John Whaite to make Strictly Come Dancing history as first-ever all-male couple
Former Bake Off winner confirmed for the show
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Following the announcement that Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb and AJ Odudu will participate in the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing, the bosses unveiled this morning (Thursday August 5) another famous face, in the form of famous baker John Whaite!
John, who won the third round of The Great British Bake Off in 2012, was unveiled on social media this morning, with a tweet from the official Strictly account: “Rum baba to Rumba, all stand up for the baker star and now future star #Strictly John Whaite! ‘. (sic)
Speaking about his appointment on the show, John confirmed he was set to make history by being half of the very first all-male partnership.
He said: “I am so grateful, excited and nervous to join the Strictly 2021 family. I have been wearing sequins and jazzy outfits since I was three years old and can’t wait to get started, full blast, on the. most glamorous dance floor in the world.
“What’s more exciting for me is that I’m going to be half of the first all-male partnership, which is a big step forward in representation and inclusion. No matter who I’m paired with, I am. hope they’re up for a challenge because I want our routines to include lots of spectacular lifts! ”
While it has not yet been confirmed which professional dancer will be paired with John, this year’s pros were revealed earlier in the year, with four new faces joining the lineup.
Discover all the confirmed professional dancers below:
Kai is the 2010 Latin American Junior World Champion and a former Dancing With The Stars pro in Ireland. He said: “This is my childhood dream come true. Watching the very first series strictly as a young boy from Southampton and now 18 years later being a professional dancer on the series is the most amazing feeling and the greatest accomplishment of my career. I can’t wait to step onto Strictly Floor and experience the exciting times that lie ahead. “
Cameron is the reigning South African champion in Latin America and said: thank you. Not only is it a dream come true, but a challenge that I accept with both hands. I am excited beyond imagination and can’t wait to make my mark on the dance floor! “
Nikita is a six-time national Latin and ballroom champion in Italy and a former professional of Let’s Dance Germany. He said: “I have always been amazed by the magic that Strictly Come Dancing brings. No matter what country I found myself in, I never missed an opportunity to watch it. professional dancer is my great chance to make magic on the most famous dance floor. I can’t wait to give it my all! “
Jowita is the Polish Open Latin 2014 champion and winner of The Greatest Dancer 2020 from BBC One. She said: “This is my biggest dream come true. No words can describe how I feel right now. I always pinch myself to check if this is real, but I am more than happy to join the Strictly family. Come Dancing and I can’t wait to give all my heart and soul to this dance floor! “
In 2020, Aljaž teamed up with Clara Amfo.
In 2020, Amy was paired with JJ Chalmers.
In 2020, Dianne partnered with Max George of The Wanted.
In 2020, Giovanni teamed up with Good Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh.
In 2020, Janette reached the final with singer HRVY.
Gorka also reached the final in 2020, with EastEnders actress Maisie Smith.
In 2020, Johannes teamed up with Caroline Quentin.
In 2020, Karen teamed up with Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing.
Katya made history in 2020 when she teamed up with Nicola Adams, making it the series’ first-ever gay partnership.
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Graziano did not have a famous partner last year.
In 2020, Luba teamed up with Jason Bell.
Nadiya did not have a famous partner last year.
Chinese dancer Nancy Xu joined the cast in 2019 as a backup dancer and choreographer.
Neil didn’t have a famous partner last year.
After winning the show in 2019, Oti was crowned the winner again in 2020, this time with comedian Bill Bailey.
2020 saw Strictly’s bosses move away from more traditional male / female partnerships, following in Dancing On Ice’s footsteps by having the first-ever all-female couple involving Nicola Adams and Katya Jones.
Although Nicola and Katya’s trip was cut short for Covid reasons, viewers were delighted to see the couple.
Meanwhile, in other Strictly news, the bosses started showing off this year’s celebs on Wednesday night’s episode of The One Show, with Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb, and AJ Odudu all revealed.
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