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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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.
Do you have a story?
If you have a celebrity story, video or pictures, please contact the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 020 3615 2145 or our page Visit to submit content – we’d love to hear from you.
MORE: Devastated Mock The Week fans start petition to bring back ‘beloved’ show: ‘This is a farce’
https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/06/strictly-come-dancing-john-whaite-overjoyed-richie-anderson-will-be-part-of-all-male-couple-17137948/ Strictly Come Dancing: John Whaite over the moon Richie Anderson will be part of the all-male couple