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Strictly Come Dancing made change for Dan Walker as he explains lobster costume

Strictly: Dan Walker says he doesn’t celebrate Halloween

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The BBC Breakfast star addressed how some Strictly Come Dancing viewers had been left confused by his and dance partner Nadiya Bychkova’s lobster costumes while fellow contestants donned scary masks and outfits in celebration of Halloween on Saturday’s show. The 44-year-old thanked the BBC show for allowing him to partake in the episode without having to engage in the theme as he explained he doesn’t celebrate the event.

While discussing the most recent show with BBC Breakfast colleague Sally Nugent, which saw the broadcaster getting through to week seven, Dan cut in as a clip of his dance was being shown to clear up some confusion.

He commented: “Lots of people did ask me actually about what have lobsters got to do with Halloween.

“I should tell you, so we don’t celebrate Halloween in our house and I’ve got to say a huge thank you to Strictly because they enabled me to be a part of that programme without sort of doing Halloween.”

He continued: “And our kids, they would normally go to a light party on Halloween weekend or whenever that might be.

“And I couldn’t go on that programme and be a disingenuous dad.

“Anybody who’s got children and they talk to their children about what they can do and what they can’t do and why they do things a certain way…

“And I can’t go don’t here and say, ‘Do as I say but not as I do’, so that’s where the lobsters came from.

“Strictly were brilliant Nadiya embraced it and I’m very thankful to have made it through to another week.”

“But the lobsters were actually genius,” Dan’s newly appointed colleague Sally, 50, commented.

She added: “My favourite bit though was the bit at the end – did anyone notice that when you were going to the judges you did a lobster roll?”

“I just said to Nadiya, ‘Do you fancy a roll?’ and she said yes.”

He admitted: “I nearly hit Anton [Du Beke] though.”

The presenter performed a jive Rock Lobster, which saw a mixed response from the judges.

“You sort of want to close your eyes but then you can’t wait to see what will happen next,” Craig Revel Horwood critiqued.

He added: “You’re very, very entertaining.”

The duo was awarded 27 points, leaving them third from the bottom on the leaderboard.

Following the dance, viewers took to Twitter to question the lobster costume.

Dan managed to secure a place in next week’s show though, with him and Nadiya returning to the dancefloor for week seven.

BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC, while Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One at 7.15pm on Saturday.

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