‘I’ve developed the skin of a rhino!’ Devout Christian Dan Walker predicts he won’t take dancing criticism to heart from Strictly judges because of his faith
He’ll be dusting off his best dancing shoes when he takes to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom next month.
But Dan Walker, 44, has assured fans he won’t take criticism from judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke to heart due to his faith.
Devout Christian Dan said he has ‘developed the skin of a rhino’ and doesn’t care what anybody says about him, which he credits to the religion.
‘I’ve developed the skin of a rhino’: Devout Christian Dan Walker has predicted he won’t take dancing criticism from the Strictly judges to heart due to his faith in an interview with The Profile podcast (pictured in 2019)
The presenter, who wakes the nation on BBC Breakfast, made the claim during an interview on Premier Christian Radio’s The Profile podcast.
‘I never mind what people write or say about me,’ the TV personality began.
‘That’s because, as a Christian, I don’t take my value from what people think about me.
‘I know I can’t control all those things, hurtful or hateful, whatever they might be, that people say about me or my family, or about my faith.
Exciting: He’ll be dusting off his best dancing shoes when he takes to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom next month
Preparing: The experienced journalist will be joining 14 other contestants when the series debuts on BBC One in September
‘And I’m thankful that I’ve developed the skin of a rhino,’ he concluded.
The experienced journalist will be joining 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 his very own show to make the big announcement earlier in the month as he was on holiday following a presenting gig at the Tokyo Olympics.
Surprise! Dan appeared via video on his very own show to make the big announcement earlier in the month as he was on holiday following a presenting gig at the Tokyo Olympics
He revealed: ‘I only told my kids last weekend so they’re not very happy with me either, hardly anyone has been in the circle.
‘I’m very sorry I was told it would make great telly if I didn’t tell you Louise! [Minchin, his co-presenter]
Dan continued: ‘My 20 years of contemporary dance training are helpful! I’m one of those people I’ve danced at three weddings and two school discos.
‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of actually learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the Glitterball.’
And turning his attention to his mystery pro-partner and getting on the dancefloor, Dan said: ‘I will accept anyone if they will accept me!
‘I’m 6ft 6 so the question often asked is can anyone that tall look half decent on the television when trying to dance, just anyone who is tall enough, and doesn’t mind the odd stray elbow in the back,’ he quipped.
Pals: The presenter wakes the nation on BBC Breakfast alongside Louise Minchin
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