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July 12, 2014

Ahead of a review of the rules regarding ballroom dance competitions in the UK, dancers demand to be able to compete with same-sex partners if they choose

The world of competitive ballroom dancing has more to it than sequins and perfect scores, as a recent row in the UK has seen dancers demand to be allowed to dance in same-sex pairs.

The current legislation laid out by the British Dance Council (BDC) stipulates: ‘This Council recognizes a partnership to be one man and one lady in all adult amateur and professional competitions and championships unless otherwise stated.’

April 25, 2014

Gay Irish host says he is 'too lazy' to take on the BBC show that inspired Dancing With The Stars and many other versions around the world

Gay Irish TV presenter Graham Norton is turning down the job of hosting Strictly Come Dancing, of the most highly watched shows in the UK.

When Sir Bruce Forsyth announced he was retiring from his role as presenter, Norton was thought to be a strong contender for the role.

But if he was asked, he said he would be ‘too lazy’ to do it.

Norton told The Sun: ’I wouldn’t jump at the chance [to host Strictly].

‘I really enjoy the show but, it’s a very tough gig.’

October 25, 2013

Barclays LGBT gala fundraiser for Cohen’s anti-bullying charity also hears Olympic bronze medal hero Annie Panter talk about being lesbian

Performing in Strictly Come Dancing is the nerve-wracking thing former rugby star and pin-up Ben Cohen has ever done.

He made the comments at a fundraising dinner last night (24 October) for his LGBT anti-bullying charity, StandUp Foundation – organized by Barclays.

Meanwhile another special guest, Olympic bronze medalist Annie Panter, used the dinner to unexpectedly speak about being gay – and to joke how much sex there was behind the scenes at the London 2012 games.

October 9, 2013

The UK’s celebrity ballroom dance TV show may mirror Dancing With The Stars in other countries which have allowed same-sex pairings

The BBC would be prepared to allow a same-sex dance couple on Strictly Come Dancing, one of its flagship shows.

The British tax-subsidized broadcaster was responding to Gay Star News after current contestant Ben Cohen said he had wanted to dance with another man but was paired with a woman, Kristina Rihanoff.

Strictly is a major export for the BBC, turned into Dancing With The Stars in 40 countries, including Israel where an all female couple has already been permitted.

Germany is due to have a same-sex couple in its next series too.

September 17, 2013

But retired rugby star is paired with  Kristina Rihanoff who, he admits, 'will be easier to pick up'

Retired rugby star Ben Cohen may not be gay but he still wanted a male dance partner on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing ballroom competition.

'I like to break down stereotypes,' Cohen, an staunch LGBT ally and activist, told reporters this week.

But instead of being paired with a male dancer, Cohen is dancing with Kristina Rihanoff. The show has yet to have any same-sex pairings.

September 2, 2013

Full line-up for the British dancing reality competition show has been revealed

British rugby hunk and LGBT ally Ben Cohen is to star on Strictly Come Dancing.

The founder of the anti-bullying charity Stand Up! foundation will be waltzing his way onto the British dancing competition show, it was revealed today (2 September).

He will be joined by gay fashion designer Julian Macdonald, LGBT favorite Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Radio 2 host Vanessa Feltz.

Cohen is one of the first straight professional athletes in Britain to focus his philanthropic efforts for the benefit of the gay community.

April 17, 2013

BBC personality Craig Revel Horwood has criticized the new British reality television show

Craig Revel Horwood, a gay judge on long-running British TV show Strictly Come Dancing, has slammed The Voice UK.

The talent show judge says the new BBC show loses its appeal when the coaches turn round to pick their contestant.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he suggested the judges Tom Jones, Danny O'Donaghue, Will.i.Am and the bisexual Jessie J should not turn round until the show reaches its final stage.

April 17, 2013

BBC personality Craig Revel Horwood has criticized the new British reality television show

Craig Revel Horwood, a gay judge on long-running British TV show Strictly Come Dancing, has slammed The Voice UK.

The talent show judge says the new BBC show loses its appeal when the coaches turn round to pick their contestant.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he suggested the judges Tom Jones, Danny O'Donaghue, Will.i.Am and the bisexual Jessie J should not turn round until the show reaches its final stage.

November 26, 2012

Dance partner Robin Windsor says former Emmerdale actor Riley is camp, fun and like a gay man

Strictly Come Dancing star Lisa Riley’s is a gay man trapped in a woman’s body, her dancing partner Robin Windsor has said.

The British TV show, now on its 10 season, is equivalent to Dancing With The Stars in other countries.

And it has become known for its comical dancers, including gay astrologer Russell Grant and clumsy homophobic politician Ann Widdecombe.

November 19, 2012

'Daybreak' showbiz reporter is the sixth person voted off the BBC dancing competition show

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold believes Strictly Come Dancing celebrates the ‘best of British’.

The ‘Daybreak’ host and his dance partner Erin Boag were the sixth couple to leave the BBC dancing competition show.

November 18, 2012

'Daybreak' showbiz reporter is kicked out of the British reality dancing competition show

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold is the latest celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing.

The ‘Daybreak’ TV host and his dance partner Erin Boag left the British dancing competition after finishing in the bottom two alongside Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and newcomer professional Karen Hauer.

Both couples performed their routines for a second time in the dance-off in the Wembley Arena special.

Arnold performed his salsa to Wham!’s Club Tropicana, and Byrne jived to Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock.

November 4, 2012

After forgetting his foxtrot, the showbiz reporter avoided being eliminated in the British reality competition show

Gay showbiz reporter and television host Richard Arnold has survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off for the second time tonight (4 November).

