Strictly Come Dancing pro Kevin Clifton would welcome same sex couples on the show

Strictly Come Dancing Kevin Clifton

Strictly Come Dancing pro Kevin Clifton says he'd welcome same sex couples on the show.

The new series of Strictly will hit screens next month on BBC One.

Although the BBC has said it has no plans for same sex couples, Kevin says he would have "no problem" being partnered with another man.

In a Twitter Q&A, Kevin was asked by a fan: "As a gay man who loves the show (and thinks you are brilliant), I’m curious where do you stand on same sex dance partners?

"Would you be open to dancing with a guy if the show put that to you?"

Kevin replied: "Just to be clear I’m not involved in any of these decisions. But if that’s what they wanted then I’d have no problem with it."

Earlier this year, Strictly judge Shirley Ballas also backed including same-sex couples on the show.

Shirley, who joined the show last year, said she'd "embrace" the change.

Shirley's fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood previously predicted same sex couples would be seen on Strictly one day.

The Strictly star thinks it's only a matter of time before the BBC relaxes its rules on the current mixed gender pairings.

"I think same-sex couples can exist - you only have to decide who's going to go backwards really, don't you? That's the only difference." Craig said.

However that change won't be happening in 2018 at least.

A spokesperson for the show said last month: "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."

Strictly Come Dancing begins in September on BBC One.

So far six celebrities have been confirmed for the line up: Cricketer Graeme Swann, radio DJ and TV host Vick hope, YouTube vlogger Joe Sugg, Steps singer Faye Tozer, actor Danny John-Jules and Katie Piper.

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