As soon as summer started drawing to a close, dedicated fans of Strictly across the nation quickly became excited over when the BBC series was set to begin.
After the cast was announced, boasting stars among the likes of Adam Peaty, Tom Fletcher and Judi Love, that excitement continued to grow, leading to the moment earlier this month when BBC Breakfast presenter Dan let slip the launch date live on-air, before it had been officially announced.
While speaking to Metro.co.uk and other press, Dan opened up about the WhatsApp group that he shares with the other celebs in the lineup, which he decided to set up so they could get to know one another.
In addition to being dubbed the ‘Dad’ of the WhatsApp group, Dan, 44, revealed that the other nickname they have given him is ‘Strictly-leaks, because I inadvertently gave away the start date of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC Breakfast’.
Stressing that the slip-up was a ‘total error’, Dan explained how the blunder came about.
He said that regularly goes to the post office, where he often speaks to three or four ‘lovely ladies’ who are ‘obsessed’ with Strictly.
According to Dan, the women had said that they were ‘really looking forward to it starting on the 18th of September’.
‘So in my head, I was like, “Well everybody knows it starts on the 18th of September.” They’d just been guessing, so I talked about it on Breakfast. I didn’t realise it hadn’t actually been announced yet, so that’s why they call me Strictly-leaks,’ he said.
No worries Dan – we know it was easily done!
Dan outlined how the WhatsApp group has allowed the stars of Strictly 2021 to connect with each other before meeting in person, as they use the chat to ‘share pictures, share some concerns and have a good laugh’.
‘When we meet each other for the first time in the flesh, there’s not that getting to know you because we’ve done that all on WhatsApp already. Hopefully everyone will agree it’s been a good experience,’ he added.
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 launches on Saturday September 18 at 7.45pm on BBC One.
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