Strictly Come Dancing star John Whaite says there is a hidden message in his semi-final dance with partner Johannes Radebe this weekend.

The Great British Bake Off star revealed their couple’s choice performance will be to Adele’s track Hometown Glory.

Explaining the poignant song choice, the 32-year-old told BBC Breakfast: “What Johannes and I realised since we met each other and became dance partners, and now lifelong friends, is that we share history.

“Growing up with the shame of being gay, the shame of not being accepted by society, by people telling us to be more masculine, people trying to shoehorn us into the notion of being a man.

“So we wanted to do this dance to say a huge thank you to the people who allowed us to not be shoehorned, to not be silenced.”

John said the pair would be dedicating their dance to the LGBTQ+ community and “anyone who has made this happen basically”

Bake off star John Whaite and Johannes Radebe are in the Strictly semi-final (


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John and Johannes made history as the first male same sex couple to have ever appeared on Strictly since the BBC show started in 2004.

In 2020, Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams was paired up with professional dancer Katya Jones.

But sadly for Nicola, the pair were forced to pull out of the competition after she tested positive for Covid.

Both John and Johannes are openly gay. In an exclusive interview with The Mirror John said such a pairing was “important” as it sends a “powerful message”.

Although he noted in future a same-sex pairing doesn’t necessarily have to be between two gay men to be a same-sex couple, adding he would have been “happy to dance with anyone”.

John and Johannes are the first male same-sex couple on the BBC show (


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John and Johannes ended up with a score of 32 on Saturday night despite a hitch in their salsa routine.

Viewers were shocked as Johannes crashed to the floor during a lift as they danced to Sister Sledge’s We Are Family.

Host Tess asked Johannes: “Why are you saying sorry?”

“I gave him [John] the wrong hand,” Johannes replied, explaining why he fell.

Will John and Johannes go through to the finals this weekend? (


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Speaking afterwards, John said he could still hear Johannes hit the floor with an “almighty thud” adding he was “traumatised” from it.

Hopefully things will go off without a hitch this weekend as the pair take to the floor to compete against fellow semi-finalists AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu and Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice.

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker became the latest celebrity to leave the dance contest after he and partner Nadiya Bychkova were eliminated on Sunday night.

*The Strictly Come Dancing semi-final airs on December 11 at 7.05pm with the results show on December 12 at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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