Meet John Whaite: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant and former GBBO winner

The former GBBO winner was the fourth name to be announced for this year's series.

John Whaite Strictly

We’ve met the celebs and we know who they are partnered with so now it is time for Strictly Come Dancing to truly begin with a whole host of famous faces aiming to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Bill Bailey by winning the Glitterball Trophy.


One of the contestants this year is former Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite. Whaite is part of the second-ever same-sex couple on the ballroom show – forming one-half of the first all-male partnership with Johannes Radebe. And for week one, the pair will be dancing the Tango to Blue Monday by New Order – we also know the rest of the Strictly Come Dancing songs and dances for week one too.

But who is John Whaite? Read on for everything you need to know.

Who is John Whaite?

John Whaite, Getty

Age: 33

Instagram: john_whaite 

Job: Baker and former Great British Bake Off winner

Partnered with: Johannes Radebe

John Whaite shot to fame when he won the third series of Great British Bake Off in 2012, aged just 23 – and he’s been able to carve out a career as a TV personality and baker in the nine years since.

He has been a regular face on the small screen, with regular cooking slots on Lorraine and more recently Steph’s Packed Lunch, in addition to appearances on This Morning, What’s Cooking? The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sunday Brunch.

In 2016 and 2017 he was one of the presenters of the short-lived ITV daytime cookery competition show Chopping Block alongside Rosemary Shrager, while he has released four cookery books

John’s Strictly journey

John said he was “grateful, excited, and nervous” about joining the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up after he was confirmed as a contestant by current GBBO host Matt Lucas on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show.

“I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth,” he said.

“What’s more exciting for me, is that I’m going to be one half of the first all-male partnership, which is a great step forward in representation and inclusion.


“Whoever it is I’m paired with, I hope they are up for a challenge as I want our routines to include lots of spectacular lifts!” Well, he should be in safe hands there being partnered with Johannes!

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