Filmed yesterday, Arnold and his professional partner Erin Boag won a dance-off against actor Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff in the British reality show results.

Arnold forgot his foxtrot when he performed it the first time on Saturday.

‘When you say dance again, it’ll really be the first time,’ he said before dancing in the results show. ‘It’s very tough going out there again. ‘

October 31, 2012

According to reports, the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant will take to the ice floor in 2013

Gareth Thomas has reportedly been signed for Dancing On Ice.

The Welsh gay rugby star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant is said to slipping on his sequins for the British ice-dancing competition.

Comedian and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner Joe Pasquale and soap actors Matt Lapinskas and Samia Ghadie are also said to be taking to the ice floor, as reported by The Sun.

London Olympians Beth Tweddle, who won bronze on the uneven bars, and Luke Campbell, won gold in the boxing, will also join the latest series.

October 29, 2012

UK Radio 1 breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw whacks Olympic gymnast Louis Smith in face because he 'fancies him'

As if a grilling from acerbic judge Craig Revel Horwood wasn't a kick in the teeth enough, Strictly Come Dancing star Louis Smith was booted in the face by gay British Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

The Olympic gymnast was taken by surprise when the former TV host tried to impress him with his athletic skills during a visit to the BBC studios, reported STV.

Grimshaw said: 'Louis Smith was on, who I love, and I was showing him my stomach, and he was like, "Errr..." and I was like, "I'll do a handstand for you". And I kicked him in the face.

October 14, 2012

Gay band Scissor Sisters perform 'Let's Have A Kiki' on the British reality results show

Gay showbiz reporter and television host Richard Arnold will live to waltz another day as he survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off tonight (14 October).

Filmed yesterday, Arnold and his professional partner Erin Boag faced television legend and 74-year-old Johnny Ball and newcomer Iveta Lukosiute in the British reality show results.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman saved Arnold and Boag based on the fact there was more content in the couple's cha cha cha.

October 9, 2012

Strictly Come Dancing (aka Dancing With The Stars) companion show brings fans all the backstage gossip and glamor from the UK’s favorite celebrity dance-athon

As yet another series of the UK television phenomenon that is Strictly Come Dancing hits our screens, it’s time to give some love to essential companion show It Takes Two.

While the weekend is dominated by the over-the-top production and performance of the live shows, It Takes Two takes super-fans behind the scenes with interviews with the celebrities, the dancers and other key players to bring us as close to the action as possible.

September 8, 2012

British gay comedian tells supporters 'You have made a 53-year-old homosexual very happy'

Gay comic Julian Clary has won Celebrity Big Brother.

The much-loved camp comedian stormed to victory in the British reality program, which features 13 celebrities living together, competing in tasks, and nominating each other for eviction.

Beating TV presenter Coleen Nolan, Spandau Ballet singer Martin Kemp, and Jersey Shore star The Situation,  in the final, he said: ‘You have made a 53-year-old homosexual very happy.’

Clary went on to say winning the show had touched him more than he expected, saying he was an ‘emotional wreck’.

August 27, 2012

Craig Revel Horwood wants the cheeky prince to take part in Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has set his sights on Prince Harry.

The British TV personality is yearning for the cheeky royal to be his boyfriend after his recent naked headline-grabbing pictures from Las Vegas.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Horwood said: ‘I met Prince Harry at Westminster and I want him to be my new boyfriend, but unfortunately I don't think it is going to happen.’

August 16, 2012

Camp British comedian is one of 13 celebrities hoping to stay in the house for three weeks

Gay British comedian Julian Clary was one of 13 celebrities to move in to the Big Brother house last night for the tenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Describing himself as ‘renowned homosexual’, Clary said he should be alright in the Big Brother house, as long as he can have three hours alone in the bathroom every day.

Clary told host, winner of Big Brother 2 Brian Dowling, that ‘the main reason I’m going into the house is to widen my circle’.

April 9, 2012

Gay footballer is winning fans with his dance-floor moves

Professional footballer Anton Hysen was probably a bit of an obvious choice to join the cast for Sweden's Let's Dance 2012.

Known as Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and Dancing With The Stars in the US and other countries, the show's format pairs celebrities with a professional dance partner and requires them to learn and perform new routines each week.

January 19, 2012

Gay Strictly Come Dancing astronomer star to appear in special performances of Gilbert and Sullivan classic

Openly gay Strictly Come Dancing star Russell Grant is set to appear in three exclusive performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera HMS Pinafore.

The special semi-staged concert production will travel to London, Birmingham and Manchester and will star Grant, who made his name as a British TV astronomer in the 1980s and who has recently pirouetted back into the public's affection by featuring on reality show Strictly Come Dancing.

January 19, 2012

Gay Strictly Come Dancing astronomer star to appear in special performances of Gilbert and Sullivan classic

Openly gay Strictly Come Dancing star Russell Grant is set to appear in three exclusive performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera HMS Pinafore.

The special semi-staged concert production will travel to London, Birmingham and Manchester and will star Grant, who made his name as a British TV astronomer in the 1980s and who has recently pirouetted back into the public's affection by featuring on reality show Strictly Come Dancing.

December 11, 2011

Jason Donovan joins gay mag pin-up in the final of ballroom dancing show

Boyband drummer Harry Judd is through to the final of British TV competition Strictly Come Dancing.

The ballroom and Latin dancing competition will finish live on BBC next week.

Judd, the drummer from pop-rock band McFly, has repeatedly stripped off for UK gay magazine Attitude and is the current cover star – named by the magazine as the ‘sexiest man of the year’.