Dan Walker Looks To Reveal Start Date For Upcoming Strictly Series In On-Air Blunder

Dan Walker appears to have revealed the launch date for the upcoming series Strictly Come Dancing, during an on-air blunder on Wednesday.

The seasoned TV host, 44, was recently confirmed as a contestant in the dance competition, with the start date being kept a closely guarded secret.

However, while presenting BBC Breakfast, he let slip that Strictly is expected to start on September 18.

Oops!  Dan Walker appears to have revealed the launch date for the upcoming series Strictly Come Dancing, during an on-air blunder on Wednesday

Oops! Dan Walker appears to have revealed the launch date for the upcoming series Strictly Come Dancing, during an on-air blunder on Wednesday

Speaking with co-host Louise Minchin, he pulled out his phone to put a reminder on his calendar and said, “I was just about to put your date on the calendar.

‘I meet and greet the [dancing] partner in a few days, and actually the first show is on the 18th and then the live shows start on the 25th.’

Earlier this week, Dan assured fans that he will not heed criticism from judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke because of his faith.

The devout Christian Dan said that he “developed the skin of a rhinoceros” and that he doesn’t care what anyone says about him, what he attributes to religion.

Surprise!  The TV host, 44, was recently confirmed as a contestant in the dance competition, with the start date kept a closely guarded secret (pictured with co-host Louise Minchin)

Surprise!  The TV host, 44, was recently confirmed as a contestant in the dance competition, with the start date kept a closely guarded secret (pictured with co-host Louise Minchin)

Surprise! The TV host, 44, was recently confirmed as a contestant in the dance competition, with the start date kept a closely guarded secret (pictured with co-host Louise Minchin)

Reveal: While presenting BBC Breakfast, however, he let slip that Strictly is expected to start on September 18

Reveal: While presenting BBC Breakfast, he let slip that Strictly is expected to start on September 18

Reveal: While presenting BBC Breakfast, however, he let slip that Strictly is expected to start on September 18

The presenter, who is awakening the nation on BBC Breakfast, made the claim during an interview on Premier Christian Radio’s The profile podcasting.

“I don’t care what people write or say about me,” the TV personality began.

‘That’s because as a Christian I don’t derive my worth from what people think of me.

“I know I have no control over all those things, hurtful or hateful, whatever they may be, that people say about me or my family, or about my faith.

Tell everyone: 'I meet and greet the [dancing] partner in a few days, and actually the first show is on the 18th and then the live shows start on the 25th,

Tell everyone: 'I meet and greet the [dancing] partner in a few days, and actually the first show is on the 18th and then the live shows start on the 25th,

Tell everyone: ‘I meet and greet the [dancing] partner in a few days, and actually the first show is on the 18th and then the live shows start on the 25th,” he said

Preparation: Earlier this week, Dan assured fans that he will not heed criticism from judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke because of his faith

Preparation: Earlier this week, Dan assured fans that he will not heed criticism from judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke because of his faith

Preparation: Earlier this week, Dan assured fans that he will not heed criticism from judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke because of his faith

“And I’m grateful that I developed the skin of a rhinoceros,” he concluded.

The veteran journalist will join 14 other contestants when the series debuts on BBC One in September, including AJ Adudu, John Whaite, Katie McGlynn, Rhys Stephenson, Robert Webb, Sara Davies and Tom Fletcher.

Dan appeared via video on the breakfast show to make the big announcement earlier this month, as he was on vacation after a presentation appearance at the Tokyo Olympics.

He revealed: “I only told my kids last weekend so they aren’t very happy with me either, hardly anyone has been in the circle.

“I’m so sorry I was told it would be great television if I didn’t tell you Louise! [his co-presenter]

Dan continues: ‘My 20 years of contemporary dance training are useful! I’m one of those people I’ve danced to at three weddings and two school discos.

‘I enjoy the experience when it starts with really learning to dance. I’ll be honest, I don’t make room for the Glitterball on any shelf in my house.’

Unfazed: “I don’t care what people write or say about me,” the TV personality began. ‘That’s because as a Christian I don’t derive my value from what people think of me’

STRICTLY COME DANCE 2021: WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?

TOM FLETCHER

Age: 36

Profession: McFly musician

Tom says: “I’m so glad the news is out that it’s been so hard to keep it a secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’

Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

ROBERT WEBB

Age: 48

Profession: Actor and comedian

Robert says: “It’s very exciting, but with a slight undertone of trembling fear.”

Fun fact: Robert donned a shiny leotard to take on the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009 and played What A Feeling from the 1980s movie Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness for the title.

RHYS STEPHENSON

Age: 27

Profession: CBBC presents

rhys says: ‘I’ve dreamed of being on this show, and I’m sure it will exceed every expectation’

Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten along with Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

KATIE MCGLYNN

Age: 28

Profession: Actress

Katie says: “I’m not much of a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and can’t wait to put on some sequins along the way.”

Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won an NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020.

TILLY RAMSAY

Age: 19

Profession: CBBC presents

Tilly says: “I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to put on my dancing shoes!”

Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.

NINA WADIA

Age: 52

Profession: Actress

Nina says: “I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk. I just want to take life by the horns and just enjoy it.’

Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honors List.

ADAM PEATY

Age: 26

Profession: Athlete

Adam says: “I’m really looking forward to doing something completely different and challenging myself outside the pool.”

Fun fact: Adam becomes the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title in Tokyo 2020.

UGO MONYE

Age: 38

Profession: Rugby player and sports expert

ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone that I have more than just my dad’s dance moves.

Fun fact: Ugo began his rugby career with Harlequins in 2002 and made 241 appearances for the club, scoring 89 tries, winning a Premiership and making his England debut in 2008.

AJ ODUDU

Age: 33

Profession: TV presents

AJ says: “I think it will be quite a challenge. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitter and the glamour.’

Fun fact: Apocalypse Wow presenters AJ was featured in no fewer than 14 TV shows this year and participated in Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club, among others. She also appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past.

JOHN WHAITE

Age: 33

Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV Chef

John says: “I’m so grateful, excited and nervous to join the Strictly 2021 family…I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy clothes since I was three years old and can’t wait to get myself through the most glamorous dance floor on earth.” ‘

Fun fact: John is set to be part of the first-ever all-male partnering — the show’s first in 17 years.

SARA DAVIES

Age: 37

Profession: business woman

Sara say: ‘I’m very nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Honestly, I have no idea! I haven’t danced since I took ballet lessons when I was little.’

Fun fact: Sara was the youngest dragon ever on the BBC show Dragons’ Den.

DAN WALKER

Age: 44

Profession: Journalist

then says: ‘I enjoy the experience when it starts learning to dance. I’ll be honest, I don’t make room for the glitter ball on any shelf in my house.’

Fun fact: Dan recently retired from Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has covered the Tokyo Olympics.

GREG WISE

Age: 55

Profession: Actor

greg says: “It’s about being outside and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.”

Fun fact: Greg is married to actress Emma Thompson whom he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.

ROSE AYLING-ELLIS

Age: 30

Profession: Actress

rose says: “I hope I will make the deaf community proud and remove more barriers. I’m also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.”

Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant.

JUDI LOVE

Age: 41

Profession: comedian

judi says: “I’m really looking forward to pushing myself into something I could only have dreamed of and now it’s really going to come true!”

Fun fact: Judi started comedy when she performed a set for her class for a graduation module.

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