Strictly come dancing to have first male couple

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Strictly come dancing will feature its first all-male couple after TV chef John Whaite joined the line-up today, Thursday, August 5.

It was announced today that Strictly will feature its first all-male dancing couple in the history of the show after TV chef John Whaite joined the line-up. This follows boxer, Nicola Adams, who was the first to have a same-sex couple last series.

The winner of Bake Off 2021 has said the partnership is “a great step forward in representation and inclusion”.

He also said to Matt Lucas on BBC Radio 2 that it was “an honour” to be taking part in the show.

“When they asked me if I’d be interested, I just bit their hand off because I thought, to do that and represent the LGBTQ+ community is one thing, but also just to see two men or two women dancing together, it’s not necessarily about sexuality, it’s just about intimacy and respect,” he said.

“And I think that’s going to be such a great thing in our culture, where men are sort of conditioned not to open up and not to be emotional. I think it might help to combat that. So I’m excited on so many levels to be doing the first all-male partnership.”

He added: “I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet and I don’t think it will until I find out who I’m actually dancing with.”

Lucas, who is also gay, said: “As a kid, I never would have dreamed that that sort of thing would be possible.”

“Well that’s the thing,” Whaite replied, “I hope that kids watch this and see it and it becomes normal for them. They don’t have to grow up in shame, they don’t have to grow up worrying about who they are.

“I hope this kind of sets a bar for kids to think, I am who I am, and I’m proud of that.”


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