Strictly ‘hopes for an all-male couple on 2021 show’ after pairing up with Nicola Adams and Katya Jones
Strictly Come Dancing is reportedly planning to have an all-male couple in the 2021 series, a first for the hit BBC show.
The duo would follow in the footsteps of Nicola Adams, 38, and Katya Jones, 31, who made history last season as the very first same-sex couple to compete.
A production source has now claimed that ‘all the pros are on board’ with the idea and that TV execs are looking for a gay or bisexual celeb to join.
Bring it on! Strictly Come Dancing reportedly plans to show its first all-male couple in the 2021 series (pros Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima will dance together in 2019)
Speak with The sun, the source claimed: ‘Strictly bosses want to maintain momentum after their historic all-female pairing last year.
They want to be as progressive and inclusive as possible and think it would be great to include a same-sex male couple.
‘It’s been done on Dancing on Ice before and all the pros are on board with the move.’
The source added that the professionals would also love to have the chance to try out new choreography ideas in a same-sex couple.
MailOnline has contacted Strictly’s representatives for a comment.
A first: the duo would follow in the footsteps of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, who made history last season as the very first same-sex couple to compete (pictured)
ITV’s Dancing On Ice had its first all-male competitive pair in 2020 when Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins, 44, took to the rink with pro Matt Evers, 45.
Potential celeb names reportedly in the running in Strictly’s all-male pairing include Westlife star Mark Feehily, 40, who was also tipped off for the 2020 show.
The all-male pair would follow the history of boxer Nicola and Katya on Strictly, impressing the judges with their moves during their first three dances.
However, the pair were forced to pull out when Katya tested positive for Covid, as Strictly bosses introduced new guidelines to keep the stars safe during the pandemic.
Having already started training, Nicola and Katya will not be able to return for the 2021 series, but during the 2020 they did take to the floor for a great performance.
Two men have previously danced together on the show, with Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima during Emeli Sande’s 2019 performance.
In the running? TV execs would be looking for a gay or bisexual celeb to join the 2021 series, with Westlife’s Mark Feehily tipped as a top contender
‘The pros are all on board’: a source said that the professional dancers would very much like a combination of all men in 2021 (photo left, Luba Mushtuk and Aljaz Skorjanec, and right, Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima, dancing while Emeli Sande sings Strictly in 2019)
And male dancers Johannes, Gorka Marquez and Giovanni Pernice also performed together during the show’s first-ever drag performance to a medley of hits from the musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert in 2020.
However, Strictly received more than 100 complaints after viewers criticized the routine, with the stars wearing wigs and high heels in December.
Some outraged viewers wondered why such a dance should be on a ‘family show’, with someone claiming that the ‘weird’ dance even ‘confused their grandchildren’.
The BBC confirmed that they have received complaints following the groundbreaking routine, which means that the network must now provide a public response.
Ofcom also received a small number of complaints after some viewers shared their outrage on social media.
MailOnline reached out to representatives for Strictly Come Dancing and Ofcom at the time for comment.
Despite this backlash, Strictly has no shortage of male professional dancers lining up to make history in an all-male partnership in 2021, as at least three have already shared their interest in making the pairing.
Speaking on FUBAR radio in February, Graziano put himself forward as the newest male professional to want a male partner in the next series.
Graziano admitted that he ‘has been’ ready for four years ‘to dance with a guy on the BBC show, saying,’ Dance is for everyone. And I say this in every class, it is for everyone who likes to dance. Dancing was just born to let people be free and happy. ‘
Unfortunately for Graziano, he’s not the first to show interest as fellow professional dancer Giovanni Pernice admitted he would be ready for the ‘challenge’ and Neil Jones told hosts Bobby and Stephen earlier this year he wouldn’t pass up the opportunity. one of both.
Controversy: Strictly received more than 100 complaints after viewers criticized the show’s very first drag performance, with Johannes, Gorka Marquez and Giovanni Pernice dressing in wigs and heels as they danced to a mishmash of hits from the musical Pricilla: Queen of the Desert