STRICTLY hopes to feature an all-male couple for the first time this year.
It plans to secure a high-profile gay or bisexual star to make up half the show’s second same-sex pairing.
Strictly hopes to feature an all-male couple for the first time this year – pictured Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima dancing as Emeli Sande sings
Westlife singer Mark Feehily, 40, is an early front-runner to join the celebrity line-up after previously expressing his interest.
A production source said: “Strictly bosses are keen to keep the momentum going after their historical all-female pairing last year.
Westlife singer Mark Feehily is an early front-runner to join the celebrity line-upCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The move comes after Nicola Adam and pro dancer Katya Jones made history last time as the BBC1 show’s first same-sex duoCredit: PA
A source said: ‘Strictly bosses are keen to keep the momentum going after their historical all-female pairing last year’Credit: instagram/nicola adams
“They want to be as progressive and inclusive as possible and think it would be great to include a same-sex male couple.
“It’s been done before on Dancing on Ice and all the pros are on board with the move.
“They’d all love to get creative with choreography and help break down boundaries.”
Speaking last month, Irish star Mark said: “It was fantastic to see a same sex couple. I’d love to see two men dance on the show.”
Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt Evers appear on Dancing On IceCredit: Rex
Strictly‘s gay male professional Johannes Radebe, 33, and fellow pro Graziano Di Prima, 26, danced together to a performance by singer Emeli Sande on a 2019 results show.
South African Johannes said at the time: “I’ve never felt so liberated. For the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am.
“That says so much about the people of this country. To be able to dance with a friend I respect and adore is joyous.”
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