Strictly Come Dancing: 'Same-sex couples would be possible if it wasn't a BBC show'

Strictly Come Dancing: 'same-sex couples possible if show was on different channel other than BBC', says journalist

Simon Glazin said such a pairing would be unlikely on the BBC (Credit: Twitter @jemmairwin1)

Monday, September 11, 2017

A prominent journalist has shared his scepticism of the BBC ever introducing same-sex pairings on Strictly Come Dancing

The debate had been sparked by the admission by current contestant Reverend Richard Coles, who is openly gay, that he had discussed the prospect of dancing with a man with the show's bosses.

However the broadcaster has confirmed it doesn't have any plans to bring same-sex couples onto the show on Sunday.

Simon Glazin, a freelance journalist, said he didn't believe a same-sex couple would ever appear on the show.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "If it was on a different channel, like Channel 4, it might have a chance, but it’s not likely with the BBC.

"In the age we live now, it’s very common to see a gay couple acting in a soap, even on the BBC.

"So I think a show like Strictly deserves to have the same treatment. It’s probably the stuffy old heads of the channel who don’t want to go that far.

"The problem is tradition, historically, has said it has to be a man and a woman doing a dance and I think that’s probably where the BBC are a bit wary."

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