Strictly's John Whaite boasts he's making 'big steps' in rehearsals

Strictly's John Whaite boasts he's making 'big steps' in rehearsals
Strictly's John Whaite boasts he's making 'big steps' in rehearsals

Strictly's John Whaite revealed he is making 'big steps forward' in rehearsals ahead of the first live show next Saturday and this weekend's pre-recorded launch.

The former Great British Bake Off winner, 32, said 'today was a good day' as he shared a snap in the studios on Thursday night, hot on the heels of speculation that he is paired with Johannes Radebe after they were seen at rehearsals together.

He then took part in a Q&A on his Instagram Story where he was quizzed about the prep for the show, his love life and told how he was 'truly honoured' to be the show's first all-male pairing - while also giving a cheeky look at his fake tan regime.

Nice! Strictly's John Whaite has said he is making 'big steps forward' in dance rehearsals ahead of the first live show next Saturday and this weekend's pre-recorded launch

Nice! Strictly's John Whaite has said he is making 'big steps forward' in dance rehearsals ahead of the first live show next Saturday and this weekend's pre-recorded launch

Taking to his social media he captioned the snap: 'Today was a good day. Big steps forward, I can't wait for you to meet me and {???} as a partnership. 

'From Saturday, he'll be right here in this photo with me. I feel guilty that the journey has been so far mine and not ours.'

He looked sporty in a white T-shirt and black shorts while wearing a cap for the mirror selfie snapped in the midst of a rehearsal session. 

Ahem! He then took part in a Q&A on his Instagram Story where he was quizzed about the prep for the show, his love life and told how he was 'truly honoured' to be the show's first all-male pairing - while also giving a cheeky look at his fake tan regime

Ahem! He then took part in a Q&A on his Instagram Story where he was quizzed about the prep for the show, his love life and told how he was 'truly honoured' to be the show's first all-male pairing - while also giving a cheeky look at his fake tan regime

Later in the Q&A, he expressed how he was feeling about being the first all-male partnership when a fan asked if he was excited.

Coupled up! John is said to be paired with Johannes Radebe after the duo sparked speculation as they left rehearsals on Thursday

Heading home: According to onlookers, John was seen leaving the studio after a full days training at 7pm - before Johannes was spotted exiting just minutes later

Heading home: According to onlookers, John was seen leaving the studio after a full days training at 7pm - before Johannes was spotted exiting just minutes later

Groundbreaking: John revealed he wants to 'bring hope' to the show's young fans by being part of the show's first ever male same-sex pairing

Groundbreaking: John revealed he wants to 'bring hope' to the show's young fans by being part of the show's first ever male same-sex pairing

He replied: 'I'm truly honoured. I hope this kind of representation will inspire the next generation to live their true selves without shame or fear or judgement and/or persecution...

'I hope it also has a knock-on effect for more homophobic nations to wake up and make steps forward.

On his favourite thing about his professional dance partner, John sweetly penned: 'His smile and his heart'.

Touched: He replied: 'I'm truly honoured. I hope this kind of representation will inspire the next generation to live their true selves without shame or fear or judgement and/or persecution'

Touched: He replied: 'I'm truly honoured. I hope this kind of representation will inspire the next generation to live their true selves without shame or fear or judgement and/or persecution'

When asked about how he was feeling, John went on: 'I'm feeling all kinds of way. Excited. Nervous. Scared. But mostly proud.'

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