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30/01/2019 12:06 GMT | Updated 30/01/2019 12:14 GMT

Courtney Act Helps Australian Strictly Come Dancing Break Down Gender Barriers As She Joins Show

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RuPaul’s Drag Race star Courtney Act is helping break down gender barriers on the Australian version of Strictly Come Dancing, which she’s set to compete in with a male professional partner.

The drag artist – real name Shane Janek – was revealed as a contestant on the upcoming series of Dancing With The Stars on Wednesday. 

Courtney announced the news on Instagram, posting a picture of herself with her new dance partner Joshua Keefe. 

Revealing she will be performing as her drag alter-ego, she wrote: “Imma be twinkling round the floor on Dancing With The Stars in Australia!!! Can’t wait to do all the sexy dances and wear all the pretty dresses.” 

She also referenced her infamous fall on the way into the Celebrity Big Brother house last year, adding: “Hopefully no wardrobe malfunctions this time.”

The Australian version of the show is the latest around the world to embrace same-sex partnerships, as conversation continues on the issue here in the UK. 

So far, Strictly bosses have decided to stick with what they have repeatedly called the “traditional ballroom format” of male and female pairs. 

This is despite many Strictly stars – including judge Craig Revel Horwood and professional dancer Ajlaz Skorjanec – calling for the show to embrace the change and feature same-sex pairs. 

Courtney will be joined on Dancing With The Stars by the half-sister of former Neighbours star Holly Valance, Olympia.  

Olympia previously followed in her sibling’s footsteps by starring on the Aussie soap, playing Paige Smith from 2014 to 2018.

It has been a busy year for Courtney, as fresh from winning the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother last year, she toured the country with her own show, before hosting E! series The Bi Life and landing her own Channel 4 festive special. 

She was also recently confirmed as one of the performers hoping to represent Australia at Eurovision this year with her original song Fight For Love.  

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