My View on Strictly Come Dancing’s Decision to Have a Same Sex Partnership Series

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Submitted: March 16, 2020

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My View on Strictly Come Dancing’s Decision to Have a Same Sex Partnership Series:

This my article on Strictly Come Dancing’s decision to have a same sex partnership series.
On Wednesday 14th November 2018 I wrote an article called should there be a same sex partnership series on Strictly Come Dancing regarding this topic.
Before the decision of the Strictly Come Dancing same sex partnership was made in 2017 Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dr Ranj who was openly gay said that he would have liked to dance with a male professional. Also on the Lorraine Show one morning they demonstrated two women and two men dancing a quickstep.
Here’s an article about Strictly Come Dancing making a decision on having a same sex partnership series this year.

According to the Daily Mail. Here’s an article on Strictly Come Dancing’s decision to do a same sex series.

Strictly Come Dancing: Bosses 'allow same-sex couples for next 2020 series after years of campaigning from viewers'

By Laura Fox For Mailonline

31 August 2019

Strictly Come Dancing bosses are reportedly set to allow same-sex couples to compete in the next 2020 series in 2020. 
A BBC source is said to have claimed that after years of campaigning by viewers and judge Craig Revel-Horwood, producers have relented after seeing how popular pairings have been on international versions of the show.
It comes as the current series of Strictly finally kicks off on Saturday, with 15 new celebrities set to learn which professional they will be competing with.
At last! Strictly Come Dancing bosses are reportedly going to allow same-sex couples to compete next series (pictured above a same-sex routine from the professionals last year)
The source explained to The Mirror.that bosses have agreed to relax the rules on same-sex couples after seeing how well they were embraced overseas. 
They said: '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. The show's always been inclusive and reflects modern Britain.
'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.'
The source then added that the decision was also made following the success of drag act Courtney Act - real name Shane Jenek - when she was paired with male professional dancer Josh Keefe on Dancing With The Stars Australia.
'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.'
When contacted by MailOnline a representative for Strictly Come Dancing said: 'Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and we are proud to have featured same sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.
'We are completely open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers in the future, should the opportunity arise.'
Wow! A source claimed that bosses decided to relax the rules on pairings, after seeing the success of drag act Courtney Act on Dancing With The Stars Australia
The decision comes after years of campaigning by fans for same-sex couples, which proved partially successful last year when the professional dancers delivered a powerful same-sex routine.
Several former contestants have also supported the idea, with Dr Ranj Singh saying last year: 'I would love to dance with a same-sex partner.' 
Reverend Richard Coles also said in 2017 that it made 'no sense that anybody resists the idea.'
It comes after Courtney shared her disappointment that Strictly was yet to embrace same-sex couples in the UK.
Speaking at Edinburgh Fringe she said: 'It shocks me that it hasn't happened in the UK – the institution of ballroom dancing is being used as an excuse. They're hiding behind that.
'Maybe the audience skews older and they think the viewers wouldn't like it. But it needs to happen – people will be surprised how positively it is received.'
Judge Craig has also campaigned for the pairings, saying to The Mirror: 'I think more and more people want it - maybe the BBC will be brave enough one day to do it.'

In 2010 Israel became the first version of Strictly to introduce same-sex couples, when TV presenter Gili Shem Tov was partnered with professional dancer Dorit Milman. 

Here are comments regarding this topic:

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

 

 

J Caesar VII Dixi, Manchester, United Kingdom, 3 weeks ago

If something works well for years "LEAVE IT"

amanda, guildford, United Kingdom, 3 weeks ago

The end of the road!

 

Ron Superior, Tubular Falls Estates, 3 weeks ago

After having watched Strictly with great pleasure since its inception, this will severely impact my enjoyment of the show and I think that I'll be giving it a miss. Also, this begs the question - why are there so many lovely boys in Australia?

King of justice, Swindon, United Kingdom, 3 weeks ago

Judging by the amount of red in the comments you have to question who was asked by the BBC when they say this was requested by the public? Were they all BBC employees or Londoners or both!

Dave Sims, Bedford, United Kingdom, 3 weeks ago

Years of campaigning? Lets put it to the vote shall we? I predict around 95% against.

Ace Lightning, Conestoga Hills, United States, 3 weeks ago

That's me off this show, so.

Blades22, SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

So even less people will now tune in.

 

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London59, London, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

It will put a whole new spin on the Strictly curse!

Chrissy, Sandbanks, 4 weeks ago

The death knell sounds

Crazy world, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Yuk, off button for me. Not letting my kids watch this. Getting harder to find suitable things to watch as a family these days. Have to check everything first. Terrible. Would not have been acceptable even 10 years ago. These people that are all for it had the luxury of a normal childhood before being introduced to all other aspects of relationships at a later date.

Lyricalwizard, Lancashire, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Not news. Just normal life

The Watcherseye, Wells, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Terrible decision.

snowman, staffs, 4 weeks ago

At least we can change channels I would not be watching.

Prisoner8485, Manchester, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

I never watch it. I only came on the article to read the comments as guessed a whole load of people would be screaming and shouting for a ticket on the outrage bus.

