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Exclusive: John Whaite reveals romantic week away after Strictly 

The professional baker spoke to HELLO! about his festive plans

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Nicky Morris
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With the Strictly final just around the corner, John Whaite is looking forward to his plans for after the show.

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In an exclusive interview with HELLO!, John revealed that he is going on a romantic holiday with his partner Paul Atkins over the Christmas period. 

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The pair got engaged in 2017, having been in a relationship since 2008, and John is intending to spend some quality time with Paul once the show is over. 

He said: "I'm looking forward to spending time with my partner. We've booked a little cabin in Scotland in the middle of nowhere for a week at Christmas."

John also revealed that he is taking the trip partly to enjoy some night sky photography, a hobby that he is passionate about. "I am an avid lover of taking photographs of the night sky," he said. "Whenever I can, I get myself off to Canada or to Scotland and set up around the lake and spend a few hours in the middle of the night with a flask of coffee, a little glass of whiskey and some snacks."

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He continued: "So I'll be going from the glittering world of Strictly to the glittering world of the real stars in the sky, which will be quite a nice contrast."

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John and his partner Paul are going to Scotland for Christmas

John explained that he enjoys the peace and quiet provided by the remote environment. He said: "It'll be a nice reminder of Strictly but I'm actually quite a quiet and introspective person. I do like my own space. I like to just block the noise out after a while."

Speaking about looking forward to resuming normal life after his Strictly journey comes to an end, John said: "I'm looking forward to plunking my feet firmly back on the ground. Strictly has been a wonderful glittery process and I've enjoyed every minute of it but I'm looking forward to getting back to a routine."

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