Johannes Radebe

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Johannes Radebe
Born (1987-04-27) 27 April 1987 (age 35)
Zamdela, South Africa
Known forStrictly Come Dancing

Johannes Radebe (born 27 April 1987)[1] is a South African dancer and choreographer.[2]

Early life[edit]

Radebe was born in Zamdela.[3] He is gay, and has spoken out about the homophobic bullying he received as a child.[4] He and his sister attended a dance school in their local area.[5] At the age of 11, he was offered dance training in Gauteng province, and he attended secondary school in the Johannesburg suburb of Ennerdale.[3]


Radebe has won the Professional South African Latin championships twice and has been the Amateur Latin South African champion three times.[6]

Radebe was a professional dancer on South Africa's version of Strictly Come Dancing[7] in 2014 on SABC 3 and Dancing with the Stars in 2018 on M-Net. In 2018, the BBC announced that Radebe would join the cast of professional dancers on the British Strictly Come Dancing, although he was not allocated a partner in his first season. In 2021, Radebe was announced as a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef.

In 2022, he choreographed the West End-themed Rusical on RuPaul's Drag Race: UK vs the World.[8]

Series Partner Place Average Score
17 Catherine Tyldesley 11th 25.5
18 Caroline Quentin 8th 29.0
19 John Whaite 2nd 35.8
20 Ellie Taylor 7th 27.5

Highest and Lowest Scoring Per Dance

Performances with Catherine Tyldesley[edit]

For his first competitive appearance in this show, in the seventeenth season series, he was partnered with actress Catherine Tyldesley.[9] The couple were eliminated in week 6, placing them in 11th place, with an overall average score of 25.5.

Performances with Caroline Quentin[edit]

For series 18, he was partnered with actress, Caroline Quentin.

Performances with John Whaite[edit]

For series 19, he was partnered with chef, John Whaite. They are the first male same-sex pairing in the history of the UK format. The couple reached the final, where they finished as Runners-Up to winners Rose Ayling-Ellis, and her partner Giovanni Pernice.

  • Green number indicates when John and Johannes were at the top of the leaderboard.
  • *Score awarded by guest judge Cynthia Erivo.

Performances with Ellie Taylor[edit]

For series 20, he was partnered with comedienne, Ellie Taylor.

  • Green number indicates when Ellie and Johannes were at the top of the leaderboard.
  • Red number indicates when Ellie and Johannes were at the bottom of the leaderboard.


Year Show No of Shows Notes
2022 FREEDOM TBC 1st solo show
2022 Strictly Come Dancing Live 2022 21 shows
Denotes productions that have not yet been released Denotes productions that are upcoming


  1. ^ "Who is new Strictly Come Dancing professional Johannes Radebe?". Hello Magazine. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Who is new Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Johannes Radebe?". Radio Times.
  3. ^ a b "Johannes Radebe". TVSA. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  4. ^ Brown, Steve (9 November 2018). "'Strictly's Johannes Radebe recalls the 'terrible' homophobic bullying he suffered as a child". Attitude. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  5. ^ Alutho Mbendeni. "'I went from being a lokshin boy to being an established choreographer in the UK' – Johannes Radebe". Drum. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  6. ^ Caroline Westbrook (30 May 2018). "Meet Strictly Come Dancing 2018's new pro Johannes Radebe". Metro. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Johannes Radebe | TVSA". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  8. ^ Brocklehurst, Harrison (12 January 2022). "Here's everything we know so far about RuPaul's Drag Race: UK Versus The World". The Tab. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing 2019: The full list of couples". BT. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.