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Strictly to have same-sex couple ‘this year or next’

By Will Stroude

Strictly Come Dancing 

will feature a same-sex dance pairing “this year or next.”

That’s according to the BBC dancing competition’s acid-tongued judge Craig Revel-Horwood, who’s revealed that having a same-sex couple participate on the show is very much on the agenda.


“A same sex couple on Strictly – that is on the cards”, he told OK! at TruTV’s Drag Race UK party last night (May 29).

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

The 50 year-old continued: “We should encourage that sort of thing, absolutely. There are competitions throughout the world that have same-sex couples.

“You just have to decide who goes backwards, darling!”

Strictly featured its first same-sex dance last year, when professional dancer Robin Windsor danced with reigning champion Aljaž Skorjanec – click here to watch the moment.

Last year, gay Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills defended the BBC’s decision to pair him with a woman during the competition, saying that same-sex pairings don’t “work as well in things like ballroom”.

Revel-Horwood also gave his opinion on rumours that Radio 1 Breakfast show presenter Nick Grimshaw might be joining the X Factor judging panel, saying: “Nick Grimshaw would be good. I think it’s good to change panels, although I’m pleased that Strictly haven’t!

“Simon Cowell is always trying to fight back. He stole Alesha from us, now he’s stolen our winner Caroline Flack, it’s amazing isn’t it?

Strictly is the next stepping stone to one of Simon’s shows!”

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