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Johannes Radebe reveals the real rivalry on Strictly Come Dancing: ‘The pros are vicious, not the celebrities’

Strictly Come Dancing fan-favourite Johannes Radebe has revealed the real rivalry that goes on behind-the-scenes of the BBC One ballroom show.

The professional dancer, who made history with John Whaite as they formed the show’s first all-male pairing and came runners-up in this year’s series, appeared on Friday’s The Graham Norton Show alongside actor Andrew Garfield.

Teasing Johannes about rivalries and competition on the show, Graham asked: ‘Johannes, I imagine on Strictly in terms of those rivalries and stuff it must be vicious.’

Johannes joked: ‘Yes, the pros are vicious. Not the celebrities, the celebrities just want to dance,’ adding: ‘No, but it’s the professionals.’

Graham probed: ‘But also is there a kind of rivalry with the professionals about which celebrity they are going to get?’

‘Absolutely,’ Johannes admitted.

He said that the celebrities ‘just want to dance’ amid the pro rivalry (Pictures: BBC)

‘Well, you want somebody that can move and walk in heels, you know, that’s the first thing, and we check, we suss the situation out as they walk into the room, and we go on Instagram and check who they are.’

Graham quipped: ‘That does make me laugh, because so many of the dancers aren’t from this country, so how the f*** are you going to know who they are? We barely know who they are!’

Johannes and John made Strictly-history as the show’s first all-male pairing (Picture: BBC)

Jokingly, Graham imitated a professional dancer when they meet their celebrity for the first time, saying: ‘“Oh I’m so happy!”’

‘Whoever you are!’ added guest Dawn French.

Johannes was left in fits of laughter, crying: ‘I can’t take you anywhere, Graham’ before adding: ‘No, but it’s true!’

Graham left Johannes in fits of laughter: ‘I can’t take you anywhere, Graham!’ (Picture: BBC)

The performer also spoke to Graham about his upcoming dance tour, Freedom.

Speaking about the production’s inspiration, he said: ‘It’s a melting pot of everything I have learnt.

‘I have danced around the world, but it is the first time I have danced to my music.

‘I have all these African influences and I finally get to dance to my own tune.

‘It is a lot of dancers’ dream to headline their own show and we don’t get opportunities like that where I come from.

‘I am just so grateful that I am here, and it is happening for me.’

The Graham Norton Show airs next Friday at 10.35pm on BBC One. 


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