Strictly’s Annabel Croft pays tribute to ‘incredibly patient’ Johannes Radebe

Former tennis ace Annabel Croft, 57, and Johannes Radebe, 36, appeared on the latest episode of The One Show to discuss all things Strictly Come Dancing.

Annabel explained: “I’ve had more than a couple of sleepless nights – I’ve had Johannes’ voice and the music in my head all night, counting steps and trying to remember everything.

“It’s quite terrifying but I am living the dream, I am absolutely loving it.”

“I literally wake up in the morning and I can’t wait to see you,” she said while talking to Johannes.

South African dancer Johannes smiled and replied: “Same to you darling!”

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Johannes also gushed over his dance partner who practises her dance moves “all the time”.

An embarrassed Annabel added: “Poor Johannes, he’s so patient and you have to say things ten thousand times to me.

“If you add arms to feet then it is a bit like an octopus out there – it is all going a bit out of control.

“But you are incredibly patient so I am very grateful for that because it doesn’t all quite work together.”

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They were then asked about what dance they would be performing for their first live dance on Saturday’s show.

“We are doing a cheeky Cha Cha Cha to a certified banger, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel,” Johannes revealed exclusively on The One Show.

Later on, host Alex Jones could not resist showing a TikTok video of Annabel dancing with her family on holiday last year.

“Your daughters have been trying to help you before Strictly started,” Alex added.

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Annabel cringed having to watch the clip back, telling viewers she had “no idea what I am doing”.

The pair will be trying to impress the judging panel and viewers at home on Saturday night’s show which will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly.

They will be competing against the likes of Les Dennis, Zara McDermott, Angela Rippon, Bobby Brazier and Adam Thomas for the Glitterball Trophy.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 6.15pm on BBC One while The One Show airs on weeknights at 7pm.

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