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Hes tall and hes not fat Len Goodman clarifies Dan Walker Strictly comments

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Len Goodman, 76, has exclusively told Express.co.uk that he believes Dan Walker is a force to be reckoned with on Strictly Come Dancing 2021, but not for the reason fans might have expected. The BBC Breakfast presenter is among a new batch of contestants on the reality series, alongside the likes of AJ Odudu, Tilly Ramsay, John Whaite, and Adam Peaty.

Former Strictly judge Len previously told Good Morning Britain that he is a huge fan of this year’s line-up as it has a “lovely eclectic mix of people”.

Singling out Dan, the TV star said on Good Morning Britain: “I played golf the other week with Dan Walker and he’s up for it. I tell you, he’s a competitive sort of guy.”

Susanna Reid then teased: “He pretends to be Mr Nice Guy, doesn’t he? But actually he’s absolutely gonna grab that trophy.”

Len admitted: “Whether he’s good I don’t know, however, he won’t lose for lack of trying.”

GMB presenter Ben Shephard chimed: “He’s looking forward to that as well, he loves a bit of hard work.”

The ballroom veteran explained he had selected Dan as his favourite to win the contest because of his imposing figure.

He reiterated tExpress.co.uk: “The reason I went with Dan Walker [to win] is that I saw him play golf…I played golf with him. 

“All I know is he’s tall and he’s not fat which is a good start.”

Dan announced he would be taking part in the BBC One series back in August and told his BBC Breakfast co-hosts: “I’m not making any room on our shelf for the Glitterball (Trophy).”

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.”

The TV presenter also revealed he had lost a third of a stone from training for the show before it had even begun, but Dan hasn’t always been on top of his weight.

Back in 2018, Dan, revealed that the early mornings required as a host on BBC Breakfast meant he had started to have two breakfasts a day and had gained a few inches on his waistline.

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Speaking to Waitrose Weekend magazine, Dan explained: “One of the issues involved with getting up at a daft time is food. Lots of people with early start experience have warned me about the extra meal issue.

“A double breakfast is required when you get up so early – one at stupid o’clock and another a more conventional hour. 

“An extra meal a day over a long period of time means an extra few inches on the waist.

“I have already sent one suit to the charity shop because the trousers have become a little too restrictive for the TV.”

He went on: “My problem is that I struggle to function on an empty stomach. For the first six months, I ate a bowl of porridge at 5.30 every morning but now I have switched to religiously eating peanut butter on toast at the same time without fail.

“These early starts do strange things to you. If I end up doing this job for long, I worry I will be 25 stone and have a face like Skeletor.”

Fast forward three years to now and Dan has clearly managed to take stock of his health, while his participation in Strictly Come Dancing has certainly worked in his favour.

In a post on his Instagram, Dan said: “Working on my new dancey posture with @sallynugenttv on the BBC Breakfast this morning. Also noticed that my trousers were a bit loosey goosey. Turns out I’ve lost a third of a stone already dancing with @nadiyabychkova!!” (sic)

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