Strictly announces first ever same-sex male pairing

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Strictly announces first ever same-sex male pairing as John Whaite joins lineup

John Whaite has joined the lineup for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, officially becoming part of the show’s first same-sex male couple.

Whaite, who won the third season of the Great British Bake Off in 2012, was confirmed as the fourth celebrity taking part in this year’s show this week.

The 33-year-old said he’s excited but “very, very nervous” to take to the dance floor this year.

He said: “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.

“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!”

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