BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker renamed ‘Daniel’ by Strictly partner Nadiya Bychkova
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BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker was left red-faced on Saturday night, as he was handed a stern new nickname by his Strictly Come Dancing professional dancing partner.
During the dancing launch show on September 18, it was revealed that Dan would be taking to the dance floor with pro dancer Nadiya Bychkova.
As the pair sat down to chat with host Claudia Winkleman, Claudia couldn't help but smile as Dan expressed his worries about not being good enough for Nadiya.
"Do you know what is so cute about you, Dan – when a celeb meets their pro and goes, 'Am I a terrible disappointment?'" Claudia giggled.
Dan explained how happy he was to have secured Nadiya as a dance partner – a sentiment she returned.
"I'm so happy I got Daniel," Nadiya said, leaving Dan blushing.
"She's calling me Daniel," he explained.
"Daniel!" Claudia chorused, while Dan explained: "I feel very, sort of, talked to."
Claudia quipped: "Well, Daniel is very worried he's going to look like a daddy longlegs."
But Nadiya complimented him: "I think your long legs, that you're tall – you'll be amazing for ballroom."
Daniel isn't the only nickname Dan has earned throughout his Strictly journey so far – he's also been dubbed StrictlyLeaks in the dedicated WhatsApp group he set up for the celebs to get to know each other.
Speaking to Daily Star and other media outlets, Dan said: "They're all calling me the dad of the WhatsApp group – but the other nickname they've got for me is StrictlyLeaks, because I inadvertently gave away the start date of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC Breakfast, which was a total error!" he chuckled.
"The reason why I did that is I go in the local Post Office quite regularly because there are four lovely ladies I always have a good chat to. They're Strictly obsessed, and the day before I mentioned it on BBC Breakfast they told me, 'We're really looking forward to it starting on the 18th!'"
Dan continued: "So in my head I thought everybody already knows it's the 18th! But it turns out they'd just been guessing, and I talked about it on Breakfast and I didn't realise it hadn't been announced yet."
Dan, standing at a massive six foot six, said Strictly was the show his children most wanted him to appear on.
But things looked frightening for Dan earlier this week, as he was involved in a hospital dash after hitting his head just hours before his Strictly debut.
Alongside a photograph of himself wired up to a blood pressure machine, the BBC presenter wrote: "Bit of head-based drama today!
"After whacking my noggin on the big glass window yesterday, I got sent to A & E today because I was feeling a bit wobbly."
In spite of his injury, Dan was quick to inform his 723,000 Twitter followers that he had received the all clear on a CT scan.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One.
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