John Whaite has joined the line-up for Strictly 2021 (Picture: BBC)
It’s an exciting one, not only because John is Bake Off legend, but because he’ll form part of the series’ first ever all-male couple and only the second ever same-sex partnership after Nicola Adams and Katya Jones last year.
The news was announced on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday morning, with guest presenter Matt Lucas making the announcement on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.
‘I am so excited! I’m very, very nervous. I’m actually shaking inside,’ John said.
‘I was born to be on that dancefloor. I’m going to have to be taken off kicking and screaming every week.’
Who is John Whaite?
John now owns a cookery school (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)
John, 33, was first seen on our TV screens in The Great British Bake Off in 2012.
He won the series, kicking off his career as a TV chef.
From then on, he’s appeared on daytime shows like Lorraine, securing his own weekly slot the show.
He’s also appeared on This Morning, What’s Cooking?, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sunday Brunch as a guest chef, and secured another regular spot on Steph’s Packed Lunch.
John is also a presenter in his own right, hosting ITV’s cooking show Chopping Block, which aired in 2016 and 2017, alongside Rosemary Shrager.
As well as his TV work, John has released his own cookery books and has his own cooking school in Lancashire, near his hometown.
When was John Whaite on the Great British Bake Off?
John appeared on Bake Off in the third series in 2012.
He won, beating fellow finalists Brendan Lynch and James Morton, but he only ever won Star Baker once.
The star even had a complete disaster on the show, deciding to bake some delicious Rum Babas.
However, he mistakenly used salt instead of sugar with Mary Berry refusing to try them and Paul Hollywood spitting them out.
Despite that, he won the judges over, winning with his Italian sausage and roasted vegetable pithivier, fondant fancies and heaven and hell chiffon cake.
Who is John Whaite dating?
John is thought to be engaged to graphic designer Paul Atkins.
Who is John Whaite’s dancing partner on Strictly Come Dancing 2021?
John will be part of a same-sex couple, meaning he’ll be partnered up with one of this year’s male pro dancers.
It will either be newbies Kai Widdrington, Nikita Kuzmin, or Cameron Lombard, or old faves Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, and Neil Jones.
Strictly Come Dancing returns this autumn to BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.