
BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.
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