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Nadiya Bychkova pays sweet nod to Dan Walker upon solo Strictly return ’Stolen his blazer’

Strictly: Nadiya wears Dan Walker's blazer in his absence

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Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova made it all the way to the quarter-final stage on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, eventually missing out on the semis following a dance-off with AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington. The BBC Breakfast presenter had become a fan-favourite for his efforts on the dance floor but also kept It Takes Two viewers entertained week in, week out with his dapper appearances on the BBC spin-off.

With Dan no longer in the competition, however, he didn’t have to join Rylan Clark and Janette Manrara on It Takes Two this week.

Nadiya, however, did return to the sister show to take part in the pro’s challenge feature of the programme.

However, while Nadiya had spent much of this series accompanying a tuxedo-decked Dan while wearing a showstopping dress, on Friday she donned a blazer.

And it didn’t go unnoticed by host Rylan. The It Takes Two host began by introducing Nadiya and Katya Jones to the show.

“Give it up for Nadiya Bychkova and Katya Jones,” Rylan began. “Welcome back ladies, take your seats. 

“It’s like a fashion show in here,” he joked about the pair’s outfits. 

He continued: “Right, first thing’s first, there is already a reigning champion amongst us… Nadiya.”

“She’s wearing a crown at the moment, you won last year with your fleckerls, let’s take a look at it.”

A clip from last year’s pro challenge played on-screen as Nadiya cheekily brushed off the shoulder of her blazer.

“There you are look, loving life. Gorgeous red dress on,” Rylan weighed in before adding: “(But) a blazer tonight.”

“A blazer tonight,” Nadiya replied before revealing it was all part of a sweet nod to her eliminated celebrity partner.

“Well, Daniel is not here so someone had to wear it,” she revealed.

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“Is it Dan’s blazer?” an excited Rylan quizzed but Nadiya refused to confirm or deny.

“She’s stolen Dan’s blazer,” Rylan joked as Katya and Nadiya shared a laugh.

Soon after, Rylan introduced the clips from Katya and Nadiya’s attempts at this year’s pro challenge.

And not only did Nadiya win this year’s pro challenge, but she also received a world record for her pat-a-cake moves.

Nadiya recorded 38 pat-a-cakes in a space of 30 seconds and landed herself in the record books.

“I can’t believe it,” a stunned Nadiya said to Rylan.

Katya narrowly missed out on a spot in the record books as she recorded just three fewer than Nadiya.

It Takes Two airs weekdays at 6:30pm on BBC Two.

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