Strictly’s Dan Walker dons a grey jacket as he arrives with pro Nadiya Bychkova at It Takes Two


Dan Walker looked trendy as he arrived with his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova at the filming of Strictly: It Takes Two on Thursday evening in London.

The BBC Breakfast broadcaster, 44, cut a casual figure in a high-visibility grey jacket, which he layered above a navy zip-up hoodie and black joggers.

Completing his outfit with a pair of matching trainers, he beamed from ear-to-ear while clutching an onyx duffle bag.

What a pair! Dan Walker looked trendy as he arrived with his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova at the filming of Strictly: It Takes Two on Thursday evening in London

Meanwhile, Nadiya, 32, turned up the heat as she flashed her bronzed legs in a pair of grey shorts and a coordinating polo-neck sweater.

Cutting a charcoal blazer and knee-high boots, she looked nothing short of sensational while accessorising her outfit with a pair of oversized sunglasses.

The choreographer rolled along with her a navy suitcase while clutching a brown Gucci handbag and wearing her blonde tresses in a glossy middle parting.

Happy: The BBC Breakfast broadcaster, 44, cut a casual figure in a high-visibility grey jacket, which he layered above a navy zip-up hoodie and black joggers

Happy: The BBC Breakfast broadcaster, 44, cut a casual figure in a high-visibility grey jacket, which he layered above a navy zip-up hoodie and black joggers

Emerging: Completing his outfit with a pair of matching trainers, he clutched an onyx duffle bag

Emerging: Completing his outfit with a pair of matching trainers, he clutched an onyx duffle bag

Hot stuff: Meanwhile, Nadiya turned up the heat as she flashed her bronzed legs in a pair of grey shorts and a coordinating polo-neck sweater

Hot stuff: Meanwhile, Nadiya turned up the heat as she flashed her bronzed legs in a pair of grey shorts and a coordinating polo-neck sweater

Wow! Cutting a charcoal blazer and knee-high boots, she looked nothing short of sensational while accessorising her outfit with a pair of oversized sunglasses

Gorgeous: The choreographer rolled along with her a navy suitcase while clutching a brown Gucci handbag and wearing her blonde tresses in a glossy middle parting

Wow! Cutting a charcoal blazer and knee-high boots, she looked nothing short of sensational while accessorising her outfit with a pair of oversized sunglasses

Following soon afterwards was contestant John Whaite who made a stylish arrival in a black leather jacket, along with a matching T-shirt, trousers and Chelsea boots. 

His on-screen partner Johannes Radebe looked incredible in a purple waistcoat and suit trousers, which he teamed up with a black velour polo neck sweater.

Dan recently hit out at his Strictly Come Dancing critics who want him booted off the show after he received average scores from the judges.

After viewers took to Twitter to ask how Dan has remained in the competition, he admitted he’s ‘not sure’ but was shocked at the backlash he’s received.  

Looking good: Following soon afterwards was contestant John Whaite who made a stylish arrival in a black leather jacket

Trendy: He teamed the number up with a matching T-shirt, trousers and Chelsea boots

Looking good: Following soon afterwards was contestant John Whaite who made a stylish arrival in a black leather jacket, a matching T-shirt, trousers and Chelsea boots

Suave: His on-screen partner Johannes Radebe looked incredible in a purple waistcoat and suit trousers

Suave: His on-screen partner Johannes Radebe looked incredible in a purple waistcoat and suit trousers

Dapper: He completed his look with a black velour polo neck sweater

Dapper: He completed his look with a black velour polo neck sweater

Dan’s comments came after Strictly bosses were forced to deny that BBC stars are favoured on the show.   

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Dan posted a photograph of a print article asking how he was still on Strictly, and hit back at his critics in a lengthy caption alongside. 

He wrote: ‘I’m not sure but 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.

‘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.

'It's not the world championships!' Dan recently hit out at his Strictly Come Dancing critics who want him booted off the show after he received average scores from the judges

‘It’s not the world championships!’ Dan recently hit out at his Strictly Come Dancing critics who want him booted off the show after he received average scores from the judges

‘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 will continue!' Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Dan posted a photograph of a print article asking how he was still on Strictly, and hit back at his critics in a lengthy caption alongside

‘I will continue!’ Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Dan posted a photograph of a print article asking how he was still on Strictly, and hit back at his critics in a lengthy caption alongside

Inspiring: The broadcaster also revealed that his involvement has inspired an elderly man to return to the dance classes, which he gave up decades ago after his wife passed away

Inspiring: The broadcaster also revealed that his involvement has inspired an elderly man to return to the dance classes, which he gave up decades ago after his wife passed away

Meanwhile, speaking on BBC Breakfast, Dan said: ‘I had a chat with a lovely fella called Cecil in the park when I walked the dog on Sunday.

‘He said that his wife died 30-odd years ago. And they used to dance together and he said that he stopped dancing when his wife died. 

‘Then he said: “I’ve watched Strictly this year for the first time in a long time. Watching you and Nadiya, like the enjoyment you get from dancing even though you’re not a dancer, you’ve never danced this before. I’ve loved watching that so much”.’

Dan then revealed that Cecil had even started having dancing lessons again after being inspired by watching the broadcaster on Strictly. 

‘So that’s what the programme is all about, isn’t it?’ pointed out Dan, before insisting: ‘You’ve got to enjoy it. You’ve got to remember it’s a privilege to be on the programme. You’ve got to work hard, and try to improve every week.’

Dan’s comments come after Strictly bosses hit back at ‘fix’ and favouritism claims after statistics showed that nearly half of all the show’s winners were from the BBC.

Out of all the winners of the BBC series – which began in 2004 – 18 of them, or 44 per cent, have been celebrities who are on the channel’s books.

Professional partner: He's been performing for the nation with professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova every weekend

Professional partner: He’s been performing for the nation with professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova every weekend

But a representative of the programme denied claims that BBC stars are more likely to reach the final, insisting that ‘the winner is decided by the public.’ 

During its 17-year run, Strictly has seen several mainstream stars lift the coveted glitterball trophy, including Stacey Dooley, Tom Chambers, Ore Oduba and Joe McFadden.

While EastEnders actresses Kara Tointon and Jill Halfpenny have also emerged victorious.

Other winners connected to the BBC include Chris Hollins and Natasha Kaplinsky.

The publication reports that out of the 264 contestants in Strictly’s history, 102 of them – 39 per cent – have worked for the broadcaster.

However, a Strictly representative shut down the report, stating to MailOnline: ‘These statistics are misleading. The winner of Strictly is decided by the public vote.’

Statistics: Out of all the winners of the BBC series - which began in 2004 - 18 of them, or 44 per cent, have been celebrities who are on the channel's books (Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton winning in 2016)

Statistics: Out of all the winners of the BBC series – which began in 2004 – 18 of them, or 44 per cent, have been celebrities who are on the channel’s books (Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton winning in 2016)

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