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Strictly Come Dancing: John Whaite over the moon Richie Anderson will be part of the all-male couple

Strictly speaking, John Whaite is over the moon as Richie Anderson confirms he'll be part of an all-male couple:'I'm so damn pleased'

John reacted to the news on Saturday morning (Image: PA/Instagram/@john_whaite)

John Whaite, who was part of Strictly Come Dancing’s first-ever all-male couple in 2021, has told fans it “has to be the case every year” after Richie Anderson was confirmed to be repeating the move.

Great British Bake Off winner John faced Johannes Radebe last year and the pair made it to the final.

They received a lot of praise from fans throughout the series, both for their incredible routines and for pushing boundaries as part of an all-male couple on the show.

The duo finished runners-up behind Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and have remained firm friends ever since.

It was revealed on Friday that Radio 2 and The One Show favorite Richie would be following in John’s footsteps by also teaming up with a male professional dancer.

Now, John has responded in a poignant post on his Instagram Stories, writing: “So freaking excited that Strictly is doing a male-male couple again this year and hope it does every year from now on.

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Richie has been confirmed to be an all-male couple this year (Credits: PA)

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John and Johannes stole our hearts last year (Image: PA)

“It has to be,” added the chef. “Because queer inclusion isn’t an exercise in ticking boxes for a series, it’s a sea change in narrative for life.”

He went on to thank the team at Strictly for “continuing to include the outcasts.”

Instagram post by John White

John wrote a poignant post on Saturday morning (Image: Instgram/@john_whaite)

The 2021 finalist threw his support behind Richie, closing: “All the love and happiness to @richieanderson who will love every second.”

Richie announced the news live on Radio 2 yesterday and called it an “honour” to be in a same-sex couple.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: John Whaite and Johannes Radebe attend the LGBT Awards 2022 at The Brewery on June 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

John and Johannes have remained firm friends (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

“It’s such an honor to be part of an all-male dance partnership, it’s so important that we have this inclusion in such a big show,” he shared.

The first same-sex couple on Strictly in 2020 was boxing champion Nicola Adams and Katya Jones.

BBC handout photo of Nicola Adams (right) and Katya Jones during dress rehearsal for Saturday's BBC1 dance competition program Strictly Come Dancing. PA photo. Picture date: Saturday October 24, 2020. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux only NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use longer than 21 days from issue. You may only use this image free of charge for the purpose of publication or coverage of current BBC programmes, staff or other BBC results or activities within 21 days of publication. Any use after this MUST be approved by BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programmer as described in the caption.

Katya and Nicola became the series’ first same-sex couple in 2020 (Image: PA)

Unfortunately, the couple were forced to leave the competition early because Katya signed Covid.

It was recently reported that producers are allegedly trying to sign celebrities for two same-sex pairings in this year’s 20th anniversary series

“It was clear from audience feedback that fans wanted to see celebrities compete with a partner of the same sex, if that’s their preference,” a source said.

“After an all-female pairing and an all-male pairing, they were both keen to have this year.”

Add to The sunThe source said, “The thought is that same-sex pairings will be an important part of Strictly going forward.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One next month.

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