17/12/2015 09:07 GMT | Updated 17/12/2015 09:59 GMT

'Strictly Come Dancing' Professional Dancer Gleb Savchenko Calls For Same Sex Couples: 'The Show Should Embrace Diversity'

Strictly Come Dancing’ professional Gleb Savchenko has backed calls for the show to feature same-sex couples.


The BBC ballroom show is under increasing pressure to become more diverse, and Gleb has now said he loves the idea of dancing with a man.

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Gleb Savchenko

“I think this would be great idea,” the Russian dancer told GuysULike.

“I believe the show should embrace diversity. Dance is for everyone.”

He added: “If it happened, I would look forward to do some very exciting and very different choreography!”

Gleb’s comments are in stark contrast to those of former professional James Jordan, who previously branded the idea “wrong”.

“I think they would lose so many viewers,” he told The Sun earlier this year.

“I have nothing against same-sex couples, if they want to go and do their own competitions.

“But ballroom and Latin dancing is about a man dancing with a woman – that’s fact.”

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James Jordan

He was added that he was annoyed by judge Craig Revel Horwood “pushing” the idea “because he’s gay”, after he said ‘Strictly’ should be encouraging the change.

“It’ll be either this year or next year, but most certainly, it will happen. They did it already in Hungary or somewhere,” Craig told OK! magazine.

“We should encourage that sort of thing, absolutely. There are competitions throughout the world that have same sex couples, you just have to decide who goes backwards darling!”

The final of the current series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ airs this weekend, with Jay McGuiness, Kellie Bright, Katie Derham and Georgia May Foote all battling it out to win the Glitterball trophy.

Find out who wins on Saturday (19 December) from 6.50pm on BBC One.


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