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STRICTLY Come Dancing star John Whaite surprised fans tonight after confessing his love for partner Johannes Radebe.
The Great British Bake Off winner, 32, praised professional dancer partner Johannes for always supporting him and giving him the confidence each week.
On tonight's results show, the pair were delighted to have made it through to the semi-finals.
Claudia Winkleman asked the duo what this moment meant to them, John replied: "Thank you for letting us continue because this journey is wonderful and I just don't want it to end yet, not with a drop."
The BBC One host then recalled the first time she met John back in September and how nervous he initially was.
She asked: "Did you ever think that you'd be here going into the semi-final?"
"No, I didn’t think I would be able to have the confidence or the power to push through and it’s down to this one.
“He’s held my hand the entire way, he’s been a massive emotional support.
“He’s been kind, he’s never raised his voice at me, even though I’ve wanted him to at one point.
“He’s just been there unfalteringly, so thank you for showing me so much more than just dancing. This has been a life lesson and I love you so much.
An emotional Johannes held back tears and responded: “I love you too, thank you.”
The pair then shared a precious moment together as they hugged and sobbed after an emotional week.
Last night, Strictly fans were left fuming tonight as John got harshly marked after an error by his pro partner Johannes.
A bungled dance move meant the former Bake Off star was forced to unceremoniously drop the South African on the floor.
Johannes had given his partner the wrong arm to hold, causing him to drop him to the floor.
However, ever the pro, he attempted to make it look like part of the dance by hitting the deck with an outstretched arm.
Some felt the dance ended up being undermarked as a result – with Craig Revel-Horwood giving it a paltry seven.
He earlier told the pair: "I love it when it goes wrong, I absolutely love it."
But many fans thought it was unfair for John to get a low score when the bungle wasn't his fault.
Some viewers thought he was getting unduly punished with one viewer tweeting: "Is it fair to penalise John for Johannes' mistake?"
Another wrote: "Bit unfair to mark them down for a mistake by the professional dancer!"
Johannes owned up to the error immediately after their dance saying: "I gave him the wrong hand."
That landed them with a score of 32 that saw them trailing behind the other quarter-finalists.
Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu were awarded 39, as were Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice.
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