South African dancer Johannes Radebe is one of three professionals to be partnered up for the first time with a celeb on Strictly Come Dancing 2019.
Find out more about the Strictly star below:
Name: Johannes Radebe
Who is Johannes paired with? The dancer is coupled up with former soap star Catherine Tyldesley
Bio: Johannes Radebe has already proved himself in Strictly spin-off Dancing with the Stars South Africa, where he was part of the professional line-up for two seasons – both times reaching the final.
The South African is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion, and three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion. He is a dancer with the Afro Arimba Dance Company.
2018 marked his first year on the BBC ballroom show, on which he made his debut in the ensemble dances.
Speaking ahead of his first stint he described it as “one of the greatest achievements of my dancing career.”
He said: “It is such an honour to be chosen to be a part of an incredible cast and be part of one of the biggest shows that is celebrated worldwide. I cannot wait to get started and experience the magic with the UK!”
But this year he will have the coveted glitterball trophy in his sights as he competes with former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley, who is “buzzing” to be partnered with the “phenomenal” Radebe.