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Strictly Come Dancing’s John Whaite would have ‘danced with dog or parrot’ to be on show

Strictly Come Dancing is the show everyone wants to be on, and John Whaite says he would have “danced with a dog” in order to get on the show.

He was the Great British Bake Off winner and he has now made history as the first male gay couple.

The gay celebrity insists that being in a samesex couple was not a condition to his appearance on the hit TV show.

He said: “To be honest, I’d have danced with a dog or a parrot. I’d have danced on my own!”

But he understands he is involved in a landmark TV moment.

John Whaite
John was desperate to do the show

John, 32, added: “I know it’s not going to be fully accepted.

“There are already people saying quite hurtful things but I feel very honoured to do it.

“If I’d had that kind of representation on TV when I was growing up, I don’t think I would have felt half the shame I felt.”

The star also revealed he has shed a few tears in rehearsals already.

John Whaite
John Waite joked he would have done whatever was needed

John talked about what set him off when he appeared as a guest on Steph’s Packed Lunch where he previously had a regular cooking slot.

It turns out that professional dancer Johannes was simply being “too nice” to him.

He said: “He was being too nice. I said, ‘Johannes, I’m just not getting it so please can you talk me through the steps, be horrible to me and I’ll get it.’

He got emotional talking about training
He got emotional talking about training

“He was like, ‘No darling, I don’t do that.’ I started crying,” he told Steph on the show, emotionally.

John’s partner Paul Atkins as well Johannes were able calm him down.

John insists he’s “loving every minute” of Strictly so far.

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Strictly Come Dancing's John Whaite would have 'danced with dog or parrot' to be on show
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