Saara Aalto wants to be in Strictly Come Dancing's first same sex pairing

Saara Aalto (Dancing On Ice 2019)

Saara Aalto hopes to be in the first same sex pairing on Strictly Come Dancing.

The singer, who has appeared on both The X Factor and Dancing On Ice, is eyeing up another challenge.

Fresh from dropping her brand new Fairytale new EP, she told ITV's Lorraine: "I would love to be on Strictly, I would love it."

And Saara, who identifies as a lesbian, said she would happily be paired with a woman, saying: "Why not? That'd be really good."

Saara also spoke about using her platform to break down barriers and be a role model for LGBTQ+ young people, declaring: "I am so grateful that I am living right now and I have this opportunity."

Saara's comments come after rumours Strictly could soon open its doors to same sex pairings between celebrities and pro dancers.

A source told the Daily Mirror earlier in 2019: "Bosses have said while there aren't any same sex pairings in this series, they'd definitely be open to it, given the right combination of celebs and dancers.

"The show's always been inclusive and reflects modern Britain.”

However earlier this year Strictly Come Dancing's first same-sex routine sparked almost 200 complaints to the BBC.

A performance between pro dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima on this year's show saw a number of objections made.

In response, the BBC said: "Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have been able to facilitate the dance between Johannes and Graziano during the Professionals’ dance.

"They are dancers first and foremost, and their sex had no bearing on their routine."

Meanwhile, Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli tweeted: "It's hard to believe after such progress in society and many other topics going on that over 200 people felt so upset they complained when 2 men danced with each other... I just don't know what to say... Very sad. #bbcstrictly"

For now, the current series of Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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