‘Dynamic and powerful’ Flavia Cacace shares verdict on Strictly’s first male same-sex pair

Strictly: BBC host praises ‘chemistry’ between John and Johannes

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Strictly Come Dancing kicked off the competition last night with each couple performing their first dance together. Former Strictly professional dancer Flavia Cacace shared her thoughts on the performances from week one during a recent interview on BBC Breakfast. The dance star gave her verdict on the show’s first male same-sex pairing.

BBC Breakfast presenter Rachel Burden welcomed Flavia onto the programme on Sunday morning.

Together they discussed some of the stand out dances from the first week of Strictly Come Dancing.

Rachel made it clear she was excited to talk about Strictly’s first male same-sex couple John Whaite and Johannes Radebe.

“I’m going to call them JonJo. I’m putting it out there,” Rachel exclaimed.

Speaking about the couple’s dance, Rachel remarked: “For me it was the atmosphere and the chemistry they created out there.

“I thought, although AJ Odudu got a higher mark, for me that was the dance of the night,” she revealed.

Flavia agreed: “Yes, definitely. Sometimes going really simple with the set and the costumes really, really, really works.

“I had my little notepad with my notes and I just put ‘dynamic and powerful’ and that’s what that performance was,” she added.

The dance star praised John and Johannes’ performance for its simplicity, noting that other couples used props and staging.

She said: “It was simple, there were no gimmicks, there was no staging, just this beautiful sort of blue light that created that atmosphere.

“They were, you know, in their beautiful suits and I thought it was just as I said ‘dynamic and powerful’.

“I think he’s going to be really, really good and obviously the choreography is going to be different, it’s going to be something new for us to see,” Flavia commented.

John and Johannes have made Strictly history as the first same-sex male couple to appear in the competition, after Nicola Adams and Katya Jones danced together as the first female same-sex couple in the last series.

The duo made their debut dancing on Saturday night to a rendition of “Blue Monday”.

With their performance, John and Johannes earned a score of 30 out of a possible 40 points from the judges.

They ended the night in joint second place with Adam Peaty and Katya, While AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington topped the leaderboard with a score of 34.

Flavia also said she was “really impressed” by BBC Breakfast’s very own Dan Walker, who danced alongside his professional partner Nadia Bychkova.

On Saturday night, Dan performed a quickstep to Everybody Needs Somebody To Love.

Commenting on his performance Flavia said: “He was actually better than I thought.

“He was fast footed, he was light, he was up on his toes, and his frame was really good,” she remarked.

“What I loved as well was that he really enjoyed it,” Flavia added.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One and BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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