Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dan Walker has accidentally revealed when the eagerly-awaited series of this year’s show starts in BBC Breakfast blunder
The smash-hit BBC show always starts in September, but so far the broadcaster has been keeping mum as regards to the exact start date.
However, Dan, who is competing in this year’s show revealed on BBC Breakfast this morning that it will in fact start on September 18.
The seasoned TV presenter was talking to co-host Louise Minchin, who leaves the breakfast show on September 15.
Getting his phone out to put a reminder in calendar, Dan said: “I was just going to put your date in the diary.
“I meet and greet the partner in a couple of days time, and actually the first show is on the 18th and then the live shows start on the 25th.”
Devout Christian Dan says he will shrug off any criticism from Strictly judges because of his faith.
The BBC Breakfast host says he has developed the skin of a rhino and doesn’t worry what people say about him.
The former Football Focus presenter, 44, is gearing up for the celebrity dance challenge and has vowed to do all he can to impress the show’s tough judges.
The devout Christian, who recently faced a backlash on social media said: “I never mind what people write or say about me.
“That’s because, as a Christian, I don’t take my value from what people think about me.”
Dan recently told how his three children had previously begged him to appear on Strictly.
After signing up for this year’s run of sequinned extravaganza, he said: “My kids have only asked me to go on two shows – Saturday Mash-Up! and Strictly. I did Saturday Mash-Up! so it’s time to embrace the sequins.
He added jokingly: “I am definitely excited, a little bit worried, mostly terrified and a small part of me is considering going into hiding!”
Dan will be joined by a host of stars on the show, including Adam Peaty, Judi Love, Nina Wadia and Katie McGlynn.
The Great British Bake Off winner John Waite is also taking to the dancefloor, in the show’s first ever all-male dance partnership.
Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb, Rhys Stephenson, Sara Davies and AJ Odudu are also among those competing for the glitterball.