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'Strictly' Reveals First All Male Dance Partnership

Fionnuala .Jones
Fionnuala .Jones

04:19 5 Aug 2021


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Strictly Come Dancing is to have its first all-male partnership in the show's history.

TV chef John Whaite joined the Strictly 2021 lineup this week, following in the footsteps of boxer Nicola Adams, who was the first to have a same-sex partner last year.

 

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The 2012 Great British Bake Off winner described his partnership as "a great step forward in representation and inclusion".

Tom Fletcher, AJ Odudu and Robert Webb were announced as the first 2021 contestants on Wednesday.

Here are the 2021 contestants so far:

John Whaite

Whaite is a chef, TV presenter and cookery author. He won the third series of The Great British Bake Off.

Since then, he has presented TV shows and has a cooking segment on Steph's Packed Lunch on Channel 4.

"I'm so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family," he said.

"I've been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can't wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on Earth."

Tom Fletcher

The McFly singer and guitarist is taking to the dancefloor, 10 years after his bandmate Harry Judd won the show.

He said he was "incredibly excited" but also "totally terrified" to do Strictly.

"My kids were excited too until I started showing them my best dad-dancing in the kitchen," he said.

"I'm not sure how far they'll get me in the competition but I can't wait to add some new moves to my embarrassing dad-dancing repertoire."

Wife Giovanna Fletcher won I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! last year - could they be going for the reality TV double?

AJ Odudu

The presenter rose to fame hosting Big Brother's Bit on the Side in 2013, and has since appeared on shows like The Voice UK.

"I absolutely love the show and am fully committed to making the most of every second of the Strictly experience," she said.

"Bring it on!"

Robert Webb

The comic actor is best-known for his double act with David Mitchell in TV shows like Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look and Back.

He won Let's Dance For Comic Relief in 2009 - could this give him an advantage?

"It's a big, generous, joyful show and I can't wait to get packed into a spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon directly at Claudia Winkleman," he said.

Will you be watching Strictly this year?

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