Strictly Come Dancing judge predicts early exit for Dan Walker ‘He’s going to struggle’

Dan Walker says he’s felt 'so exposed' at Strictly training

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Strictly Come Dancing is back with a brand new series on BBC One this Saturday. The hit dance competition has a star studded line-up this year with 15 celebrities taking to the dance floor. BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker will be one of the stars throwing some shapes this year, but Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood doesn’t reckon he’ll be on the show for long.

In a recent interview on ITV’s Lorraine, Craig shared his predictions for the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing.

He highlighted BBC Breakfast’s Dan as someone who may have a hard time in the competition this year.

Craig explained the presenter’s height could cause problems for him on the dancefloor.

The Strictly judge confessed he fears Dan will “struggle” with Latin because he is so tall, and won’t be able to “control” his body.

On Wednesday morning, Lorraine Kelly asked Craig to pick his favourites and point out who he is worried about.

The Strictly star instantly picked out Judi Love as a contestant who could succeed on the show.

Craig said: “Judi Love’s sort of standing out, not because she’s front row centre but because she’s fantastic.

“Her personality is brilliant. I saw her on the prerecord for this coming Saturday, she looks amazing. I can’t wait.”

Another star in the 2021 line-up that has already caught Craig’s eye is Olympian Adam Peaty.

Craig said: “He’s so competitive, I saw him wriggle his hips as well, they’re quite liquid.”

He continued: “If you’re asking who I’m worried about, yeah, Dan a little bit in the Latin because he’s so long he’s got so much to control of that body.

“I think in frame he’s going to be absolutely gorgeous in the ballroom, but the latin I think he’s going to struggle with,” the judge confessed.

Craig also commented on TV chef John Whaite, who will make Strictly history this year as the first male celebrity to be in a same sex partnership on the show.

Craig revealed he already knows who John has been partnered up with and he can’t for viewers to find out.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see the pairings. They are brilliant, so good,” he told Lorraine.

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing is set to kick off this weekend, with fans finally finding out who is coupled up with who on Saturday night.

Craig will be joined by a new addition on the judging panel this year as Anton Du Beke has been promoted from being one of the professional dancers.

Anton will be taking a seat alongside Craig, Motsi Mabuse, and head judge Shirley Ballas.

He’s taking the place of Bruno Tonioli, who has sat on the judging panel since Strictly began in 2004.

Unfortunately, Bruno is unable to take part in the show this year as he’s also a judge on Dancing With The Stars in the US, which runs at the same time as Strictly, and COVID travel restrictions won’t allow him to travel between the two countries.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 premieres Saturday at 7:45pm on BBC One.

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