Strictly Come Dancing will reportedly feature same-sex professional dances in the new series after calls to incorporate same-sex couples on the show. It is claimed that members of the professional cast will dance as same-sex duos as the hugely popular BBC show paves the way for a same-sex celebrity couple in future series. The new reports claim that Pasha Kovalev and AJ Pritchard will dance together in some routines while Karen Clifton and another female dancer will also pair up.
For years, fans have called for the show to include same gender pairings during dances. Strictly fans were delighted tonight as the BBC dancing competition aired its first same-sex pro dance. Among those calling for the move was current Strictly star Dr Ranj Singh, who initially said that he would have "loved" to have been paired with a male pro.
Taking to Twitter show watchers praised the hit BBC One programme for its inclusivity as they begged the show to make it a permanent feature and rolled out across the contestants too. One person said: 'This is incredible. Finally got same-sex dances!
Comedian and writer Julian Clary has insisted that it's about time Strictly - the campest show on television - caught up with the 21st Century and brought a same-sex couple to the contest, noting that gay ballroom clubs have proven to be massively popular. The Celebrity Big Brother winner competed in the dance contest back inwhen he was paired with his female professional partner Erin Boag. The duo came third but Julian says the show has been going long enough without a single same-sex partnership on the scene.
He is a professional dancer and his professionalism shines day in day out. His moves can easily impress anyone and it will not be wrong to say that he is one of the very best in the business. He has already proved his talent in huge television shows and his fan following is insane.
This year marks the 16th series of Strictly, and whilst you're probably thinking about how old that makes you feel, I'm struggling to come to terms with Strictly Come Dancing 's same sex couples policy. How so much time has passed without viewers seeing a guy and a guy, or a gal and gal take to the dance floor to perform a tango is beyond me. However, if recent reports are anything to go by, this might just be the first series of the show to include same-sex professional pairings. According to The Sunin some of this series' routines, pros Pasha Kovalev and AJ Pritchard "will dance as a duo," meanwhile, Karen Clifton "and another female dancer will perform as a pair" as well.
Professional dancers Robin Windsor and Aljaz Skorjanec have won praise for becoming the first same-sex couple to take to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom. Windsor, who has been unable to mentor a celebrity this series due to a back injury, is a strong advocate for same-sex partners on Strictly and has spoken about the possibility before. Then, if the public love it, why not go all out and do it for a full series?
Rachel Riley has admitted that she finds it difficult to see her boyfriend Pasha Kovalevwith the Strictly Come Dancing hunk currently away on tour and the couple's schedules regularly clashing. But when the lovebirds do reunite, one of the things they like to do is hit the dancefloor. Rachel and Pasha met while filming the eleventh series of Strictly when they were paired up as a duo, and their romance blossomed shortly after the Countdown presenter was eliminated from the show.