BBC are 'completely open' to featuring same sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing in the future

Same sex couples could feature in future series of Strictly Come Dancing (Photo by BBC)

The BBC have revealed that they would be open to having same sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing in the future.

Ahead of the new series which will see a host of celebrities including Catherine Tyldesley, Michelle Visage, Anneka Rice and Chris Ramsay, putting their best foot forward on the dancefloor, reports have claimed that the show will feature same sex couples from next year.

A source told the Mirror: "Having previously thought it was unnecessary, it has dawned on people at the BBC that the original British show looks a bit backwards in not having embraced the notion of a same-sex couple."

However, whilst the BBC has confirmed that there are currently "no plans" to make any changes to the current format, it could change in the future.

"Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and we are proud to have featured same-sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series," a spokesperson told the Evening Standard.

"We are completely open to the prospect of including same-sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers in the future, should the opportunity arise."

The debate about having same sex couples on Strictly has been on-going with Strictly stars and judges declaring their support for the change.

Craig Revel Horwood said: "I think more and more people want it, the more it will happen.

"I have no argument against it. I think it would be rather fun. Maybe the BBC will be brave enough one day to do it."

Dr Ranj Singh, who appeared on the show in 2018, said of the debate: "I would love to dance with a same-sex partner."

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Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Ranj Singh (bottom) and Gorka Marquez celebrate winning the award for best Talent Show for Strictly Come Dancing in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Stacey Dooley attends the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Lauren Steadman, Faye Tozer, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Amy Dowden attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Strictly Come Dancing finalist Dianne Buswell leaves BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show.
Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard and Lauren Steadman (both at centre) meet members of the cast after watching Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London.
File photo dated 27/08/18 of Strictly Come Dancing contestant Vick Hope, who has said she is getting by on just three hours of sleep a night while training for the programme.
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dr Ranj Singh and his professional dance partner Janette Manrara during rehearsals at a dance studio in London.
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