Strictly could feature two same-sex couples after success of 2020 series

Strictly Come Dancing bosses are reportedly considering featuring two same-sex couples in the new series.

Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams made show history last year by becoming the first celebrity to perform in a same-sex pairing after being partnered with professional dancer Katya Jones.

The female coupling impressed fans of the BBC dancing competition and producers are thought to be considering have a male and female same-sex couples in the 2021 edition.

A source told The Sun: ""Bosses are still looking at all the options but given the positive feedback from last year, they're seriously considering having two same-sex couples, one male and one female.

"The show has to move forward and viewers loved last year's series

Strictly faced over 100 Ofcom complaints from viewers after the show announced its first ever same-sex coupling.

Boxer Nicola, 37, requested to be partnered with a woman on the BBC show, and Strictly execs agreed to the move branding their show as "inclusive".

Bosses released a statement following the complaints stating that the competition is "inclusive" and they are "proud" to have had same-sex partners in previous series.

The statement read: "Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.

"We have stated, in the past, that we are open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers, should the opportunity arise.

"Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate."

The statement concluded: "The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine."

Strictly also faced backlash in 2019 when professional male dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima performed together on the show.

The duo danced barefoot during singer Emeli Sande's performance.

During their dance routine – which included spins, lifts and gymnastic tricks – they also performed alongside Luba Mushtuk and Aljaž Škorjanec.

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BBC later released data which recorded 189 viewers complaining over the same-sex routine, as they found it "offensive to feature two men dancing as a pair".

The corporation released a statement defending its decision to feature Johannes and Graziano dancing together.

It said: "Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have been able to facilitate the dance between Johannes and Graziano during the Professionals' dance.

"They are dancers first and foremost, and their sex had no bearing on their routine."

Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to BBC One later this year

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