Surely there’s never been a Strictly exit interview quite like the emotional one given by Dan Walker last night.
Married Walker, 44, the BBC Breakfast host known for his gentlemanly demeanour, unshakeable niceness and strong Christian faith, was voted off after a tepid tango in the quarter finals.
Before he departed, Dan paid an intense tribute to his professional dance partner Nadiya Bychkova, the show’s lissome 32-year-old sex bomb with whom he has developed an unlikely bond.
‘I want to mention this amazing woman next to me,’ gushed Dan. ‘There are some people who walk into your life and turn some lights on, and that’s what she has done to me. You’re an amazing person, and if you’ll have me, you’ll have a friend for life Nadiya Bychkova.’
Before he departed, Dan paid an intense tribute to his professional dance partner Nadiya Bychkova, the show’s lissome 32-year-old sex bomb with whom he has developed an unlikely bond
He added: ‘The past 11 weeks have been absolutely amazing, I’ve genuinely loved every second of it.
‘When I go back to the first day when I was asked to dance in front of some glitterballs, at that point, if there had been a fire exit, I’d have just walked away.
‘But this amazing woman grabbed me by the hand, and brought me out on to this dance floor. I’m not a dancer, but she showed me that I can dance and that for me has been an absolutely incredible experience.’
Indeed, only last week Dan told the Daily Mail that his wife Sarah was ‘amazed’ that he had made it to the quarter final.
Asked if she had any words for Dan, Nadiya replied: ‘Like he said, sometimes the right person walks into your life at the right time and that’s what happened.
‘You always encourage everyone, you always have time for everyone, it just inspires me to be a better person myself. Thank you.’
Dan – who lost the dance-off to TV host AJ Odudu and her partner Kai Widdrington – was later seen backstage weeping on Nadiya’s shoulder as she comforted him.
And she was pictured being driven away from Elstree studios in floods of tears after their fairytale