Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli hopes same-sex couples on show won’t be “headline chasing”

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The Strictly judge doesn’t want a same-sex couple for the sake of having one.

The debate around same-sex couples competing on Strictly is an annual discussion at this point, and as the years go by more and more people start backing the idea.

Various judges and dancers have highlighted how same-sex couples already exist in the ballroom scene, and have volunteered to dance with a same-sex partner.

And although Strictly’s loudest judge Bruno Tonioli backs same-sex couples on the show, he revealed he doesn’t back the idea just for the sake of a same-sex couple being on the show.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “We would have to be very careful because we wouldn’t want to do it just to get headlines. It has to be the right person and couple for it to work.”

Bruno added: “The search needs to start and it’s something that is possible. But it shouldn’t be headline chasing.”

Strictly has included same-sex routines in previous shows, with some professional routines in 2018, and a prominent routine last series between Graziano Di Prima and Johannes Radebe. Sadly, this routine managed to elicit nearly 300 complaints from people saying they were “offended.”

Speaking to Hello Magazine, Johannes said: “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. There’s bromance galore between us, but there were no male and female roles, just free movement. It was beautiful, classy and elegant.”

But the show might be about to introduce a same-sex couple this year, as last week Judge Rinder revealed he’d been asked to compete on this year’s Christmas special with a male partner.

Speaking to OK! magazine, Rinder said: “I was offered next year’s Christmas special with a same-sex dancer. I’d do anything. I’ve danced on stage with Anton du Beke for a Grenfell Tower benefit.”

He added it was “inevitable” that the BBC show would one day feature same-sex couples competing.

Strictly was beaten to the punch of having the first same-sex couple compete by Dancing on Ice, which paired Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins with Matt Evers. Sadly, H and Matt were eliminated earlier this month following a Jazz routine to Michael Bublé’s Fever.

And although not as many as Strictly, their first routine still prompted 16 ‘offended’ viewers to complain.

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