Strictly Come Dancing to have 'first same-sex couple' in 2020 series

8 May 2020, 15:21

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is looking to be the most eventful series to date.

Alongside new rules around social distancing, a source close to the BBC series says TV bosses are keen to have their first same-sex couple.

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The move comes after Strictly Come Dancing showcased a one-off routine by two professional dancers in last year's series and ITV's Dancing On Ice also paired up pop star Ian "H" Watkins with Olympic Skater Matt Evers in 2019.

Johannes Radebe, 33, performing a one-off, same-sex routine with Graziano Di Prima on the 2019 series.
Johannes Radebe, 33, performing a one-off, same-sex routine with Graziano Di Prima on the 2019 series. Picture: BBC

Johannes Radebe is rumoured to be the favourite to be paired up with a male celebrity in 2020 after his groundbreaking same-sex performance with Graziano Di Prima.

The source told The Sun: “The plan to introduce a same-sex couple was made after ITV took the plunge.

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“Many of Strictly’s stars have called on producers to cast a same-sex couple for the past few years and it’s been decided this will be the year.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019
Strictly Come Dancing 2019. Picture: BBC

Johannes made history with Graziano in the last series by becoming the first same-sex dancers to perform and he’s made no secret of how keen he’d be to take on the role."

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"Strictly is facing so many challenges this series because of coronavirus but behind-the-scenes they’re rising to the challenge and want this year’s show to be better than ever."

Read on for all the celebrities rumoured to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2020.