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Strictly Come Dancing will include same-sex couple ‘this year or the next’

Strictly Come Dancing will include same-sex couple ‘this year or the next’

Strictly Come Dancing will include its first same-sex pairing of celebrity and professional partner in 2015 or 2016.

Craig Revel Horwood, who is a judge on the show known as Dancing With The Stars across the world, has said it is ‘on the cards’ to happen very soon.

‘A same sex couple on Strictly – that is on the cards,’ he told OK Magazine. ‘

It’ll be either this year or next year, but most certainly, it will happen. They did it already in Hungary or somewhere.’

He said the show ‘should encourage that sort of thing’ as there are same-sex couples competing in ‘competitions throughout the world’.

‘You just have to decide who goes backwards darling!’ he said.

Scott Mills, a gay Radio 1 DJ who competed on last year’s run with Joanne Clifton, said he was not happy on the idea of being paired with a man.

‘You don’t have to dance with a man because you’re gay,’ he said.

Straight rugby star Ben Cohen, however, said he asked producers to pair him with a guy in the hope it would start a conversation about LGBTI rights.

Last season was the first to feature a routine where the professionals danced in same-sex couples.

The BBC has yet to feature a celebrity with a professional dance partner in the UK. Israel’s Dancing With The Stars was the first version of the hit franchise to feature a same-sex partnership, with Austria following in 2011.

Robin Windsor, a gay former professional dancer on the show, has told GSN: ‘I think it would be a great thing to happen. But I don’t think the same-sex world of ballroom dancing has established itself enough yet.

‘I have made the suggestion we could try it out on one of the specials. I do think it is something which will be considered in the future, once it has become a bit more well known.

‘The general public will take a bit of time to get used to seeing it. I think it will possibly happen in the future. A lot of people will love to see it happen but we have to go with the majority and the majority is not quite there yet.’