Who is Johannes Radebe, Strictly Come Dancing pro?

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

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 welcomed Johannes Radebe to the pro dancer cast, but it wasn't until 2019 that he got his own celebrity partner.

Here's all you need to know about Johannes.

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Who is Johannes Radebe?

South African dancer Johannes Radebe was signed as part of the pro dance troupe 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!”

As of 2019, he has his own celebrity partner in the form of Catherine Tyldesley.


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. He and Catherine Tyldesley are looking like a strong pairing so far.

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.

Current celebrity partner: Catherine Tyldesley

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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