Dan Walker recalls concerns over Strictly Come Dancing Aware of my awkwardness

Dan Walker and Adrian Chiles discuss Strictly experiences

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Dan Walker made it all the way through to the quarter-final in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing with his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova. The BBC Breakfast presenter was joined by Adrian Chiles on Tuesday’s instalment of the news programme to discuss the broadcaster’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special performance. During the interview, Dan admitted he was aware of his own awkwardness prior to signing up to the series. 

Adrian is set to take part in the BBC dance show’s festive special on Christmas Day with dance partner Jowita Przystal.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast to chat about the spectacle, the TV presenter admitted he felt very nervous about performing a dance routine. 

However, Dan was able to offer some words of advice to Adrian and admitted he was also anxious about dancing on television. 

Dan told the broadcaster: “It’s strange because you talk about that fear and embarrassment and I had that as well when I started. 

“I was aware of my own awkwardness and how rubbish I felt I would be.

“But you had Jowita didn’t you who is brilliant. And I had Nadiya [Bychkova] who right from day one said, ‘Listen, come with me and I’ll show you how to do it and you can enjoy it and smile at the same time.’

“I started to enjoy it from training and then I started enjoying actually performing it as well. 

“I don’t know if you saw this, but after you did your dance for the Christmas special Jowita was really in tears because it was the first time she was able to dance with someone who wasn’t a professional on the programme which is what she wants to do. 

“So it was a magical experience for her and I definitely saw you smile by the end of it Adrian – so you did enjoy it didn’t you?”

Adrian, who appeared to appreciate Dan’s comments, quipped: “It was absolute relief at the end.” 

The 54-year-old explained he was “kind of dreading” dancing in the special, but said the whole experience was a “very positive thing all around”. 

Revealing why he was dreading it, Adrian admitted: “I can’t dance and I’ve got an absolute horror of dancing. 

“I mean I just get filled with shame and embarrassment as soon as I get anywhere near a dance floor. 

“And also the prospect of public humiliation was always a problem and that’s why I was dreading it.

“I wish I’d enjoyed it more but I was actually too nervous.” 

The festive special is scheduled right in the heart of the festive-live up on Christmas Day at 5.10pm. 

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke will all return to critique the performances. 

Presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will also return to the dance floor to host the instalment. 

The six celebrities and the pro partners other than Adrian include; Anne-Marie with Graziano Di Prima, Jay Blades with Luba Mushtuk, Mel Giedroyc with Neil Jones, Fred Sirieix with Dianne Buswell and Moira Stewart with Aljaz Skorjanec.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special airs on Christmas Day at 5.10pm on BBC One. 

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