Just under a week away until the Strictly Come Dancing launch show, and an official photo of the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up has now been released, showing all 15 contestants in their sequin numbers.
The launch show will air on Saturday, 18th September, and will see each celeb partnered with one of the Strictly Come Dancing professionals.
It’s not yet known whether the newcomers will be partnered with a celebrity for their debut year, however, Strictly’s John Whaite recently revealed who he thinks pro partner in first male same-sex pairing could be and suggested one of the newbies.
Speaking on an episode of Steph’s Packed Lunch, he said: “There are four lads who I think are tall enough for me to dance with. There’s Graziano [di Prima], Kai [Widdrington], Johannes [Radebe] and Aljaz [Škorjanec]. They’re the four who I think are tall enough for me, but they might give me a shorter dancer and put him in heels. I’m really hoping I get to do a dance in heels.”
Asked how he feels about being part of the first male same-sex pairing on the show, Whaite added: “It’s a massive honour,” Whaite continued. “If I’d seen two lads or lasses dancing together on Saturday night TV and nobody made a fuss about it, I don’t think I’d have grown up with quite so much shame for being gay.
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“I just hope there are kids out there watching who don’t even question it, who watch it and think, I am who I am and I’m comfortable with that, and I’m accepted and loved and can be loved for who I am. It’s a massive privilege.”