Strictly Come Dancing: Alan Carr drops big hint he’s signed up for same-sex partnership

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Earlier this week it was reported, Strictly Come Dancing is looking to introduce a same-sex male pairing. As rumours circulate about who this could involve, comedian Alan Carr dropped his name in the ring when he dropped a hint he will be on this year’s line-up. If the speculation is correct, it would come after boxer Nicola Adams danced with Katya Jones in 2020.

Although the comedian has previously turned the BBC show down, Alan has now hinted he could be signing up for the 2021 series.

Alan has been linked to the BBC ballroom show on a number of occasions in the past, and the latest reports suggest he has been approached to take part in the show as the first-ever all-male couple.

Speaking on his podcast Life’s A Beach, Alan said he needed to lose weight with guest David Walliams suggesting they do Strictly.

Alan replied: “What, same-sex? One of us has to be a dancer.”

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He went on to say how he goes to Buenos Aires and when he comes home, always wants to learn how to Tango.

“I’m going to learn how to Tango because this is so sexy. But then you pull into Hounslow in Heathrow and think, ‘Maybe I won’t bother,'” Alan laughed. 

“I wanted to be sexy but know I will be the Ann Widdecombe — the one dragged around the floor dressed as a matador.”

Strictly has already featured an all-male pairing in the show but this was for a professional routine featuring Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima.

Johannes said he never felt “so liberated”, telling HELLO!: “For the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am. That says so much about the people of this country.”

Unfortunately the routine raked in over 200 complaints from BBC viewers who criticised the same-sex dance. 

The BBC hit back, stating: “Proud to have featured same-sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in the previous series.”

“Those 200 people, you will see that in the future they will change their minds,” Graziano added.

Alan isn’t the only star rumoured to be part of the first male same-sex pairing as Olympic diver Tom Daley is said to have been approached by the BBC.

Meanwhile, head judge Shirley Ballas insisted the line-up is the “best yet” during an appearance on Loose Women. 

She said: “We’re hoping that there will be an audience, there will be no Blackpool due to the fact that backstage there are not enough changing facilities with good social distancing. 

“But we will still have everything at Elstree and I’m sure she’s (Sarah James) got lots of other little delights up her sleeve!”

She added: “Well there’s all sorts, the rumour mill is going! All I can tell you is to put your crash hat on and wait for an exciting show. You are going to be mesmerised!”

Fans won’t have too much longer to wait for the confirmed line-up, as it is usually announced before the series starts in September. 

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