Dan Walker and John Whaite in danger as data unveils unexpected Strictly dance-off?

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Dan Walker and John Whaite have yet to face the dreaded dance-off however they may be forced to dance again for their place in the semi-final when Strictly Come Dancing returns this weekend. Digital marketing agency Mediaworks has been tracking social media sentiment since the series began and this week it seems Dan and John are at risk.

The agency uses AI technology to analyse the most recent 1,000 tweets relating to the remaining Strictly contestants and their dance partners. 

A new score is assigned to each contestant each week based on the new tweets that are generated. 

From November 20 to December 2, John finds himself at the bottom of the sentiment chart.

He is the only quarter-finalist with a negative score which may mean he’ll face his first dance-off on Sunday. 

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BBC Breakfast presenter Dan has a positive sentiment score but trials behind Rhys Stephenson, Rose Ayling-Ellis and AJ Odudu. 

After surviving three dance-offs throughout the series, will Rhys sail through to the semi-final?

The CBBC presenter found himself at the bottom of the chart on November 20 but is now at the top. 

EastEnders star Rose is close behind Rhys while AJ sits in third position. 

Who will impress Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke with their routines? 

AJ and Kai Widdrington will perform a Salsa to Rhythm Is Gonna Get You/Get On Your Feet by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine/Gloria Estefan. 

Rose and Giovanni Pernice are dancing an American Smooth to Natalie Cole’s This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) while Dan and Nadiya Bychkova are looking to impress with a Tango to Gotan Project’s Santa Maria.

John and Johannes Radebe are also performing a Salsa to Sister Sledge’s We Are Family.

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Rhys and Nancy Xu will dance an Argentine Tango to Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight. 

Meanwhile, Rose has seen the biggest increase in Instagram followers as she gained 18,620 new fans with a 5.52 percent growth. 

During the same period, AJ and John gained 7,490 and 6,897 new followers respectively. 

BBC Breakfast’s Dan has the highest new follower count on Twitter with 5,236 backing him for success.

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Bookmakers Ladbrokes have tipped Rhys to miss out on this year’s semi-finals. 

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “There’s every chance Dan Walker will be safe for yet another week, with punters fancying him to defy the odds once again at the expense of Rhy Stephenson, who has been the subject of a whopping 75% of all elimination bets so far.”

Dan has been priced at 8/11 to exit next while Rhys has odds of 13/8.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One on Saturday at 6.40pm.

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