Strictly: Carol says Dan ‘better off’ not taking her advice
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Yesterday the seventh and eighth Strictly contestants for the show’s 2021 line up were announced as Katie McGlynn and Dan Walker. After it was revealed on yesterday’s BBC Breakfast, Hollyoaks and former Coronation Street star Ms McGlyn said: “I’m nervous to see what people are going to think, because I’m not a dancer.
“I’ve always admired dancers, they’re incredible at what they do.
“I think secretly I’ve always wanted to be one.”
In a surprise twist, BBC Breakfast then revealed that their own Mr Walker would also be joining the Strictly line-up.
The broadcaster, who has also presented Football Focus and Match of the Day, said: “I’m one of those people, I’ve danced at three weddings, two school discos.
“I’m enjoying the experience of actually being able to learn to dance, have a bit of fun… we’ll see what happens.”
The pair will join a stellar line-up, with the other contestants announced as Dragons’ Den tycoon Sara Davies, CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson, McFly star Tom Fletcher, Peep Show’s Robert Webb, and TV presenter AJ Odudu.
Moreover, Great British Bake-Off winner John Whaite is to take part in the show’s first male same-sex partnership.
Indeed in 2017, it was revealed Scottish National Party (SNP) leader and Scottish First Minster Ms Sturgeon was a fan of the show.
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And after rival Ms Davidson also said she was desperate to be a contestant, judge Craig urged the pair to have a dance off.
Craig, who became a household name in 2004 as the nasty judge on Strictly, told the Scottish Sun that a public TV vote would be a better decider on Scottish Independence than a second referendum.
He said: “Since I’ve been up in Scotland the only thing the taxi drivers are talking to me about is independence.
“It seems to be the hot topic again, what with Donald Trump being elected and Brexit of course.
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“I think it would be a marvellous idea to have Ruth and Nicola doing a dance-off.
“We could get the entire nation to do a massive telly vote.
“Then maybe Strictly could sort out the independence question once and for all because, let’s be honest, everyone is all referendummed out.”
The Australian born star started his career as a drag queen before becoming a West End dancer, and has directed and choreographed a number of major productions including Chess and Annie.
Craig is currently embarking on a tour of the UK, from Cornwall to the Cotswolds, and the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District, with fellow Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli as part of a six part ITV show titled the Great British Road Trip.
Of course, the Australian also used the unearthed 2017 Scottish Sun interview to take a pop fellow travel companion and judge Bruno.
Craig said: “I’m actually tallest on the panel, but you’d never know as I’m always sitting down.
“When Darcey Bussell joined the show, the first thing she wanted to check was the seating plan.
“Because if you’re sitting next to Bruno, he’s always pawing you, which is hideous.
“And he’s always standing up for every comment – It’s his short-man syndrome.”
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