Strictly Come Dancing has once again found itself at the centre of a debate about whether or not contestants should be able to dance with same-sex professional partners on the show.
It became a major talking point ahead of the 2017 series when contestant Rev. Richard Coles revealed that he had a “discussion” with the BBC about having a male partner before he signed up, while comedian Susan Calman said she was “absolutely not disappointed” that she would not be paired with a woman.
Judge Craig Revel-Horwood then said he thought it likely that the show would feature same-sex couples by 2018.
“I hope so, I really hope so. In the world of competition there are same-sex couples that do it as well so there is no reason why that can’t happen” he told Lorraine Kelly. “It’s just I guess the Beeb have to decide whether they want to do that one year and I think it’ll probably happen next year.”
But the BBC wasn’t quite so sure. “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”, a statement from the broadcaster said.
But what do YOU think? Should Strictly give contestants the opportunity to dance with a same-sex partner if they want to?