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Russell T Davies wants Strictly Come Dancing to feature same-sex couples

OHMYGOSSIP — Russell T Davies thinks it’s time for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ to introduce same-sex pairings.
The ‘Queer As Folk’ writer has backed calls for the BBC Latin and ballroom show to take the next step by embracing its “gay” side when it comes to the couples.
Speaking at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, he said: “There’s two gay judges, lots of gay contestants – it’s gay, full stop. But it could be better.”
In the past, a number of stars – including Paul O’Grady, Dr. Ranj Singh and judge Bruno Tonioli – have called for ‘Strictly’ to feature same-sex couples on the show.
Earlier this year, AJ Pritchard revealed he wanted to be the first professional dancer to partner a male celebrity on the programme.
He said: “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 …
“If it’s going to be anyone [in a same-sex pairing], I’d like it to be me. I’m 100% the pro to do it. I guess it all depends on who the celebrity contestants are this year.”
AJ insisted gender “doesn’t matter” when it comes to dancing and thinks a same-sex pairing would be “captivating” for viewers.
He added: “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].”
However, last year bosses ruled out the idea of same-sex couples because of a decision to stick with a “traditional format”.
A spokesperson said at the time: “‘Strictly’ has chosen the traditional format of mixed-sex couples and at the moment we have no plans to introduce same-sex couples.”

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