The landmark dance was watched by millions
‘Love knows no boundaries.’ That is what Strictly Come Dancing professional Johannes Radebe tweeted after he made history by performing with fellow male dancer Graziano di Prima on the BBC1 results show.
Earlier this year it was reported the primetime show would be introducing a same-sex couple into the competition next year. A Strictly rep said at the time, ‘Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and we are proud to have featured same-sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.’
‘We are completely open to the prospect of including same-sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers in the future, should the opportunity arise.’
Of the groundbreaking routine, Johannes – who was paired with now-axed former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley – told HELLO!, ‘I’ve never felt so liberated. For the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am. That says so much about the people of this country. To be able to dance with a friend I respect and adore is joyous.’
He went on to say, ‘There’s bromance galore between us, but there were no male and female roles, just free movement. It was beautiful, classy and elegant.’
The professional dancers seamlessly performed together alongside Aljaž Škorjanec and Lyuba Mushtuk, to Emeli Sande’s new single Shine.
Following the episode, Graziano tweeted, ‘REPRESENTATION always matters! unforgettable moment, loved to dance with you @johannesradebe @bbcstrictly’.
Meanwhile, Viscountess Emma Weymouth became the sixth celebrity to be voted off this year’s series during Sunday night’s results show.
The TV personality and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec found themselves in the dance-off alongside BBC Breakfast’s Mike Bushell and his pro partner Katya Jones.
Eight couples now remain in the competition after Paralympian Will Bayley was forced to withdraw due to an injury.