Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite has been announced as the fourth celebrity taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The chef will make TV history as part of the BBC ballroom show’s first-ever all-male couple, it has also been confirmed.
John appeared on Thursday’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show to reveal he would be joining Strictly when it launches next month.
Ken McKay/ITV/ShutterstockJohn Whaite is taking part on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing
He is the fourth star to be confirmed for this year’s series after Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb and AJ Odudu were unveiled on Wednesday.
John, who won the 2012 series of Bake Off and is now a regular on Steph’s Packed Lunch, said in a statement: “I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family. 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.
“What’s more exciting for me, is that I’m going to be one half of the first all-male partnership, which is a great step forward in representation and inclusion. Whoever it is I’m paired with, I hope they are up for a challenge as I want our routines to include lots of spectacular lifts!”
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones previously made TV history in 2020 as Strictly’s first-ever same-sex pairing.