Daily Dance: Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorgeous Same-Sex Waltz

The professional dancers for the UK’s wildly popular Strictly Come Dancing opened the October 9 episode with a gorgeous Bridgerton-inspired routine set to a reimagined arrangement of Taylor Swift’s “Lover” and “Love Story.”

Beginning in mixed-sex pairings, the couples paused as Johannes Radebe entered via a grand staircase to meet his dance partner Kai Widdrington.

The duo then led the group in a sweeping same-sex waltz that left the audience blown away.

In 2019, I wrote about Strictly’s first same-sex dance when professional dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano di Prima were given a solo spot during a production number showcasing Emeli Sande singing “Shine.”

At the time, Radebe, who grew up in South Africa, told Hello! Magazine, “I’ve never felt so liberated.”

Johannes has gone on to be a force of nature on the show. Later in this week’s episode he and his partner, 32-year-old Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite danced a spectacular Paso Doble that earned them a score of 39, just one off a perfect score.

Whaite and Radebe are the first-ever male same-sex couple to compete in the series.