Will Young has hit out at the idea that gay Strictly contestants should only be expected to dance with a same-sex pro partner, calling it “insulting”.
Scottish comedian Susan Calman has been criticised on Twitter for agreeing to dance with a man in this year’s show, sparking a debate about same-sex couples and whether we’ll ever see them on on Strictly Come Dancing.
It’s a conversation that is familiar for pop star Will, who competed in last year’s series before dropping out in week three for “personal reasons”.
Speaking on his Homo Sapiens podcast, Will told co-host Chris Sweeney: “You’re occupying your male sexuality whether that is gay or not. When I danced with my partner Karen [Clifton], we did the Tango to David Bowie – it was our first dance. I bloody loved it!
“It was all about a connection. I didn’t try and pretend that I wanted to screw her, I was just taking on the character.
“And I think actually I would find it more insulting if someone was like, ‘ You’ve got to dance with a man because you’re gay’. It’s the same as acting, it’s like, no, I don’t!'”
Looking back at his brief stint on Strictly, Will said he loved the experience of having a female dance partner.
“I loved being close to a woman,” he explained. “I was like, ‘This is great!’ And she’s a lot lighter to lift than a man – I mean I could not have done that Bollywood Salsa with a man who’s 13 stone.
“She was light, she was like a panther – and then I quit! Well, to be honest, I’d reached the zenith of my ballroom career.”