MALE Strictly pros are enraged by the prospect of Bake Off star John Whaite being paired with newcomer Kai Widdrington – because at 6ft 2ins he’s the show’s tallest dancer.
There’s been a scramble to be in the BBC1 contest's all-male duo as they know their performances are likely to be the most closely watched of the upcoming series.
There’s been an expectation that tall John, 32, would be paired with some of the pros including Aljaz Skorjanek, 31, Johannes Radebe, 34, and Graziano di Prima, 27, who are all around 6ft tall.
A TV insider said: “Producers are keen to pair up John with the right dancer and that means ensuring he has someone of a similar height – and Kai fits the bills perfectly.
“Kai also has experience of being in a same sex pairing as last year he was coupled with Big Brother star Brian Dowling on Ireland’s version of Strictly.
“But there’ll be disappointment felt, in particular, by Johannes and Graziano as two years ago they blazed a trail by performing the show’s first all-male dance routine on the show.”
Last month Strictly bosses revealed the four new pros who’d be joining the show when it returns this autumn.
Joining Kai will be Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard and Jowita Przystal.
Last week John, who won The Great British Bake Off in 2012, was announced as the first celebrity who’d be performing in an all-male duo.
The first same sex duo on Strictly was former boxer Nicola Adams, 38, who sparked a similar catfight to be paired with her last year.
In the end she danced with Katya Jones, 32, who later tested positive for Covid and both had to quit competition in week three.
The pairings for this year’s series have yet to be announced and yesterday The Sun exclusively revealed how work on the new series of Strictly had ground to a halt after pro Nadiya Bychkova tested positive for Covid.
Now cast and crew will have to isolate for ten days, and despite the majority of pros and celebs being double jabbed there are now fears for further cases.
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