Johannes Radebe, John Whaite humbled by love as ‘Strictly’ male pair

Johannes Radebe and John Whaite made history earlier this year as the first all-male pairing on Strictly Come Dancing. As the South African dance professional and the Great British Bake Off season three winner head into the finals of the dance competition, the pair reflect on their Strictly journey as all eyes have been on them. 

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Johannes Radebe and John Whaite kicked off season 19 of Strictly Come Dancing with a bang on Saturday 25 September with their first live performance. All eyes were on them as they were the dance competition’s first all-male pairing and second same-sex pairing after Nicola Adams and Katya Jones in 2018. 

Since the live shows kicked off, Radebe and Whaite have received exceptional scores from the judges. Their first performance saw them receive a standing ovation from judges Oti Mabuse and Shirley Ballas. 

Johannes Radebe and John Whaite will compete in the Strictly Come Dancing final against AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington and Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice on Saturday 18 December.



In an interview with Sky News on Saturday 11 December, Johannes Radebe and John Whaite thanked their fans for their undying love and support throughout their Strictly journey. Whaite shared that they have been fighting for minorities around the world mentioning that he feels immensely proud. 

“To be able to do this now on a huge platform, the biggest platform in our country and to have no question around it…You know we’ve had very little hate, very little flack. We’ve had overwhelming support and love.”

“To be able to do that, it just shows how far we’ve come in terms of our attitudes to diversity generally. Not just gay diversity, but diversity at large.”

“I’ve never ever thought that this moment would come,” added Radebe. 

“When I saw Nicola and Katya do it for the first time last year, I just wanted to applaud the BBC for having to make such a stand. So there are people that we really have to say thank you [to] for really pushing this.”

“As an African boy, it’s big,” concluded the dance professional. 

“We’ve had overwhelming support and love.”

Bake Off winner John Whaite and his dance partner Johannes Radebe have made it to the semi-finals of this year’s #StrictlyComeDancing.

They speak to Sky News about being the show’s first male same-sex pairing.

— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 11, 2021


Johannes Radebe and John Whaite have been applauded by the world for their extraordinary dancing in Strictly Come Dancing. The pair are constantly receiving messages of praise on social media. 

Taking to Twitter to praise one of their week 10 performances a fan wrote: “Thank you John and Johannes for telling your story. So proud of them.”

Another wrote: “Is there anyone in the world with more pizazz than Johannes Radebe? I refuse to believe it’s possible.”

the power in this moment. thank you john and johannes for telling your story so proud of them #strictly

— comfort for johannes radebe fans ♡ (@johannescomfort) December 11, 2021

Is there anyone in the world with more pizazz than Johannes Radebe? I refuse to belive it’s possible

— The Comedy Doctor (@comedy_doc) December 11, 2021

I know I’m slightly off point here, but Johannes Radebe is such a beautiful mesmerising dancer! #SDC2021 #Strictly

— Teresa Guerreiro (@TeresaGuerreir2) December 11, 2021

Strongest #StrictlyComeDancing final ever? And what a surprise the most diverse… diversity of all kinds = strength, it’s not an accident, and it’s not wokery, it’s just true.

— Georgina Cannon (@georgiecannon) December 12, 2021

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