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Dan Walker dealt devastating blow by Janette Manrara ahead of notorious rumba

Strictly’s Dan Walker is dancing the notoriously difficult Rumba on Saturday – and It Takes Two host Janette Manrara may have dashed his hopes of staying another week as she revealed the routine is all but cursed

Strictly: Dan Walker reacts to criticism for staying in show

Strictly Come Dancing’s Dan Walker might be more nervous than usual as he heads on to the dancefloor on Saturday with partner Nadiya Bychkova this week.

That’s because they are dancing the notoriously difficult Rumba, and Janette Manrara, who used to be a pro on the show, was forced to admit the routine does not bode well for Dan.

Former contestant Debbie McGee also revealed some bad news about the “cursed” number.

Speaking on It Takes Two, Debbie explained that the Rumba is the only dance that has never warranted full marks in the series.

Janette began: “We know that the rumba is a very slow, very technical dance.

“You need a lot of chemistry with your partner. [It’s] a bit of a tough one.”

Debbie replied: “Would you believe, the Rumba is the one dance in the history of Strictly that has never been awarded a top score?”

“No perfect score – ever?” Janette asked.

Dan and Strictly pro partner Nadiya will be dancing the Rumba – which is famously tricky

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“No,” confirmed Debbie. “Not one. And it wasn’t until series six when they first had the paddle with a number 10 on, and that was Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone, and they got 39.

“That was a beautiful rumba,” Janette quipped.

Earlier on in the series, the Rumba claimed rugby player Ugo Monye, who was eliminated after he attempted the famously difficult routine.

But BBC Breakfast host Dan was the favourite to leave the show last week – and managed to survive the dance off – so it might take more than that to scare him.

Fans of Strictly have questioned how Dan has managed to make it so far in the competition, and some have even accused it of being a fix.

Janette was forced to admit it doesn’t look good for Dan

He hasn’t found himself in the bottom two and the dreaded dance off at all, and this left some viewers rather annoyed when Sara Davies got the boot.

“So a good dancer, a better dancer, will leave this week because Dan appeals, apparently, to some people,” one person posted.

“Don’t get me wrong Dan seems like a nice guy but he shouldn’t still be in the show, it just means a better dancer is going to have to go #Strictly,” another tweeted.

A third person wrote: “Whoever is voting for Dan needs to go sit in the corner and think about their ridiculous decisions in life. #Strictly.

A fourth fumed: “That’s it. I’m boycotting #Strictly. I don’t understand how Dan is through AGAIN but it looks like he’s going to win which is unbelievable … absolute joke.”

Debbie explained it’s the only routine that has never warranted a perfect score

In response to the anger about him staying in the series, Dan thanked his supporters for their kind words.

He was replying to a fan who wrote: “The truth is, Dan may not technically be the best dancer, but he is joyous and I love watching him.”

Quote-tweeting the message, Dan added: “I know we tend to concentrate on the negative but, overwhelmingly, these are the sort of messages I get about #Strictly every day.

“It’s very special to be a small part of a show that means so much to so many people,” he added.

“Thanks for all the support.”

In another post regarding the uproar, Dan said it was all “a bit silly”.

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the amazing messages about Saturday night,” he wrote.

“We are genuinely not bothered by the criticism or anger because…1. It’s all a bit silly, 2. It’s just a TV show, 3. The guff is far outweighed by the positivity.

@nadiyabychkova and I will continue to smile and we can’t wait to perform this week‘s dance.”

One supportive fan replied: “Every year someone is cross about something in Strictly! It’s not worth bothering about – you have the right attitude.”

“You are exactly what Strictly is about, someone learning to dance & improving each week! Ignore the haters & keep dancing,” gushed another.

* Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday night on BBC One

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