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Strictly's Dan Walker calls Curse rumours "disappointing"

"Friendship is a blessing."

Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker has hit out at speculation that he and his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova have fallen victim to the 'Strictly Curse'.

The BBC Breakfast host spoke to The Sun about rumours – which apparently stemmed from them being spotted sharing a hug backstage – and explained that it was "disappointing" to hear that.

"There was only one person I was allowed to touch in the entire production that night and that was my partner," he said, referencing the conclusion to an emotional week in which he'd filmed a tribute for the tenth anniversary of a friend's passing.

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Kieron McCarronBBC

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"I needed somebody to give a hug to, and that was literally it. Nadiya was great. She said nice things, and I felt a lot better. We all need that sometimes.

"The rumours about us were . . . disappointing. I know these happen every year on Strictly, and there have been instances in the past of the so-called curse, and it's just telly. But it's just not nice.

"Being paired with Nadiya was never a problem. Friendship is a blessing. And I think from the moment we first met, Nadiya and I knew we were going to get on. But I've always introduced her on any social media video I've ever done as my 'professional partner' because that's her job. She is very professional."

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Guy LevyBBC

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Although the duo made it all the way to the quarter-final before being eliminated, dealing with online trolls along the way, Dan won't be taking part in the Strictly live tour next year.

"I have too many work commitments and I want to be at home after spending so much longer on the actual show than I ever expected," Dan explained. "I'm sure it'll be amazing – as usual."

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 airs on Saturday nights on BBC One, with results shows every Sunday. Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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