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Strictly: John Whaite says he was ‘scared’ before live show
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Strictly Come Dancing contestant John Whaite, 32, made history when it was announced that he would be in the BBC show’s first all-male couple alongside Johannes Radebe, 34. The chef has revealed that he had been reduced to tears after the professional dancer had been kind to him as well as how sometimes it’s best to just “send him home”.
Appearing on Steph’s Packed Lunch yesterday, the former Great British Bake Off contestant confessed that rehearsals had been hard for him.
Despite their intense training, John credited Johannes for being “too nice to him” which led to a minor disagreement between the pair.
Although he admitted they get on perfectly well it didn’t take long for the Strictly amateur to get emotional as he confessed that when things get “stressful” Johannes will send him home.
John explained: “He was being too nice. I said, ‘Johannes, I’m just not getting it so please can you talk me through the steps, be horrible to me and I’ll get it.’
“He was like, ‘No darling, I don’t do that.’ I started crying.”
The Strictly duo are set to perform a Tango to Blue Monday for their opening dance, and preparations seem to still be on track as John’s partner, Paul Atkins, and Johannes were able to calm him down.
Despite their disagreement, John admitted he was “loving every minute” of Strictly.
When Channel 4 host Steph McGovern asked Johannes how rehearsals were going, the South-African born dancer said he was “lucky” to be partnered with John.
He said: “[John has] been lovely to work with and I mean that with everything in me.
“John has got a discipline that’s unquestionable, he goes to the gym in the mornings so by the time he turns up he’s all warmed up and ready to go and I can’t tell you what that makes me feel like.
“Every day I go home and I’m like, I’m a lucky human.”
John added: “Sometimes the days are stressful and we have to take a few more breaks.
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“Last week when we were learning the steps, I was getting really stressed, I glaze over.
“I reach mental saturation and he has to either feed me Haribo or send me home and I think it’s easier just to put me in a cab and send me home.”
Ahead of the Strictly launch last week, John revealed he was excited to be a part of the dance show.
“I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family,” he explained.
“I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth.”
Viewers will likely remember John for winning the third series of the Great British Bake Off in 2012.
Since then he has released four cookery books with his first, John Whaite Bakes, being released the year after he won Bake Off.
He currently has a weekly cooking segment on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday on BBC One at 7pm.
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