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Strictly’s Johannes Radebe brushes off drag complaints with a full face of make-up

Strictly Come Dancing professional Johannes Radebe brushed off the complaints against his drag performance in the most fabulous way possible.

The 33-year-old was serving drag eleganza on Saturday night when he, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez wore make-up, heels and plunging fringed playsuits to pay homage to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on musicals week.

However, while most viewers appreciate the slayage, 100 people called Ofcom to complain about the routine.

Johannes didn’t seem to care too much, though, as he just got more fabulous with a make-up tutorial on Strictly’s TikTok channel.

In the video, the South African dancer applied a bold red lip, eyeliner and bronzed eyeshadow before declaring he was ‘living my best life’.

He said: ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, what you are. If you’re feeling like putting on an eyeliner in the morning when you’re coming to work, then darling, why not?

‘When you do put on that red bold lip and go out into the world, you feel like you can conquer anything.’

Johannes, who left the competition with partner Caroline Quentin two weeks ago, said: ‘I’m living my best life! I really, really am. I look mighty cute. Mighty, mighty cute. Not even cute, gorgeous darling, you look gorgeous darling.’

Saying he thought he did a ‘banging job’, Johannes added: ‘So glad I took off that beard, can you imagine?’

The dancer shared the video to his own Instagram and captioned it: ‘DO YOU boo’, and fans were loving Johannes’s attitude, as well as his killer look.

Caroline Quentin commented: ‘You are going get such a massive cuddle when I get back to that studio’, while Dr Ranj Singh wrote: ‘HUNNY!!!!!’

Former Strictly champ Stacey Dooley wrote: ‘If this isn’t me on tour ……’, while fellow pro Nancy Xu gave Johannes a ‘perfect 10’.

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Graziano and Johannes’s routine sparked complaints from Strictly fans in 2019 (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

The dancer, who is gay, has yet to address the complaints against his routine, but he thanked Giovanni and Gorka for dragging up with him for the routine to Cece Peniston’s Finally.

Johannes wrote on Instagram: ‘I work with a fab bunch of people but I wanted to shout-out to these two for shamelessly putting the motion in every single part, fierce enough to strut their stuff…We appreciate you @gorka_marquez & @pernicegiovann1 and as for partner @aljazskorjanec thank you darling.’

Judge Craig Revel Horwood defended the routine, which was inspired by the musical Priscilla, based on the 1994 film, which follows two drag queens and a transgender woman as they travel to a drag show across the Australian outback.

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, he said: ‘It’s a form of theatre. They’re artists, they’re dancers and they are involving themselves in characters.

‘I was just really sad that I didn’t make an entrance, I was so jealous, I just wanted to be in there with a big blue emu on my head.

‘It think it’s mad to complain about something like that. If you haven’t seen that movie, I suggest you go and watch it and see why they are doing what they were doing. It’s not just for fancy dress. I think the people that are complaining just need to turn onto another station.’

It isn’t the first time one of Johannes’s routines has attracted complaints; last year, his same-sex dance with Graziano Di Prima was criticised.

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday on BBC One. 

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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