Shirley: Strictly should star a same-sex cou­ple

Daily Mail - - One Day To Go ... - By Susie Coen TV and Ra­dio Reporter

STRICTLY Come Danc­ing’s head judge, Shirley Bal­las, says she would like noth­ing more than for a same-sex cou­ple to be in­cluded in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The 57- year- old added she ‘couldn’t think of any­thing more ex­cit­ing’ than see­ing two men or two women com­pete to­gether.

The ball­room ex­pert pointed out that a male pair had just made the fi­nal of the Ital­ian ver­sion of Strictly.

Asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of that hap­pen­ing in the UK, Mrs Bal­las told ITV’s good Morn­ing Bri­tain: ‘I think things are chang- ing. I couldn’t think of any­thing more ex­cit­ing so yes, I’m for it.’

fel­low Strictly judge Craig Revel Hor­wood has pre­vi­ously said the BBC1 show should in­tro­duce same-sex cou­ples.

Last year, he said: ‘In the world of com­pe­ti­tions, there are same­sex cou­ples that do it [just] as well so there is no rea­son that can’t hap­pen.’

But the BBC has pre­vi­ously said it has ‘no plans’ to in­clude same­sex cou­ples in the hit show.

Call for change: Shirley Bal­las

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