It’s been a hot talking point for years and now Strictly Come Dancing fans finally saw a same-sex performance on the BBC show.
Opening Sunday night’s results episode with a dramatic routine to Imagine Dragons hit Believer, the show’s professional dancers were paired off by gender. Katya Jones and Nadiya Bychkova teamed up, Gorka Marquez danced with AJ Pritchard, while Neil Jones and Kevin Clifton performed as a pair.
- First celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing after unanimous judges’ decision
- Susannah Constantine has “dance disaster” with lowest-scoring Foxtrot in Strictly history
- RadioTimes.com newsletter: get the latest TV and entertainment news direct to your inbox
And viewers were in full praise of the same-sex performance…
that pro dance was amazing AND same-sex couples dancing together? it’s a yes from me #strictly— tash ☁️🇮🇷 (@tashajavanpey_) September 30, 2018
— Ben Wickham (@benjiwickham) September 30, 2018
Savoured every second of same-sex pros dancing to the sweet sound of Mail readers’ heads exploding #Strictly— Sid (@HertsSid) September 30, 2018
For many, it proved that such pairings could work between celebrities and pros in the future.
Remind me again how same sex couples don't work? That was great opening dance #Strictly— Bevis Musson (@bevismusson) September 30, 2018
Are we paving the way for some same sex dancing next year? #Strictly— Elizabeth Haynes (@Elizjhaynes) September 30, 2018
Same-sex dancing partnerships have been a point of contention surrounding the series since comedian Susan Calman was criticised last year for agreeing to dance with a man.
Plus, Will Young has previously said that the narrative suggesting gay contestants should want to dance with members of the same sex was “insulting”, while Judge Rinder wrote in Radio Times that attempting to “politicise” the show would dilute its effect.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 next Saturday at 6.30pm