Who is Johannes Radebe, Strictly Come Dancing pro?

Here’s all you need to know about the brand new star of the BBC One celebrity ballroom dancing series.

Strictly Come Dancing fever is set to hit in just a couple of months’ time, and we already know who the pros are going to be for 2018.

Amongst those heading to the dancefloor with a new load of celebrity amateurs are three new professional dancers – we find out more about one of them, Johannes Radebe.

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Who is Johannes Radebe?

South African dancer Johannes Radebe (left in the picture above) is a 31-year-old new pro signing for the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

He is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion, so the lucky celeb to be matched with him can be sure of learning some skilful moves.

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Johannes is also a dancer with the Afro Arimba Dance Company and has completed two seasons on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa.

Talking about his new Strictly role, he said: “Joining Strictly Come Dancing is one of the greatest achievements of my dancing career. It is such an honour to be chosen to be a part of an incredible cast and be part of one of the biggest shows that is celebrated worldwide. I cannot wait to get started and experience the magic with the UK!”

Best-ever finish: We’re yet to see how Johannes will fare in the UK version of Strictly, but he has competed in South Africa’s Strictly Come Dancing twice and reached the final both times.

Worst-ever finish: Johannes’s best-ever finish is also his worst, as his two seasons on Strictly South Africa saw him reach the final both times. He looks like a force to be reckoned with for 2018.

Celebrity partner: The line-up for 2018 has not yet been revealed, but we’re expecting to see the launch show take place in early September.

Did you know? These days, Johannes inhabits the glamorous world of ballroom dancing, but he had a tough upbringing in a slum near Johannesburg. He started dancing at the age of seven and has helped lift his family out of poverty with his success.

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in September.

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