BBC Breakfasts Dan Walker hits out at critics who want him booted off Strictly

Strictly star Dan Walker has hit back at critics who want him off the competitive entertainment show.

The 44-year-old presenter and his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova survived the seventh week of the competition as they danced a fun-loving commercial routine on Saturday night.

Some fans were left disgruntled when Olympian and triple gold medalist Adam Peaty landed in the dance off again and chef and influencer Tilly Ramsay came up against him.

Dan sailed through to the next round of the series, but not everyone was happy.

The BBC Breakfast star shared an article on Instagram asking how he was still on the show and he admitted he was unsure too.

When Dan and Nadiya's names were called out as safe on the Sunday results show, the pair both looked clearly shocked as Bychokova reuttered "wow".

Dan said: "We are incredibly thankful for all the support and it’s a true privilege to be a small part of the biggest show on the telly.

He added: "When I’ve watched Strictly in the past I have always liked seeing great dancers but also those who learn to love it and are working hard to improve every week.

"It’s a TV show and not the world championships.

"I never thought I would be able to do some of the things Nadiya has taught me. She has given me a confidence that I thought was way beyond me. I just want to learn as many dances as possible.

"Anyway… on with the American Smooth. Whoever you vote for this weekend… I hope you enjoy the show. I will continue to do it with a massive smile on my face."

"I know articles like this are sourced from a few comments on social media but each week I get thousands of messages from people who love the show and are really enjoying watching @nadiyabychkova teaching me to dance."

Peaty's mum has since branded Strictly a "fix", not believing the public vote.

The Olympian had also landed in the bottom two in the previous week.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One

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