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BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker reckons his faith will help him brush off criticism from Strictly judges: ‘I’ve developed the skin of a rhino’

Dan Walker predicts being a Christian will guide him through the Strictly experience (Picture: BBC)

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker will be battling it out for the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball this year, and he thinks being a Christian will help him out in a way.

While the judging panel is known for its criticism and insults (well, mainly Craig Revel Horwood), devout Christian Dan, 44, predicts his faith will prevent him from taking them to heart.

Speaking on Premier Christian Radio’s The Profile podcast, the presenter 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.

‘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.’

The journalist admitted he’s ‘developed the skin of a rhino,’ which should stand him in good stead as his performances are critiqued by the panel, which this year also consists of Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, and much-loved pro Anton Du Beke.

The presenter is raring to go (Picture: BBC)

Elsewhere on the podcast, Dan admitted to keeping his involvement in the show a secret from everyone, including BBC Breakfast co-host Louise Minchin.

When he was revealed as the eighth celebrity to be taking part in the nation’s favourite dance show this year, Dan’s friend and colleague looked visibly shocked.

The presenter joked: ‘I’m very sorry, I was told it would make great telly if I didn’t tell you, Louise!’

He confessed: ‘I only told my kids last weekend so they’re not very happy with me either, hardly anyone has been in the circle.’

Dan joins a star-studded line-up of contestants for this year’s Strictly, which includes McFly’s Tom Fletcher, Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn and Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens later this year.

Credit: Original article published here.

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