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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: John Whaite admits he’s faced ‘a lot of trolling’ ahead of Saturday’s grand finale

Strictly Come Dancing finalist John Whaite has admitted he’s been subject to ‘a lot of trolling’ this week, just days before he takes to the dance floor for the final time with Johannes Radebe.

John made Strictly history with Johannes when the pair became the first all-male competing couple on the series.

It hasn’t come without its challenges, as John has previously spoken out already on some of the backlash he has faced from a small number of people on social media.

Now, chatting to the BBC in the run-up to the final, he revealed ‘there’s been a lot of trolling this week.’

Even though the pair have been sent some nasty comments online, John promised: ‘The hate really has been lost in a tidal wave of kindness and support for us both.’

The Bake Off winner admitted when he was approached, he was initially unsure about pairing up with Johannes.

The pair’s routine on Saturday night left viewers very emotional (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

John says he always assumed he’d dance with a woman ‘because that was what the narrative was’.

The star said he told bosses: ‘“I really think I should dance with a straight man’, just to temper it a little bit and make it a bit more digestible for people who perhaps aren’t willing to digest that kind of thing.’

But luckily he was swayed into dancing with Johannes, with the pair becoming one of the most-loved partnerships in the show’s history.

The pair have performed some sensational routines (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

The celebrity chef has hit back at trolls in the past, and earlier this week took to social media to hit out at the ‘vicious’ bullies criticising him, calling them a ‘dying breed’.

‘You vicious, empty people are a dying breed. You’ll be left behind as the world becomes kinder, more empathic, more loving, more tolerant, more understanding,’ he wrote on social media.

‘The only grievance you should feel is your own failure to evolve.’

It comes after John and Johannes’ very emotional routine on Saturday night left half the country in tears.

They performed a Couple’s Choice to Adele’s Hometown Glory, scoring a huge 39 out of 40 points.

Before the poignant routine, John spoke in the VT about his experience of being bullied for being gay when he was a youngster.

The TV presenter detailed his childhood, growing up in a small town in Wigan, where he realised he was gay at a young age.

During his chat with the BBC, John also shared how much more ‘confident’ Johannes had helped him to become and said he’s now ‘happy in my own skin’.

This weekend, the pair are due to face Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis, AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington in Saturday’s finale.

However, AJ’s position is currently looking uncertain after she suffering ligament damage in her foot which left her needing crutches.

So far, she’s had to miss a lot of training this week but is hopeful things will be alright on the night – we’re keeping our fingers crossed!

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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