Strictly Come Dancing ‘will allow same-sex couples' in 2020 show shake-up
31 August 2019, 12:17 | Updated: 31 August 2019, 17:31
Strictly Come Dancing is getting a new format - allowing same-sex couples to compete from next year.
An insider told The Daily Mirror that bosses had a change of heart after seeing other nations taking on the idea.
"Bosses have said while there aren't any same sex pairings in this series, they'd definitely be open to it, given the right combination of celebs and dancers", said the source.
"The show's always been inclusive and reflects modern Britain.”
The popular dancing show received criticism at the Edinburgh TV Festival this month so failing move with the times like Israel and Australia.
In Australia, drag artist Courteney Act - played by Shane Janek - danced with a professional male and got to the final and won an army of fans.
Last year TV doctor Ranj Singh admitted he would loved to have the option 'to dance with a same-sex partner.'
The source continued: "Having previously thought it was unnecessary, it has dawned on people at the BBC that the original British show looks a bit backwards in not having embraced the notion of a same-sex couple.
“It could well be that we follow the Aussie model and go for a charismatic drag act, because Courtney Act proved hugely popular with traditionally conservative Australian viewers.
Ex-footballer David James, YouTube star Saffron Baker, EastEnders star Emma Barton, Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley, football unit Alex Scott BME,Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing, rower James Cracknell, TV presenter Anneka Rice and RuPaul star Michelle Visage are among this year's contestants.
The show starts next week.
We can't wait!