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Strictly’s Dan Walker taking a big risk this week as ‘conspiracy’ claims mount

Strictly’s Dan Walker has been hit by “conspiracy” claims as he keeps surviving to the next week despite being the favourite to get booted off the show – infuriating some viewers

Strictly: Dan Walker and Nadiya perform a Rumba

Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker has every right to be nervous this week.

It’s the quarter finals, and once again, he is the bookies favourite to get booted off.

But this has happened several times – and Dan, along with partner Nadiya Bychkov, has never landed in the dance off while other technically stronger dancers have.

In fact, Dan has stayed by the skin of his teeth so many times, angry viewers have insisted it’s part of a “conspiracy”.

Dan recently responded to one furious Strictly viewer who tweeted: “Oh for f*** f*****g sake…I’m seriously p****d off. That is an absolute disgrace. Dan can’t dance and should’ve been voted off weeks ago. Someone who is good and who can dance is going to go now. IT’S A FIX.”

The BBC Breakfast host replied: “I genuinely can’t understand how you can get so angry about it Nikki. I hope it hasn’t ruined your weekend.”

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova are heading into the quarter finals

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Nikki then shot back: “Because, you’re a nice guy Dan, but you can’t dance sweetheart. Good people are going while you stay in and you haven’t even been in the dance-off. It’s a joke.”

“Ok… that’s you angry at the British public. I get that,” Dan replied.

He then asked: “Can you explain how you think it’s a fix? Genuinely interested in the conspiracy theory.”

Nikki replied: “Unlike other public voting shows, the BBC never produce their voting figures so it’s easy to fix.

“As I said before, you’re a nice guy buts it’s a dance competition, not a popularity contest. I’m not the only one that thinks this…but I seem to be the only one being questioned.”

Dan tends to focus on the positive comments rather than the negative, often thanking his fans for their support rather than defending himself against trolls.

Dan has been cruelly targeted by trolls
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The duo keep surviving and dodging the dance off
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But the negativity seems to be taking a toll on Dan, who revealed he’d even been branded “a disgrace”.

“Thank you to everyone who is sending lovely messages & enjoying us having fun on #Strictly,” he wrote last week.

“And to the few who say… ‘Just leave’, ‘Aren’t you ashamed?’, ‘You’re a disgrace’, ‘It’s a fix’ (which I don’t get) or ‘Who is voting for them?’”

“IT’S A TV SHOW! See you in the 1/4 finals.”

Even last week, the notoriously tricky Rumba couldn’t land Dan in the dance off.

Janette Manrara, who used to be a pro on the show, was forced to admit the routine does not bode well, while former contestant Debbie McGee also revealed some bad news about the “cursed” number.

Not even the notorious Rumba could get rid of Dan and Nadiya

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.

“No,” confirmed Debbie. “Not one.”

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

But last week, it was Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin who were booted off instead after a dance off against Rhys Stephenson and his partner Nancy Xu.

One person who has been sticking up for Dan is former professional on the show, AJ Pritchard, who appeared on Good Morning Britain this week.

He urged Dan to “just focus on the dancing” and try to ignore the negativity.

“At the end of the day, we work in this industry,” he said.

“All you can focus on is yourself. Dan will be focusing on that dancing and trying to put aside the other stuff.”

He added: “I don’t read the comments. Did we dance well? Yes. Did they vote for us? Yes.

“We’re through to next week and we’re happy. Let’s keep focusing on ourselves because the rest is out of your hands.”

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