Anton Du Beke has become the latest star to wade into the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ same-sex couples row, giving his verdict on whether competing celebrities should be allowed to be paired with someone of the same gender.
The discussion has been ongoing during the current series, and the likes of Susan Calman, Judge Rinder and Will Young have all had their say on the matter.
Now, veteran pro dancer Anton has shared his thoughts, expressing concern over how same-sex couples would affect the judging.
The Sun reports that he “declined” to answer whether he would dance with a man if the BBC asked him to, telling the paper: “My only problem with it is, if you’re dancing same sex couples against opposing sex couples, it’s difficult to match apples and pears.
The debate hit headlines earlier this year, when Susan Calman was forced to speak out on her decision to dance with man, rather than a woman.
Susan, who is married to a woman, expressed her frustration at having to defend her choice, stating: “I think what annoyed me slightly is that I seem to be getting it in the neck.”
For 2017, Anton has been partnered with ‘Loose Women’ anchor Ruth Langsford and for Halloween week the pair will be dancing a ‘Bewitched’-themed routine.
See what their fellow ‘Strictly’ couples will be shimmying along to to here.