Strictly’s John Whaite brags he’s making ‘big strides’ during rehearsals

Strictly’s John Whaite revealed he is making “great strides” in rehearsals ahead of Saturday’s first live show and this weekend’s pre-recorded launch.

The former Great British Bake Off winner, 32, said “today was a good day” when he shared a photo in the studios on Thursday night, on the heels of speculation that he has been linked to Johannes Radebe after they were seen together in rehearsals. .

He then took part in a Q&A on his Instagram story, where he was quizzed about the show’s preparation, his love life, and shared how he was “really honored” to be the show’s first all-male combination — while also cast a cheeky glance at his fake tan regime.

Nice! Strictly’s John Whaite has said he is making ‘great strides’ in dance rehearsals ahead of the first live show this Saturday and this weekend’s pre-recorded launch

On his social media, he captioned the photo: “Today was a good day. Big steps forward, can’t wait for you to meet me and {???} as a partnership.

‘From Saturday he will be here with me in this photo. I feel guilty that the journey thus far has been mine and not ours.’

He looked sporty in a white T-shirt and black shorts while wearing a cap for the mirror selfie taken during a rehearsal session.

ahem!  He then took part in a Q&A on his Instagram story, where he was quizzed about the show's preparation, his love life, and shared how he was

ahem! He then took part in a Q&A on his Instagram story, where he was quizzed about the show’s preparation, his love life, and shared how he was “really honored” to be the show’s first all-male combination — while also threw a cheeky look at his fake brown regime

Later in the Q&A, he shared how he felt being the first all-male partner when a fan asked if he was excited.

Linked!  John would be linked to Johannes Radebe after the duo sparked speculation as they left rehearsals on Thursday

On the way home: According to bystanders, John was seen leaving the studio at 7pm after a day of training - before John was noticed minutes later leaving the studio

On the way home: According to bystanders, John was seen leaving the studio at 7pm after a day of training – before John was noticed minutes later leaving the studio

Groundbreaking: John revealed he wants to

Groundbreaking: John revealed he wants to “bring hope” to the show’s young fans by being part of the show’s first-ever male gay couples

He replied, ‘I am truly honored. I hope this kind of representation will inspire the next generation to live their true selves without shame or fear or judgment and/or persecution…

“I hope it also has a knock-on effect for more homophobic countries to wake up and take steps forward.

Of his favorite thing about his professional dance partner, John wrote sweetly: ‘His smile and his heart’.

Touched: He replied,

Touched: He replied, “I am truly honored. I hope this kind of representation will inspire the next generation to live their true selves without shame or fear or judgment and/or persecution.”

When asked how he was feeling, John continued, “I feel in all sorts of ways. Wound up. Nervous. Anxious. But above all pride.’

When asked about his personal life and whether he is single, John paid tribute to his husband Paul Atkins, as he wrote: ‘I am lucky to have @peebsykins by my side for the past 13 years. He is my favorite person on earth.”

When asked what tan he uses on the show, he said, “I have no idea. The sweet Marie and Nat do it. All I know is that they give me the shade of Venetian Plus.”

Touching: About his favorite thing about his professional dance partner, John sweetly wrote: 'His smile and his heart'

Touching: About his favorite thing about his professional dance partner, John sweetly wrote: ‘His smile and his heart’

It comes after John said he’s been blown away by the support he’s gotten since being announced as the first all-male pairing on Strictly.

The star said he braced himself for a barrage of abuse by online trolls when it was confirmed he would be dancing with a man, but the opposite has happened.

He also expressed his wish to collaborate with South African dancer Johannes, saying, “It must be Johannes!”

Oh!  When asked how he was feeling, John continued, “I feel in all sorts of ways.  Wound up.  Nervous.  Anxious.  But most of all proud

Oh! When asked how he was feeling, John continued, “I feel in all sorts of ways. Wound up. Nervous. Anxious. But most of all proud

Prior to the launch of the BBC ballroom show, he said: ‘The response has been so positive.

“I really thought I was going to get quite a bit of hate in my inbox because being gay you get a lot of hate. It’s something you grow up with and learn to deal with.

“It shouldn’t, but we’ll do it. And I must honestly say that I have not had a single negative message.’

Happy Days: He shared another selfie and talked about his participation in the sister show It Takes Two

Happy Days: He shared another selfie and talked about his participation in the sister show It Takes Two

John doesn’t take his historical appearance lightly, explaining that a gay man on a prime time Saturday night show performing with another man at home will give young people discovering their sexuality an on-screen role model and teach boys about the importance of male intimacy. .

He added: ‘I realized how important a step forward this is.

“Because kids watching the show have same-sex role models, that gives them a little bit of hope for the future. It won’t make them grow up with the same shame that I grew up with.

Pain: He also revealed that he was undergoing acupuncture

Pain: He also revealed that he was undergoing acupuncture

“It’s not just about gays. It’s about intimacy in general. Two men, whether straight or gay, can be intimate with each other. I hope this shows that it breaks the notion of toxic masculinity that is so widespread, especially in Britain.”

Strictly Come Dancing launches this Saturday and John previously spoke about his hidden desire to be paired with South African dancer Johannes, who mentored Caroline Quentin last year.

He said, ‘It must be Johannes. It would be very important for him to have the first all-male couple, it would also be a very powerful message for him. That doesn’t mean it has to be two gays in the future.’

Strictly Come Dancing will be broadcast on BBC One at 7:45pm on Saturday.

Love: When asked about his personal life and whether he is single, John paid tribute to his husband Paul Atkins, as he wrote: 'I am lucky to have @peebsykins by my side for the past 13 years.  He's my favorite person on the planet'

Love: When asked about his personal life and whether he is single, John paid tribute to his husband Paul Atkins, as he wrote: ‘I am lucky to have @peebsykins by my side for the past 13 years. He’s my favorite person on the planet’

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