Dan Walker’s chances on Strictly come to a halt once Janette Manara announces some bad news.
After It Takes Two host Janette Manrara provided some frightening facts about the history of bad luck linked with rumba performances on the competition, Dan Walker may be setting himself up for a defeat ahead of this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing.
On Saturday, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker will dance the rumba with partner Nadiya Bychkova. Former professional Janette Manrara was the bearer of bad news when she gave some grim statistics about the routine on Strictly Come Dancing spin-off show It Takes Two.
Janette went into the show’s history with the rumba as she invited former participant Debbie McGee on the BBC chat show.
“You’ve got some incredible rumba statistics for us,” the 38-year-old host declared.
“We’re all aware that the rumba is a slow, technical dance.
“A lot of chemistry with your companion is required.” “It’s a bit of a challenge.” “Would you believe, the rumba is the one dance in the history of Strictly that has never been granted a top score?” Debbie said, explaining how the statistics reflect this. “Has there ever been a perfect score?” Janette clarified the situation.
“No,” said the TV personality. “Not a single one.” It wasn’t until the sixth series that they got the paddle with the number 10 on it.
“And that was Vincent Simone and Rachel Stevens.”
Janette remembered, “That was a wonderful rumba.”
“And they got 39,” Debbie continued.
“39! The dancer said, “So they were so near.” “Let me take a wild guess, who didn’t give them the 40?” she said, referring to Craig Revel Horwood’s notoriously tough scoring. Janette then revealed that Dan, 44, would be competing this week.
He’ll be the series’ fifth contender to try his hand at the rumba.
Could Dan succumb to the low-scoring culture that has come to define the dance?
Last weekend, the broadcaster put on a charleston for musicals week.
He received a score of 31, which was one of the highest he’d ever received.
“For me, I believed you could be more free with your movement,” Motsi Mabuse said.
“So there was a little bit of that missing.” The balance, though, was this fantastic new Dan Walker.”