Dan Walker cant explain Shirley Ballas wrapping her leg around him

Dan Walker reflects on his Strictly Come Dancing experience

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Former BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker reunited with Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge Shirley Ballas on Monday night at the TV Choice Awards. The television presenter took to Instagram to share with his 276K followers a picture of him holding the former dancer’s leg as they posed together.

Addressing the cheeky pose Shirley had opted for, Dan admitted: “Can’t really explain this one,” alongside several crying with laughter emojis.

Shirley, 62, looked amazing in a floor length black off the shoulder dress, which was slashed high at the thigh to reveal a slender, toned, bronzed leg.

To finish off the elegant look she paired the gown with a pair of silver open-toed platform shoes.

Dan looked equally as resplendent, rocking a navy blue satin tuxedo that boasted a black lapel trim. He finished his dapper look with a black bow tie. 

Smiling as he looked down at the judge, he captioned the image: “About last night,” and added a series of dancing and laughing face emojis. 

He wrote: “The show won another gong and it was lovely to catch up with @shirleyballas, @mrantondubeke, @rocketrhys, @katiexmcglynn. @john_whaite and the brilliant team who make it all work @_jasfox_, @joe_wheato21 & @stefaleksander.

 “Also…one of the highlights of the night was meeting the one and only John Craven.”


Dan, who appeared as a Strictly contestant in 2021, was at the awards to see the popular BBC dancing show pick up a gong for Best Talent Show.

Fans flocked to his page to comment on the picture and on his statement-making tuxedo. 

One follower wrote: “Dan what is going on here,” followed by a series of sweaty brow emojis.

Another fan wrote “And as always the suit didn’t disappoint.”

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Followers were equally as pleased as Dan was to have met BBC legend, former Newsround host John Craven. 

With a fan posting: “Goodness John Craven – the source of news for everyone of a certain age. One word – legend.” 

While another added: “John Craven. What an absolute legend. Through Newsround he has given me a lifelong interest in news and current affairs, I’m sure I’m not the only one!!!”

The racy picture alongside Shirley comes after Dan revealed that he is in regular contact with current Strictly participant Helen Skelton.

He shared that he gives her regular advice and dancing tips as she competes on the show.

Dan, who finished in fifth place, believes that the presenter will go far in the competition.

Speaking to the Daily Star he said: “I know Helen Skelton really well and I’ve been talking to her quite a bit and I think she’s been fantastic.

“I told her she’s going to be there for quite some time.” 

He added: ”From my experience of it you have to enjoy it as much as you can and you never want to finish it and think Urgh, I wish I allowed myself to enjoy it more!”

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