Strictly: John Whaite reveals why he ‘can’t smile’ on show
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Chef John Whaite will make history tonight as part of Strictly Come Dancing’s first all-male competing couple with Johannes Radebe, 34. The dancing duo will be performing a Tango to New Order’s Blue Monday.
Due to the nature of the dance, John, 32, revealed he has created an alter ego named Dante, to keep him in character.
Speaking from his bed this morning, he began by telling his Instagram followers he was feeling fresh after an 11-hour sleep.
“I’m so excited for today,” he spilled. “I’m nervous as hell.”
“I think we all are, but at the end of the day, we have all, that’s Johannes and me, and all the other couples, have worked our buts off for today.
“All we can do now is go out there and smile.”
In a swift U-turn of his words, the Great British Bake Off winner said he won’t be smiling as it doesn’t go with the dance style.
“I can’t smile actually because I’m Dante, the tango master,” he said changing his voice to a deep tone.
“It’s why I’m growing the hair back on my chest,” he added, showing his followers.
“Dante doesn’t smile, he has to have his chin up and look like he has a fart coming out sideways.
“So, I can’t smile tonight, sorry about that, but I will be smiling on the inside,” he continued.
John’s video comes just days after he admitted he had already been in tears during rehearsals.
Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, the regular guest said he asked Johannes to be more strict with him.
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He explained: “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 was like ‘No darling, I don’t do that’. I started crying.”
Addressing the lengthy hours in rehearsals, he continued: “Sometimes the days are stressful and we have to take a few more breaks.
“Last week when we were learning the steps, I was getting really stressed… I glaze over.
“I reach mental saturation and he has to either feed me Haribo or send me home and I think it’s easier just to put me in cab and send me home.”
John went not o say he went for a walk and came back feeling a bit better about the routine.
On making Strictly history, he went on to say: “I’ve been championing this all my life.
“For the fact the moment is here now… It’s been lovely.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 7pm on BBC One.
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