Strictly Come Dancing: Bosses to finally allow & # 39; same-sex couples to follow the next series after years of campaigning & # 39;
Strictly come dancing bosses are finally going to allow same-sex couples to compete in the next series, according to The mirror.
A BBC source claimed that after years of campaigning by viewers and judge Craig Revel-Horwood, producers have admitted having seen how popular couples have been on international versions of the show.
It comes when the current Strictly series finally begins on Saturday, with 15 new celebrities who want to learn which professional they will compete with.
Finally! Strictly come dancing bosses are said to allow same-sex couples to compete in the next series (pictured above a same-sex routine of the professionals last year)
The source explained that bosses agreed to relax the rules for same-sex couples after seeing how well they were embraced abroad.
They said: & # 39; Bosses have said that although there are no same-sex couples in this series, they would certainly be open to it, given the right combination of celebrities and dancers. The show has always been inclusive and reflects modern Britain. & # 39;
& # 39; Having previously thought it was not necessary, it has become clear to people at the BBC that the original British show is looking back a little because they have not embraced the idea of a same-sex couple. & # 39 ;
Exciting: a source claimed that bosses admitted to fans after years of campaigns. It only takes a week before the current series starts on BBC One
Amazing: it comes after viewers praised show bosses last year, when the professional dancers performed a same-sex routine
The source added that the decision was also made following the success of Courtney Act's drag act – real name Shane Jenek – when she was paired with male professional dancer Josh Keefe at Dancing With The Stars Australia.
& # 39; It could well be that we follow the Aussie model and opt for a charismatic drag act, because Courtney Act has proved hugely popular with traditionally conservative Australian viewers. & # 39;
When contacted by MailOnline, a representative of Strictly Come Dancing said: & Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and we are proud that we danced the same gender among professional dancers in the previous series.
& # 39; We are fully open to the prospect of including same-sex couples between our celebrities and professional dancers in the future should the opportunity arise. & # 39;
Wow! A source claimed that bosses decided to relax the rules for couples after seeing the success of the Courtney Act drag on Dancing With The Stars Australia
The decision comes after years of campaigns by same-sex fans, who turned out to be partially successful last year when professional dancers delivered a powerful same-sex routine.
Several former participants have also supported the idea, with Dr. Ranj Singh saying last year: & # 39; I would like to dance with a same-sex partner. & # 39;
Reverend Richard Coles also said in 2017 that it did not make sense that someone opposed the idea & # 39 ;.
It is after Courtney shared her disappointment that Strictly still had to embrace same-sex couples in the UK.
Important: Judge Craig Revel Horwood has long supported the idea of same-sex couples
In Edinburgh Fringe, she said: & I am shocked that it did not happen in the UK – the institution of ballroom dancing is used as an excuse. They hide behind it.
& # 39; Maybe the audience has grown older and they think the viewers would not like it. But it has to happen – people will be surprised how positively it is received. & # 39;
Judge Craig has also campaigned for the pairings, saying against The mirror: & # 39; I think more and more people want it – maybe the BBC will one day be brave enough to do it. & # 39;
In 2010, Israel became the first version of Strictly to introduce same-sex couples, when TV presenter Gili Shem Tov collaborated with professional dancer Dorit Milman.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on BBC One on Saturday 7 September.
Sultry: Israel became the first version of Strictly to introduce same-sex couples in 2010, when TV presenter Gili Shem Tov collaborated with professional dancer Dorit Milman
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