Johannes Radebe crashed to the floor on last night’s Strictly Come Dancing - but what he said later on was even more painful.

The professional dancer is paired with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, and they are the long running series’ first ever male-male couple.

But last night a daring lift at the end of their routine went awry, causing the 34-year-old South African pro to drop to the floor as his partner, 32, looked on in shock and the audience (and no doubt people at home) gasped.

The pair had performed an upbeat and fun salsa to Sister Sledge's We Are Family when their big finale faltered.

Johannes Radebe and John Whaite performed a rousing salsa - but it ended badly (


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After picking himself up, Johannes and John walked to the judging panel for their comments and scores - but it was something that the embarrassed dancer said under his breath that wasn’t picked up on camera that gave a heartbreaking insight in to what went wrong.

Tess asked: “Why are you saying sorry?"

Joannes said, despondently: “I gave him the wrong hand.”

Showing genuine care, Tess said: "Well he did very well considering. It doesn't matter.

"It's live Johannes don't worry anything can happen."

Despite the dramatic ending, John later praised his dance pro and said he was proud of what they have achieved (


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It wasn't the only awkward moment on last night's show.

Shirley Ballas seemed to 'forget' that Rose Ayling-Ellis is deaf with an inappropriate - but innocent - remark about noise.

And the pressure got to AJ Ododu, who sobbed after 'messing' up a lift of her own.

Later John took to his Instagram stories to show there are no hard feelings.

He wrote: “In spite of throwing poor Johannes Radebe to the floor with an almighty thud, tonight I had so much bloody fun on that dance floor and I'm so proud of what we've achieved."

The judges also were able to praise the dance without the messed up ending ruining it for them.

Craig Revel Horwood played up to his villain image and said: "I love it when it goes wrong."

Tess Daly overheard Johannes mutter something off camera - and got him to make a heartbreaking admission of guilt (


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The pair are the show's first ever male-male couple (


BBC/Guy Levy)

Motsi Mabuse, back on the panel after being caught up in coronavirus quarantine, agreed: "Like Craig, I loved it, because it's just so funny."

Head judge Shirley Ballas was impressed with their attitude towards the mishap, and Anton Du Beke still gave them a nine.

However, some fans believed that they had been scored too generously, and took to Twitter to air their anger.

Tonight’s result show will see who of the remaining couples will make it in to next week’s semi-finals.

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