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AJ Pritchard wants to be the first professional dancer on 'Strictly' in a same-sex couple

The dance competition has yet to introduce same-sex couples on its show.

2019-03-07

AJ Pritchard wants to be the first pro-dancer on Strictly Come Dancing to be part of a same-sex couple.

The BBC ballroom and latin show has yet to feature a same-sex dance couple despite multiple celebrities, professional dancers and judges calling for them to be introduced.

Last year, the show did make a small step forward by having the professional dancers performing a same-sex routine together but that was about the extent of it.

Now, AJ – who has been on the show since 2016 – has opened up about having a male dance partner and said he is “100 per cent” up for it.

He told the MailOnline: “If they do decide to finally do same-sex partners on Strictly this year, I, 100 per cent want to be the pro to do it.

“I love a curveball. It’s always great to get a new challenge on the show. If it’s going to be anyone, I’d like it to be me.

“I’m 100 per cent the pro to do it. I guess it all depends on who the celebrity contestants are this year.

“So, I think we have to wait and see, but if same-sex partnerships do happen it’s going to be so captivating.

“And I am very open to it. People enjoy seeing bodies moving, it doesn’t matter [about gender].”