 

Lyricalwizard, Lancashire, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Not really news worthy. Dancing is dancing, it doesn't matter who with

Cats10, North, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

I will be turning off. Ive just removed from series link in my planner. I should have turned off a couple of years ago to be honest, but this had just made my mind up...that and this years line up! I cant believe my hard earned cash has paid for those unknown people and dancers to do what most dont want. Goodbye strictly. You wont be missed.

somme1916, leeds, 4 weeks ago

Can't do with people or groups who tell me what I should or shouldn't be watching.That's it for me.......typical BBC crap.

Jane, edgware, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

No thanks not for me

blokenextdoor, Telford, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

And the moment they do that, I stop watching it.

Jimbob65, Great Britain, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Nope! They've lost me. So unnecessary!

She Sells Seashells, Here And There, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

If they can make it work good luck to them but I think the novelty will wear off quite quickly.

Patriot001, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

The BBC can do what they want. They're profits are assured by our taxes. They are answerable to nobody. Whatever they broadcast it has no effect on them at all, therefore they don't have to take any notice of what viewers think.

MRL, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

A bit like Corbyns Labour Party. Make a statement and lose votes or in this case viewers.

 

Vectis, IOW, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

'years of campaigning from viewers' ...I'd love to see evidence of all this so-called campaigning by viewers.

Midenglander, Inthemiddle, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Everything comes to an end eventually. goodbye!

The Farm, U.K., United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

I will not be watching

Dave, Sandbanks formerly Caribbean, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

I fully respect the right of everybody to 'their own thing' in private'. I just dont want to see it in public

Jo Me, Dijon, France, 4 weeks ago

We are so glad that we do not watch these programs . Every week there seem to be something new like this to push down our throats. Its like a bad apple.

Ghost, Essex, 4 weeks ago

Wont be watching

Jtrtpboy2569, Oldbury, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

We have watched the show for years,but if this happens,I for one will give it a miss ,call me,what you will I don't care, and I don't care to have these trends shoved on my screen,so as I say I will pass

Oxfordman1956, Oxford, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Not for me Bye bye strictly

knowsley, swinton, 4 weeks ago

worlds gone mad

Suz26, London, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

That's a shame I don't think the loyal Strictly fans want to see that why change what works I don't want to see 2 men or 2 women doing a waltz !

Flingelbunt, South Normanton, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Even more of a reason not to watch it and not pay licence fee

 

Nicole_G, London, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Zenia, Leeds, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

It had become very obvious that the BBC is pandering to a few at the expense of the rest of us. Shame on them. I will not be watching the show and I will not be alone in taking this action.

Dirtiegertie, Northampton, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

Well that's me not watching anymore.

Sincere1, plymouth, United Kingdom, 4 weeks ago

omg how many judgemental people on here and being so childish over same couple dancing. come on people we are still not stuck in the 1950s are we lol god they need After looking at this article as well as it’s comments. They majority thought it was a bad idea. Apart from the final comment where the person said the other people were being homophobic and would definitely be watching it!
But the thing is Strictly Come Dancing is for whole the whole family and parents would be put I an awkward position if their child asked why two men and two women were dancing together.
When I was watching Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals Dianne Buswell an Australian Latin American and Ballroom professional explained that in a dance school there were loads girls and only two boys! So the girls would have to pair up. When I went to a dancing competition in Camber Sands hosted by former head judge of Strictly Come Dancing Len Goodman. His view on the Strictly Come Dancing same sex partnership series was that there would be a viewer backlash. I knew what Dianne Buswell was talking about. A girl at the dancing competition in Camber sands a man showed that she was the male part of the partnership.
In my opinion I don’t understand why Strictly Come Dancing’s format has to change as there’s the same amount of male and female professional. As the new format would look weird. But I don’t think they don’t want to be seen as stereotypical that only a man and a woman can dance together. This new format is unacceptable for a family show.
Also not forgetting in the 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing they ruined the Strictly Come Dancing’s spin off it takes two by giving Zoe Ball a former Strictly Come Dancing contestant in series 3 which aired in 2006. By having Rylan Clark-Neale as her co-presenter. I believe that Zoe Ball doesn’t need a co-presenter as she’s great on her own and has hosted Strictly Come Dancing’s spin off it takes two since 2012 when Claudia Winkleman began co-presenting with Tess Daly on the main show. If you really need a co-presenter choose somebody like Dr Ranj as like zoe has been a former contestant and hosts kids shows on Cbeebies.
After watching an episode of Rylan hosting I’m sorry to say that his presenting skills didn’t suit the show. He should stick to presenting Morning and Big Brother’s Bit on the side.
As I have watched Strictly Come Dancing since it first aired in 2004 and have been put off ever since Rylan co-hosted Strictly Come Dancing’s spin off it takes two. As unlike Zoe he wasn’t a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing and hassn’t got a clue what he’s talking about as well as this he copies Zoe’s style! I know why they have done this this due to same sex partnership series and made Rylan a co presenter as Zoe has a busy schedule which is rubbish to me.
I just hope in this years’ series that they don’t replace Claudia or Tess with Rylan.
But I do believe the ratings will plummet due to the new format they’ve decided on. Oh well it’s their own funeral.

 


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