Strictly's John Whaite and Johannes Radebe brought to tears by semi-final dance

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 20:25:01 on 11/12/2021 - Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 - TX: 11/12/2021 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ++Dress Run++
Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 2025 hours Saturday December 11th, 2021. Johannes Radebe, John Whaite - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Johannes Radebe and John Whaite chose a contemporary dance. (BBC/Guy Levy)

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe were brought to tears by their emotional Strictly Come Dancing semi-final routine that was inspired by their experiences of coming out earlier in life.

The dancers wanted to dedicate their couple's choice performance to everyone who had supported them growing up, as well as others watching who are struggling to talk about their sexuality now.

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In an emotional introduction before the dance, Whaite told how the first person he had spoken to about being gay was a teacher when he was around 14, but said: "The teacher then told my family, which I wasn't ready for."

However, he spoke about how supportive his family had always been, and both he and Radebe were left in floods of tears by video messages from viewers who spoke about how much seeing the show's first all-male couple meant to them.

Whaite said: "It just reminds me of how much we needed that when we were little and it was never there.

"I grew up with a great deal of shame and I think if I'd seen two men dancing together on television it would have changed my life."

He added: "I want to dedicate our couple's choice dance to the people who perhaps feel a bit afraid in life and I want those people to know it gets better, believe me."

Their contemporary dance to Adele's Hometown Glory was a hit with the judges, who scored it 39 points.

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Head judge Shirley Ballas said: "You shared not only your own soul, but helped so many other souls who are watching the TV this evening."

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 20:25:01 on 11/12/2021 - Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 - TX: 11/12/2021 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ++Dress Run++
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The couple heard how much their partnership meant to viewers. (BBC/Guy Levy)

Anton Du Beke said: "It demonstrated so much about you the man as well as you the dancer."

Radebe cried again as they received their scores and said: "It's bigger than the both of us and I know that there are people who are resonating with it right now and that's all that matters."

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