Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has said he thinks there will be same-sex couples dancing on the show next year.
Craig Revel Horwood, SCD judge
“I think same-sex couples can exist, you only have to decide who’s going to go backwards really, don’t you. That’s the only difference.” – Craig Revel Horwood
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, Craig was asked by Lorraine Kelly what he thought about same-sex couples dancing on the show and whether he thought that was likely to happen on the popular BBC One celebrity dancing contest, he noted:
“I hope so, I really hope so. In the world of competition there are same-sex couples that do it as well so there is no reason why that can’t happen. It’s just I guess the Beeb have to decide whether they want to do that one year and I think it’ll probably happen next year…
“When you consider the tango was originally danced between two men anyway. It’s amazing – seeing Argentine Tango between two men is powerful and explosive and the same can happen between two women. There’s nothing wrong, I mean you can get married now can’t you? It’s great to celebrate anyone’s sexuality. And as you say it’s not just about sex it’s about dancing.”
Early days: Craig (far right) with the original Strictly judges, Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman.
Strictly Come Dancing returned at the weekend with 8.78 million viewers and a 44.7% share of the audience. The show peaked with 9.48m (47.8%) at 8pm during a special dance routine in Bruce Forsyth’s honour. Over on ITV The X Factor, which overlapped for 40 minutes with the beeb rival, was viewed by 5.63 million and a 28.1% audience share. The singing contest peaked with 6.77m (35.2%) at 9.10pm.
The celebrities strutting their stuff on the Strictly dance floor this year are Alexandra Burke, Charlotte Hawkins, Chizzy Akudolu, Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson, Mollie King, Ruth Langsford, Susan Calman, Aston Merrygold, Brian Conley, Davood Ghadami, Joe McFadden, Jonnie Peacock, Simon Rimmer and the Reverend Richard Coles who started the same-sex dancing debate when interviewed about the show. Coles said he could see no reason for two men, or two women, not to be able to dance with each other on the BBC series.