Johannes Radebe dealt devastating blow hours before Strictly Come Dancing final

Strictly: John Whaite discusses making it to the final

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Strictly Come Dancing will see finalists John Whaite and Johannes Radebe compete against Rose Ayling-Ellis and dance partner Giovanni Pernice for a chance to be crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion 2021. The grand finale of the series will see the two finalists perform three routines in a bid to impress the judges and BBC viewers in order to lift the Glitterball trophy. However, Johannes’ chances at winning his first series since joining in 2018 have been dealt a devastating blow.

As their Strictly journey comes to an end the competition to be crowned champion is heating up even more.

Unfortunately, things aren’t looking so good for pro dancer Johannes, as his chances to win the Glitterball trophy for the first time since joining in 2018 are looking slim.

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, he, and partner, former Bake Off Champion John, are likely to miss out on the prize.

The bookies have revealed it is likely the couple, who made Strictly history this year by being the first male pairing, may lose out to EastEnders actress Rose.

As it stands, Rose is a “shoo-in” to win the competition this year, with odds at 1/16 of winning the Glitterball trophy.

John and Johannes trail behind with their odds of winning, standing at 10/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “AJ’s unfortunate exit means it’s now a two-horse race for this year’s Strictly crown.

“Although the odds suggest John Whaite is simply making up the numbers at this point.”

Speaking to Janette Manrara on Friday’s Strictly: It Takes Two, the pair spoke about what it would mean for them to win the BBC competition.

Janette asked: “I know the competition has meant much more to you than winning, but what would it mean for the two of you to win the Glitterball tomorrow?”

John candidly revealed: “I don’t care about winning, I don’t care if we lift the Glitterball or not.

“I think what we have done is we’ve done it, and I am so proud of us, and I am so proud of you,” he said, turning to Johannes.

Smiling at his partner, Johannes said: “It would restore my faith in humanity, I am going deep there because that is what it would mean.

“It’s huge, it’s big, but the fact that we are here says a lot of already, so I am so grateful that we did.”

During the semi-finals, John and Johannes found themselves in the dreaded dance-off against Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu.

After performing for the judges once again, it was a unanimous decision as all four judges decided to save John and Johannes.

Speaking to Janette about how it felt to be in the dance-off, John explained: “We’re really going to go for it this week.

“Having been in the dance-off last week, I now know what it means to give everything, and I don’t feel afraid.

“For the first time ever, I don’t feel afraid about performing tomorrow because whatever happens, we’ve got here.

“I didn’t think we would get here, not because I doubted Johannes, but I doubted me, I thought I would be like the concrete block around his poor legs!” he joked.

Strictly Come Dancing Final airs tonight at 7:10pm on BBC One. 

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