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Craig Revel-Horwood says the BBC could be brave enough for same-sex couples on 'Strictly Come Dancing'

The judges comments come after head judge Shirley Ballas welcomed the idea

2018-08-30

Craig Revel-Horwood believes the BBC will have same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing.

The judge has been a long-standing part of the BBC ballroom and latin dance competition and despite having a number of LGBT+ contestants, the show has stuck to the male-female dance partners.

Now, Horwood – who has previously spoken out about the possibility of same-sex couples on the show – has now suggested the BBC could be “brave enough” to do it one day.

He told The Mirror: “I think the more and more people want it, the more it will happen.

“I have no argument against it. I think it would be rather fun. Maybe the BBC will be brave enough one day to do it.”

His comments come after head judge Shirley Ballas – who replaced Len Goodman last year - admitted she thought same-sex dance pairings would be eventually be included.

The 57-year-old, who will return to the Strictly panel alongside Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Horwood when the show returns to screens next month, continued: "We have same sex competitions in my industry. It’s movement to music at the end of the day.

"When I’m teaching a lecture, I have the little girls do the boys part, the little boys do the girls part so they understand about lead and follow and what to expect.

"It’s two human beings that are moving to music at the end of the day, you’re judging the talent."