Strictly star Johannes Radebe announces new project

london, england october 27 johannes radebe attends the ethnicity awards 2022 at the marriott grosvenor square on october 27, 2022 in london, england photo by shane anthony sinclairgetty images
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Strictly Come Dancing's Johannes Radebe will share his incredible life story in an exciting new project.

The dancing professional, who was most recently paired with comedian Ellie Taylor on the BBC show, has announced on social media that he's releasing a memoir, called Jojo: Finally Home.

Ahead of its September 2023 release, the memoir is already available for pre-order on Amazon (Hardcover £20.00 / Kindle £11.99) and Waterstones (Hardcover £20.00), with other retailers likely to post pre-order prices too.

"This really is a dream come true for me," Johannes wrote on Instagram sharing the news.

He continued: "Not only have I found myself in places I never thought possible through my dancing but now I am sharing my story with the world in book form. That journey has sometimes been hard but it has lead me to my truth, my tribe and now I can say I'm finally home.

"I hope this book spreads joy and bring a message of hope to anyone who reads it. May it leave you with many experiences and feeling exhilarated at the end. Let it activate the spirit of empathy, love and compassion towards one another."

The dancer will share his inspiring story of rising through the ranks of South Africa's ballroom circuit to find international success once he moved to the UK.

After competing on South Africa's version of Strictly, he joined the BBC One version in 2018 to partner with soap star Catherine Tyldesley.

He later broke new ground on Strictly in the show's first-ever male same-sex partnership with John Whaite in 2021. In the most recent series, he finished in seventh place with Ellie Taylor.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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