20 Nov 2023, 17:00
The Strictly Come Dancing ballroom is known for its dazzling moves, unexpected twists, and, apparently, age-defying dancers!
In a surprising revelation, viewers were left in disbelief as Angela Rippon spilled the beans about her dance partner Kai Widdrington’s age.
On Sunday night’s episode, Angela and Kai bid farewell to the competition after a dance-off against Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell. However, it wasn’t the elimination that got fans buzzing; it was the unexpected revelation about Kai’s age that left them scratching their heads.
In her exit interview, Angela Rippon, 79, disclosed the substantial age gap between her and Kai, stating: “People keep making reference to the fact I presented Come Dancing, but that was 40 years ago. He wasn’t even born then. I keep telling him he’s an old soul on young shoulders. He’s 28, and I’m 79. There’s a 51-year difference in our ages.”
The revelation sparked a flurry of reactions on social media, with fans expressing their shock at Kai’s youthful age. One viewer on Twitter exclaimed: “I’m just in shock hearing that Kai is only 28 #Strictly,” while another chimed in, “Kai is only 28??? I thought he was pushing 40.”
“I just found out that Kai is 28, and I’m f**king shook. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!! #Strictly,” hilariously shared a third fan. Some even humorously demanded to see Kai’s passport, with comments like: “Kai is 28?!!! He looks at least 37.”
The revelation turned into a trending topic on social media, with fans playfully grappling with the newfound knowledge about Kai’s age. One viewer quipped: “The real shock there was being told Kai is only 28. What a gracious exit for him and Angela though. No clear next one out. Will depend on the dances they get and how well they are suited to them from now on.”
Despite the surprise, Angela Rippon had nothing but praise for her talented dance partner, commending his skills as a dancer, choreographer, and, most importantly, a patient teacher. The unexpected revelation about Kai’s age added an extra layer of charm to their journey on Strictly Come Dancing, leaving fans both shocked and amused. As the competition heats up, who knows what other surprises the ballroom has in store for its dedicated audience!
Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.