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Strictly Come Dancing has no plans for same sex couples

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Strictly Come Dancing bosses have said there are "no plans" for same sex couples.

The BBC has issued a statement reaffirming its position on the matter, ahead of the new series' launch.

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They said (via BBC News): "Strictly has chosen the traditional format of mixed-sex couples and at the moment we have no plans to introduce same-sex couples in the competition."

The official comment follows this year's celebs speaking out about performing in same sex pairings.

Susan Calman has hit back after being criticised by some in the LGBT community for taking part in the show because it did not offer same sex couples.

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"For the gay community to criticise me and try to get me what they want to do is, I think, as difficult as suggesting the straight community are trying to," Susan said. "No one is holding me hostage in this room, making me wear a dress and dance with a man. I want to learn how to dance."

She said it was her decision to dance with a man and added: "I think politically, there's nothing more powerful than having an openly gay woman on the biggest show on television, whose wife's on the front row, doing what she wants to do."

Meanwhile, Susan's fellow contestant on Strictly this year Rev Richard Coles said he would have been happy to perform with another man.

"We've had a discussion about it actually, and I don't know. I mean, it's in no sense that anyone resists the idea in principle, it's just a question of doing it," he said. "I think it's a good year to do it actually, with the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Decriminalisation Act."

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 airs tonight on BBC One from 7PM.