Dan Walker 'genuinely terrified' as he joins 'Strictly' 2021 line-up

Strictly Come Dancing - Dan Walker (BBC)
Dan Walker is to compete in this year's Strictly Come Dancing. (BBC)

Dan Walker has admitted he's "genuinely terrified" as he becomes the eighth celebrity announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2021.

The BBC Breakfast host says he is “definitely excited, a little bit worried, mostly terrified and a small part of me is considering going into hiding!”.

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He added: “My kids have only ever asked me to go on two shows… Saturday Mash Up and Strictly. I did Saturday Mash Up this summer so… it’s time to embrace the sequins.”

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He later tweeted that he received "a gazillion messages" and was "genuinely terrified" to be taking part.

His BBC Breakfast co-host Louise Minchin called Walker a "rascal" for keeping his participation in the dancing competition a secret.

Walker announced earlier this year he was stepping down from the helm of BBC Football Focus after 12 years.

Dan Walker appearing on Would I Lie To You? (Endemol Shine/Brian J Ritchie)
Dan Walker on Would I Lie To You?. (Endemol Shine/Brian J Ritchie)

He also presented the BBC’s Olympic Breakfast throughout the recent sporting event in Tokyo.

Strictly Come Dancing will air later this year.

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