Strictly: Johannes jokes he wants to 'run away' from John
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Johannes Radebe and John Whaite featured on Friday’s instalment of Lorraine for a chat about Strictly Come Dancing. Pro dancer Johannes and Great British Bake Off star John have been dazzling judges each week on the BBC competition and could soon be within touching distance of the Glitterball Trophy. However, Johannes opened up to Lorraine Kelly about an irritation with John backstage which made him want to “run away”.
John, 32, admitted to Lorraine that he often forgets parts of his Strictly routines minutes before he’s meant to take to the main stage.
John looked at Johannes and explained: “We went through the dance just before we went on, but I often forget, don’t I?”
Lorraine chimed in to clarify that the duo goes through their dance routines just before performing in front of the judges.
John asked Johannes: “What do you think when that happens?
Johannas quipped: “Oh I want to run away but I have to remember to keep calm and make sure he’s okay.”
The 34-year-old South African dancer added: “It’s stressful, we also get stressed out.”
John went on to explain that the professional dancers have to work “so hard” as they have to manage their own nerves as well as look after the celebrity contestants.
“So the pros on Strictly, especially this one [Johannes], are the ones that make the show,” John gushed.
“Huge kudos to you guys as without you it would just be a hot mess.”
In recent weeks John has delivered some stellar performances alongside Johannes.
Last Saturday night the pair performed an emotional Rumba to Sting’s Shape Of My Heart which left many fans in tears.
The routine earned the duo a total of 35 points from the judges, making it the highest-scoring Rumba of the series to date.
John and Johannes recently opened up about being the show’s first-ever all-male pairing.
John told Attitude magazine he was “anxious” about dancing with Johannes because he was expected “hate and flack” and feared he’d be targeted by online trolls.
He explained: “As soon as I found out, I felt a little bit anxious. I think as gay people, we have to choose the places we go to, we have to choose the people we speak to, who we even look at, because we have been conditioned to kind of expect hate and flack.
“So honestly, I was quite anxious about it. I knew that it was an important thing to do, that it was hopefully going to change the way TV is, change the way that children feel when they watch TV — it’s massive — but I was expecting to get a lot of hate, like [people] sliding into the DMs and saying, ‘You’re disgusting” and that kind of thing.”
The TV chef also said he felt uncomfortable with the public calling him and Johannes “role models” as they have people helping them backstage such as make-up artists and costume designers.
This weekend, the duo will be dancing the Samba to Acuyuye by DLG.
There are just eight couples left in the competition, so John and Johannes will have to pull out all stops to make it into week nine.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One.
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