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Strictly Come Dancing’s Johannes Radebe ‘proud his groundbreaking same-sex routine started conversations’

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Strictly Come Dancing star Johannes Radebe has reflected on his groundbreaking same-sex routine a year on – as the show gets ready to welcome its first all-female couple.

Professional dancer Johannes teamed up with fellow pro Graziano Di Prima last year to dance a contemporary piece to musical guest Emeli Sande last November.

It was the first prominent, all-male routine in the show’s 15-year history, and arguably the milestone paved the way for Nicola Adams and Katya Jones this year, as the first same-sex couple to compete.

Speaking on The One Show, Johannes said he was proud of what he was able to achieve with that routine.

He told Alex Jones and Gethin Jones: ‘It was a dance between two people, friends, for that matter, and I knew that it was going to start conversations but that’s what we need to do.

‘I’m so happy that Strictly are now introducing same-sex couples this year, and I think we should all just wait for that and really embrace it.

Johannes and Graziano’s moving routine was praised by fans (Picture: BBC)

‘We started the journey so I hope it continues. It was such a proud moment. I love everything about that dance.’

Fans fell in love with the moving routine when it was performed last year, and despite the BBC getting complaints, overall the reaction was positive.

Johannes is competing with Caroline Quentin this year (Picture: BBC)

Now, Katya Jones is teaming up with boxing champ Nicola Adams to make history as the first all female pairing to compete – and they’re hard at work in rehearsals.

After performing briefly alongside their competitors in the opening number last Saturday, this weekend will see them make their full dance debut.

And their song choice couldn’t be more perfect – a quickstep to classic track Get Happy by Ella Fitzgerald.

Johannes is partnered with Caroline Quentin this year, and will perform an American Smooth to 9 to 5 (Morning Train) by Sheena Easton.

The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One.

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Credit: Original article published here.

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