Anton du Beke open to dancing in same-sex pairing on 'Strictly': 'It doesn't mean anything'
Strictly Come Dancing stalwart Anton Du Beke has divulged he would be happy to dance with either a man or a woman on the BBC show.
His comments come after the BBC said earlier this year that while there were "no plans" for same-sex pairings on the show, they are "completely open" to the possibility.
"In regards to whether we will be asking for a same-sex partner, that's not for us to decide," the 53-year-old told Radio Times. “Regarding whether we have any comfort with the same sex thing, to us as professionals, it doesn’t mean anything. This is not a thing for us, because we just dance.
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“Some of my best dances have been with men. I once danced with a guy called Gary Agers from the Royal Ballet, he’s a beauty. We did a number in a show and my wife was in the audience. She still says to this day that it was one of the best numbers that I’ve ever done.”
It also comes after Dancing On Ice, which is set to start in January, will have its first same-sex couple as Steps member Ian ‘H’ Watkins has been partnered with professional skater Matt Evers.
This year saw male Strictly professionals Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Primo perform together in a routine that prompted complaints to Ofcom.
In its own response to the backlash, the BBC issued a statement that read: “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have been able to facilitate the dance between Johannes and Graziano during the Professionals’ dance. They are dancers first and foremost, and their sex had no bearing on their routine.”
Meanwhile, Du Beke has made it into the Strictly final for only the second time in his 17-year career on the programme.
He's currently partnered with EastEnders star Emma Barton, with the pair set to compete in tonight's final.
They face competition from TV presenter Karim Zeroual and his partner Amy Dowden as well as Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher and dancer Oti Mabuse.