Strictly line up TWO same-sex pairings with male and female couples to avoid being predictable


STRICTLY Come Dancing is keeping viewers on their toes by trying to line up two same-sex pairings.

Bosses of the BBC One series want a male duo and a female duo as they try to avoid a predictable line-up.

The move shows a commitment from Strictly to recruiting the first same-sex couples in the competition’s 16-year history.

The landmark change comes after singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins and professional Matt Evers performed together on ITV’s skating contest Dancing On Ice this year.

An insider said: “This is another intriguing twist in the journey.

“Everyone assumed producers would simply pair gay pro Johannes Radebe with a male celebrity but they felt that was too obvious. Then there was a suggestion they would opt to put two women together.

“But nobody expected having pairings of both genders.”

Among stars mooted as dream female signings are actor Gillian Anderson and singer Jessie J.

Katya Jones has said she would have a same-sex partner.

But competition for places is fierce as this year’s show features less competitors owing to Covid-19.

Producers have pushed back the start by a month to October 24, so the show will last just nine weeks.

Strictly featured a same-sex performance last year from Johannes and fellow pro Graziano Di Prima.

The routine got 189 complaints by viewers, some calling it offensive.

The BBC declined to comment on Monday night on the possible line-up.

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