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Dan Walker hits out at moaning Strictly fans in ‘never heard of them crew’ as first names announced for 2022: ‘Get on Google!’


Mandatory Credit: Photo by MCPIX/REX/Shutterstock (12943375i) BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker leaves the studio for the last time, with his Lobster, in Media City, Manchester after presenting his last show. Dan Walker at BBC Studios, Media City, Manchester, UK - 17 May 2022

Dan competed on Strictly last year (Picture: MCPIX/REX/Shutterstock)

Strictly Come Dancing 2021’s Dan Walker has a simple message for fans who like to make a point of saying they’ve ‘never heard of’ upcoming contestants.

Dan, 45, competed in Strictly last year alongside partner Nadiya Bychkova, 32, with the pair making it all the week to the quarter-finals. 

They were a huge hit with fans, in a series that was particularly well-loved amongst viewers. 

As Strictly fever is well and truly brewing ahead of its milestone 20th series, set to begin next month, the first few names involved have been announced in quick succession. 

So far, five contestants have been revealed since Thursday, with many fans already excited about how the line-up is shaping out.

But as always, some can’t resist loudly shouting that they’ve ‘never heard of’ certain names taking part. 

Dan competed with Nadiya on the show (Picture: PA)

Dan, who has recently moved to 5 News from BBC Breakfast, was clearly getting a bit fed of the negativity and shared his thoughts with his social media followers. 

He wrote on Instagram: ‘Will never get my head round the “never heard of them” crew when you see someone announced on #Strictly you don’t know much about. 

‘Get on Google, learn a bit about them.’

Dan posted the above on his Instagram stories on Saturday (Picture: Instagram/mrdanwalker)

Dan went on to add his support to the class of 2022, concluding: ‘Looking forward to seeing the full set of this year’s bunch.’

We couldn’t agree more, Dan. 

Five names – Jayde Adams, Kaye Adams, Will Mellor, Richie Anderson and Kym Marsh – have been confirmed so far, with more additions expected imminently. 

Will (top left), Richie (bottom left), Kym (top right) and Kaye were all announced on Thursday and Friday (Picture: BBC)

Jade revealed she will be part of the line-up over the weekend (Picture: PA)

As well as welcoming a fresh batch of celebrities to the ballroom, Craig Revel Horwood , Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke return to serve as the judges.

Elsewhere, four new professional dancers will be seen on our screens, taking the total number to 20 – the highest ever on the show.

Those newcomers are Vito Coppola, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley, and Michelle Tsiakkas.

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Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu have already been confirmed for the upcoming run of Strictly.

Strictly Come Dancing returns next month to BBC One. 

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