‘Should be committed!’ Dan Walker savaged by Strictly judge Craig over schoolboy dance

Strictly: Craig Revel Horwood praises Dan Walker's cha-cha

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Keen to keep their place in the competition, BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker and partner Nadiya Bychkova took to the dance floor in Week Four to perform the Cha Cha to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This. Despite impressing judges Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke, Dan and Nadiya’s routine fell short for harsh judge Craig Revel Horwood. 

After putting on a stunning performance and getting positive comments from the other three judges, host Tess Daly finally turned to Craig for his comments on their performance.

She said: “You gave Dan a three last week, Craig. I hope you’re happier tonight?”

Looking disappointed, Craig exclaimed: “Well, you’re committed, we can say that, darling. Or maybe you should be!”

Dan and Nadiya let out an awkward laugh before he continued: “I don’t know what the crab walk and the running man have to do with, the Cha Cha, darling.”

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Interrupting Craig’s comments, Dan shouted: “It’s MC Hammer, Craig!” 

Craig continued: “But the acting and the rhythm and just your performance alone was just worth the one minute 30, darling.”

Tess laughed at the remark, turned to Dan, and said: “Craig loved it, if only your schoolboy-self could see you now!”

Head judge Shirley Ballas said: “I thought it was highly entertaining, I’d love to know what the name of his move is when you were going side to side.

“Dan, with those long legs, this week you look like you believe in yourself more, you look like you were enjoying what you were doing.

“You were coordinated, you were committed to each step, I do think next it’s the flexibility and understanding you can be six foot six, but you can move fabulously.”

Dan and Nadiya then joined Claudia Winkleman to discuss how they felt they had performed and to await their scores.

Claudia asked: “I have to tell you, Dan, most people loathe the Cha Cha, they come up here and go ‘It was horrid I don’t like it’, you loved it?”

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He explained: “Yeah, I loved it, I love the sort of technical nature of it, I mean, I know it’s probably hard for you to understand, but I’m not a trained professional dancer.

“But I really enjoyed going for it this week, and I think with a dance like that, it is for everyone who’s ever been shy, embarrassed, and awkward on the side of the dance floor.

“If I can do that, through the guidance of this amazing woman, if I can do that, then anyone can do it, so just go for it.”

Claudia then touched on the fact that MC Hammer had tweeted at Dan about his dance, with the BBC Breakfast host exclaiming: “I know!

“Me and the Hammer, we are so tight now! I tweeted earlier that we were doing this, he liked the tweet, then he retweeted it, I think he said, ‘Get after them,’ and now he follows me.”

It was soon time for the judges to present their scores, with Craig going first and awarding Dan and Nadiya a five.

Motsi, Shirley, and Anton all awarded Dan sevens, giving him a total score of 26/40, which he was very happy with.

Dan and Nadiya return tonight along with the rest of the contestants to find out who will be competing in the dreaded dance-off.

Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One. 
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