Strictly’s John Whaite and Johannes Radebe’s gave Richie Anderson confidence to perform with male dancer: ‘I just felt so much inspiration’

They were the show's first all-male pairing.

September 22nd 2022

Strictly’s John Whaite and Johannes Radebe’s gave Richie Anderson confidence to perform with male dancer: ‘I just felt so much inspiration’
Richie Anderson was inspired by Strictly’s first all-male partnership (Picture: PA)
Richie Anderson was inspired by Strictly’s first all-male partnership (Picture: PA)

Richie Anderson has opened up about the importance of representation on shows like Strictly Come Dancing as he prepares to compete in the show’s second all-male partnership. 

The BBC Radio 2 presenter, 34, admitted that John Whaite and Johannes Radebe’s partnership – the first all-male couple in Strictly’s history – gave him the confidence to also compete with a male professional dancer. 

Thinking back on past moments which stood out for him from the show, Richie revealed: ‘Well, I have to mention my good friend Zoe Ball. Her Waltz in week one was so beautiful, elegant and floaty. 

‘I also have to mention John and Johannes’ leaps. On a serious note, watching John and Johannes last year gave me the confidence to be in an all-male partnership this year.’

Richie addressed the importance of representation through Strictly and how much it would have meant for him when he was a child, adding: ‘I’m so glad I’m doing it. 

‘I just felt so much inspiration. I wish I could have seen that on TV growing up, when I was growing up as a teenager and constantly trying to discover what I was and what I wasn’t.’

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John and Johannes made Strictly history last year (Picture: PA)

Richie previously revealed that the show’s producers gave him the option of a male or female professional partner. 

Speaking to Metro.co.uk and other press, he explained: ‘They actually gave me the option over it.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Richie Anderson, one of the contestants for this year's Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. Issue date: Friday September 16, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Ray Burmiston/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Richie was given the option of a male or female dance partner (Picture: PA)

‘They said they want me to be on Strictly this year and they were like “do you want to be with a female or male partner?”’

Richie also revealed that it was his long-term partner Dean Eagles who encouraged him to be in an all-male duo, adding: ‘When I spoke to my other half Dean, it was our 10-year anniversary, and he was like “you have to.”

‘And it’s the 50th anniversary of Pride in the UK. It would be such a proud moment to be dancing with a male pro.’

Strictly Come Dancing launches on Friday at 7pm on BBC One. 

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