Strictly Come Dancing has revealed its fourth celebrity contestant for the upcoming series.
Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite will take to the ballroom and star in the 19th run of the hit BBC show.
Not only that, he’ll be part of the first ever all-male partnership.
The news was revealed by Matt Lucas on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday morning and comes after Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb and AJ Odudu were confirmed as the first contestants on The One Show on Wednesday night.
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John, who was given the codename Hercules by show bosses, has said he is “born to be on the dance floor”.
He said on BBC Radio 2 this morning: “I’m so excited I’m actually shaking. I was born to be on that dancefloor, I think I’ll have to be taken off kicking and screaming every week.”
Speaking about making Strictly history he added: “When they asked me I bit their hand off. To do that for the LGBT community is one thing, but to see two women or two men dancing is just a sign of respect. I’m excited on so any levels to be doing the first male partnership.”
John won Bake Off back in 2012 at the age of 23 and viewers will these days most likely see him on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch.
John on Steph’s Packed Lunch
(Image: Channel 4)
He has also written for a variety of newspaper and magazine publications on the topics of food and mental health, and has published five cookery books.
John also runs his own cookery school, John Whaite’s Kitchen.
He has also said of his new gig: “I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family.
“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.
John won the third series of Bake Off in 2012
“What’s more exciting for me, is that I’m going to be one half of the first all-male partnership, which is a great step forward in representation and inclusion.
“Whoever it is I’m paired with, I hope they are up for a challenge as I want our routines to include lots of spectacular lifts!”
There are still 11 more celebrities to announce before the brand new series begins this autumn.
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