Strictly Come Dancing has no plans to add same sex pairings this year

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Strictly Come Dancing has no plans to add same sex pairings to this year's show, the BBC has said.

Celebrities on the line up for this year's series are being unveiled each day with former MP Ed Balls, singer Will Young and TV presenter Laura Whitmore confirmed so far.

There had been reports that this autumn could see the first same sex pairing between a celebrity and pro dancer but the BBC says the show will instead stick to its "traditional" mixed sex format.

A statement from the BBC said (via Pink News): “The show has chosen the traditional Latin and Ballroom format of mixed-sex couples.”

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood last year called for a change to allow same sex pairings, suggesting it could mix things up in the competition.

“I was rather hoping for a same sex couple – I doubt that it’ll happen this year," he said. “But I’d love it to happen because that might put a spanner in the works.”

While the idea has its support it also has plenty of critics, including former Strictly poor James Jordan who suggested it would turn viewers off.

"It’s wrong. I think they would lose so many viewers," he said. "I have nothing against same-sex couples, if they want to go and do their own competitions.

“But ballroom and Latin dancing is about a man dancing with a woman – that’s fact.

“It annoys me that people like Craig can say this because he’s gay. That’s the only reason he’s pushing it.”

Strictly Come Dancing will begin next month on BBC One.

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