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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Dan Walker ‘kicked in the head’ by Nadiya Bychkova in training

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Training for the Charleston sounds chaotic to say the least! (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 star Dan Walker is in the midst of training for the Charleston with his partner Nadiya Bychkova… and it sounds like it’s a surprisingly painful routine.

On Saturday night’s show, the remaining seven couples are set to perform dances inspired by musicals, from The Sound of Music to Matilda.

Dan and Nadiya are going to be paying tribute to one of the most iconic musicals in history, with a routine set to Good Morning from Singin’ In The Rain.

As all Strictly fans will be well aware, the Charleston is an extremely energetic dance, involving plenty of flailing arms and legs, as well as fun lifts.

In an update shared by the BBC Breakfast presenter on Twitter and Instagram, he revealed that he sustained a minor injury from his professional dance partner.

Posting a picture of himself and Nadiya with choreographers Jenny Thomas and Sean Moon, Dan tweeted: ‘Charleston week… got kicked in the head by @NadiyaBychkova today but it was a great laugh learning from Jenny and Sean.’


Clearly in high spirits, the 44-year-old added that he’s ‘looking forward to the weekend’.

Considering Dan’s head bump ahead of Strictly’s launch, when he ended up having to be checked over in hospital after walking into a glass door, we’re glad to hear this latest kerfuffle isn’t serious.

On Sunday evening, Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies became the latest star to be eliminated from the competition with her partner Aljaž Škorjanec.

She landed in the bottom two with social media star Tilly Ramsay and her partner Nikita Kuzmin, who recalled on Tuesday’s It Takes Two how ‘terrifying’ it was to be the couple to open Saturday’s show.

‘It was terrifying, just opening the show was so scary, then trying to come back from the fight of the dance-off,’ Tilly said.

‘I think I did let it get the better of me a little bit in that dance when I fell out of sync with Nikita and I just thought, “Uh oh, that wasn’t right”.’

TV presenter AJ Odudu and her partner Kai Widdrington were also interviewed by Rylan Clark-Neal on It Takes Two, with AJ opening up about how she expected to be in the dance-off.

Remembering what it was like when she found out she’d been saved, the 33-year-old said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I was moved, I was moved. I had a little cry after and everything because you know, like you said, I was ready to dance again.

‘Me and Kai were stood there, I was practising the dance steps in my head and thinking, “Right, don’t be scared of the dress, don’t slip, don’t be scared, you’re gonna go in for it,” do you know what I mean? It’s not over until it’s over sort of thing.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns this Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.

Credit: Original article published here.

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