The BBC Breakfast presenter, who is one of the bookies’ favourites to be eliminated on Sunday, has said he was unable to rehearse his American Smooth routine after suffering a leg injury.
Appearing on It Takes Two on Thursday, Dan told host Janette Manrara: “We’ve had a slight issue this week. I had a bit of an injury to my left calf.
“We haven’t been able to do that much dancing this week, have we?” he added, turning to partner Nadiya Bychkova.
She explained: “No, to be honest, until today, between Monday and Wednesday we had a few hours of eggshell training.
“But, how [Dan] puts himself together, I can see how much pain he’s in but he’s like, ‘I’m fighting through, I love this dance and I really want to do it’. Today as we rehearsed for a few hours, he pulled it together.”
Dan has been the subject of conversation in the media and online as to how he has avoided being in the dance-off every week of the competition, while some contestants who’ve landed higher scores than him have ended up in the bottom two.
After noticing a newspaper headline titled “How Is TV Dan Still In Show?”, Dan posted on Instagram earlier this week: “I’m not sure but we are incredibly thankful for all the support and it’s a true privilege to be a small part of the biggest show on the telly.
“I know articles like this are sourced from a few comments on social media but each week I get thousands of messages from people who love the show and are really enjoying watching @nadiyabychkova teaching me to dance.”
Dan added: “Whoever you vote for this weekend… I hope you enjoy the show. I will continue to do it with a massive smile on my face.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One, with It Takes Two airing on weeknights at 6.30pm on BBC Two.