Strictly John Whaite says bully inspired odd run through forest quip in dance

Strictly Come Dancing contestant John Whaite has revealed the secret meaning behind his odd phrase throughout his latest dance routine with his professional partner Johannes Radebe.

The 32-year-old baker took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to reflect on his latest dance from Saturday night in which the history-making pair performed the American Smooth to the song I Knew You Were Waiting by George Michael and Aretha Franklin.

After producers released their weekly Listening In clip, which unveils what the performers are saying to each other throughout the routine, the professional cook shared the secret meaning behind one of his leaked sayings on the show.

In between Johannes’ hilarious counting and reminders to correct his posture during the opening number, John told his dance partner: “Come on, follow me through the forest.”

Although the line initially sounded out of place, the Great British Bake Off winner explained that the odd saying was one of the nasty comments a heartless school bully would shout at him as a child.

But now, the award-winning chef has thanked his bully for his harsh words which have helped to spur him on in his career.

Looking back on the dance, John shared on social media how he used the hurtful phrase as “extra fuel” to get him through the complex routine.

When the star re-shared the hilarious behind the scenes video, he clarified: “’Ooh John, chase me through the forest’ is what a bully at school used to say to me in a mockingly soft voice.

“So, I had to put that into our dance as a bit of extra fuel. Thanks man,” he added.

And clearly the “extra fuel” has paid off as famous bookies Ladbrokes have announced that John Whaite is the second favourite to win the 19th series of the hit BBC One dance competition.

A spokesperson for the popular gambling company revealed: “The odds suggest it’ll be a two-horse race between Rose and John for this year’s Glitterball Trophy."

They added: “Although we wouldn’t be surprised to see Rhys’ odds slashed from 14/1 if he puts in another impressive performance this weekend.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues at 7.10pm on Saturday on BBC One

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