Strictly’s Dan Walker details costume blunder as he ‘nearly took out’ paramedic

Strictly: Dan Walker explains major costume blunder

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The BBC Breakfast presenter, 44, appeared on the spin-off show It Takes Two to discuss last week’s performance. Host Rylan asked how he managed the lobster costume he had sported for last week’s Halloween episode when Dan Walker explained a blunder which almost left a paramedic injured as he practiced his routine for Strictly Come Dancing.

Alongside his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova, Dan joined Rylan on Strictly – It Takes Two on Friday evening.

Talking about the huge lobster costume Dan donned for Halloween week, the presenter asked: “Prop work is scary for anyone, but was there any part of you that thought, ‘If these claws don’t come off the dance is ruined?'”

During the routine, Dan flung his arms to release the “lobster claws”.

“We saw the claws for the first time on the Friday, didn’t we?” Dan confirmed with Nadiya.

“And then mine were really tight, and while I was trying to give it the old claw fling, I couldn’t get it off.”

“Claw fling!” Ryan repeated, “the technical term that is.”

The broadcaster continued: “On Saturday, Gemma, who works in wardrobe and is amazing – she had to snip the elastic around the claw.

“So I then went backstage just before we went on air to try to test if I could fling the claw off.

“I went like that-” Dan motioned flinging his arm around, adding: “And there was some poor paramedic who’s there just in case anything happens on the dancefloor.

“And it went like that, just by his head – I nearly took him out with the claw!”

“Well, at least he could treat himself,” Rylan joked.

“Exactly,” Dan replied, “thankfully they came off, didn’t they? And we got on with it.”

Dan and Nadiya performed a Jive to Rock Lobster by The B-52’s, and received mixed feedback from the judges.

Craig Revel Horwood commented: “It was a little bit like watching a horror film.

“You sort of want to close your eyes through it, darling but then you can’t wait to see what happens next.

“It was like the lobster did have flippers on.”

He continued: “The kicks and flips were very loose at the ankle and flapping about a bit.

“It was a bit flat-footed and looked a bit stiff, you could have had a bit more spring in your step. I think you’re really entertaining.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One while Strictly – It Takes Two airs weekdays at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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