Strictly’s John Whaite and Johannes Radebe receive wave of support after dramatic dancefloor mishap

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing fans have rushed to support John Whaite and Johannes Radebe after a slip-up saw the pro dancer fall to the ground.

The Strictly pair were dancing the salsa to Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” when a lift went awry and Radebe dropped to the floor.

Radebe quickly recovered, styling out the fall into a pose on the floor.

Radebe admitted during the judging that he had given Whaite the wrong hand during the routine.

The drop’s recovery earned praise from Strictly fans on social media, however, and the two even managed to bag a spot in the show’s semi-final. 

One Twitter user explained that a minor error wouldn’t lose them her support, and that the couple’s “energy is infectious”. 

“I needed that salsa even though I didn’t know it,” they said. 

Another admitted that Whaite could “drop me on the floor and I would still say thank you”.

The couple’s dance was clearly not overshadowed by the mishap, as one Twitter user said: “I normally hate salsa but theirs [sic] was fab!”

This year’s series saw Whaite and Radebe make history as they became the first Strictly partnership made up of two men.

The pair are the show’s second same-sex couple, following in the footsteps of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones last year.

Former Great British Bake Off winner Whaite told the BBC that he had previously anticipated trolling and hate mail for appearing on Strictly as a same-sex couple.

He told the BBC: “It’s actually not been bad at all. It’s been kind and generous. The amount of people we’ve had messages from saying: ‘I’m proud as a straight mum and straight dad to have children grow up in a world where two men can dance together,’ has been truly overwhelming.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday (11 December) at 7.05pm on BBC One.