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Strictly fans rejoice as John Whaite and Johannes Radebe make show history as first all-male pairing

STRICTLY fans rejoiced tonight as John Whaite and Johannes Radebe made show history as the first same-sex male pairing.

The 2021 series kicked off in glittering fashion with the launch show, as the new batch of celebrities paired up with their pro dancers.

Great British Bake Off winner John, 32, signed up to Strictly knowing he would be one half of its first ever all-male couple.

And tonight, he discovered that his partner would be the fabulous Johannes, 34, who has become a firm favourite among fans since joining the show in 2018.

The pair follow in the footsteps of boxer Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, who were Strictly's first ever same-sex partnership on last year's series.

John had previous shared his hopes that Johannes would be his partner, telling the media: "I hope it’s Johannes because I think it would be really important for him to have the first all-male couple.

"I think it would be a really powerful message for him as well. That’s not to say that in the future it has to be two gay men, it could be two straight men doing an all-male couple.

"But I think for the first one, it would be important for it to be Johannes."

It seems show bosses agreed, and fans were thrilled as they watched the two men meet for the first time on tonight's pre-recorded show.

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "John and Johannes is EVERYTHING."

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Another added: "Honestly love that John and Johannes have been partnered together."

A third tweeted: "YES JOHN AND JOHANNES this pairing is PERFECT."

Meanwhile a fellow viewer wrote: "John & Johannes are the fabulous couple I’ve been waiting for, can’t wait to see what they come up with!"


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