September 17, 2020

BBC defends Strictly after it’s hit with complaints about Nicola Adams’ same-sex dance pairing

BBC defends Strictly after it’s hit with complaints over Nicola Adams’ same-sex dance pairing

BBC has issued a statement defending Strictly Come Dancing after viewers complained about Nicola Adams being paired with another woman.

The Beeb revealed they’d received a flood of complaints after Olympic boxer Nicola, 37, made history by entering Strictly’s first-ever same-sex pairing.

The show is due to kick off on October 24, but objections have poured in after Nicola Adams confirmed she’ll be dancing with a girl and the Corporation has now issued a staunch reply.

BBC has defended Come Dancing after complaints over Nicola Adams' same-sex dance pairing flooded in.
BBC has defended Come Dancing after complaints about Nicola Adams’ same-sex dance pairing flooded in. Credit: PA

They said in a statement: The sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.

Strictly first showed members of the same-sex dancing together last year, but Nicola Adams will be the first contestant to do so.

In their statement, released Thursday, the BBC said the Olympic champion had asked to be “coupled up with a woman” in the 2020 series.

The show said Strictly has been 'open to the prospect' of same sex couples in the past
The show said Strictly has been ‘open to the prospect’ of same sex couples in the past

The statement said: Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same-sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in the previous series.

We have stated, in the past, that we are open to the prospect of including same-sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers, should the opportunity arise.

Nicola requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate. The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.


The hugely popular 37-year-old is from Leeds and is famous for having a Yorkshire accent as broad as her smile.

Nicola Adams was the first openly LGBT person to win boxing gold at the 2012 Games and will make history again in 2020 on Strictly.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, she said: I think it’s really important, it’s a big step for the show. It’s nice to see that we’re able to move on.

She explained: I asked the show about it. They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show and I said, Yeah, I’ll do it, but I want to dance with another female partner.

The star, who is in a relationship with Ella Baig, is yet to reveal which female professional dancer she’ll take to the dance floor with next month.

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