‘Need a minute’ John Whaite opens up about feeling ‘overwhelmed’ on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly: John Whaite shares 'unglamorous' side of training

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John Whaite, 32, has told fans on Instagram how he really feels behind the scenes, away from the Strictly dance floor. John is part of the first male coupling in Strictly history with professional Johannes Radebe.

Best – when it clicks.

John Whaite

John asked his 186,000 Instagram followers to ask him anything Strictly related during a Q&A.

One fan asked: “Best and worst thing about learning a new dance?”

To which John replied: “Best – when it clicks.

“Worst – When I’m learning it and feel so overwhelmed that I have to sit and have a minute to myself.”

Fans will be surprised by this due to John’s amazing work on the dancefloor from week to week.

Last week John and Johannes danced to I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) by Aretha Franklin and George Michael.

The dance even incorporated an impressive lift, with John lifting Johannes effortlessly into the air.

Padraig_McCann said: “Another stunning performance from John.

“It’s hard to tell who the pro is. Johannes was amazing during the lift, it looked effortless.”

Their marks were not as high last week as for their Pirates Of The Caribbean-inspired dance for movie week.

Their Pase Doble number on movie week will go down in history as one of Strictly’s greatest ever performances.

The dance closed the episode, leaving fans in tears.

Lead judge Shirley Ballas said: “I haven’t seen anything like that. Thank you for closing our show with such a magnificent performance.”

John and Johannes are the first all-male pairing to take part in Strictly, but the first same-sex coupling was seen in last year’s show when boxer Nicola Adams was paired with pro Katya Jones.

Despite impressing the judges the all-female couple sadly had to pull out of the show mid-way through the competition after contracting coronavirus.

Viewers have been rooting for John and Johannes to get to the final and win, with the pair getting a standing ovation on their first appearance on the show.

The pair danced the Tango to Blue Monday by New Order and were only four points behind AJ Odudu who danced an outstanding Jive.

Following John’s performance, he was met with a standing ovation from two judges as they made history as the first male coupling.

Shirley Ballas said: “I feel this is a testimony to the same-sex couple, it was absolutely exquisite, to go from a leader to being lead.

“Beautiful choreography, it was absolutely stunning, well done.”

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