Strictly's Kristina Rihanoff would like to return in same-sex couple with Nicole Scherzinger

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Kristina Rihanoff attends the Together For Short Livessss 'Nutcracker Ball' at One Marylebone on November 20, 2018 in London, England. Money raised during the event hosted by patron Simon Cowell and partner Disney UK will go towards creating moments that matter for seriously ill children. The Nutcracker Ball is to be held in aid of families facing the heartbreak of knowing their child will die young. It will raise vital funds to support families caring for seriously ill children, and to receive the care and support they need to make the most of every moment together.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Together For Short Livessss)
Kristina Rihanoff would like to return to 'Strictly' dancing with a woman. (Getty Images)

Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff has said she would love to return to the show – dancing as part of a same-sex couple.

The 42-year-old professional dancer has not competed on the BBC show since 2015 but has said her dream celebrity partner to return with would be The Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.

Rihanoff told The Sun: “'I would come back for that. To be involved in that would be very special. It's way overdue. The pros have been saying this for a long time.

CORRECTS DATELINE TO PASADENA, CALIF., INSTEAD OF LOS ANGELES - Nicole Scherzinger attends the FOX All Star party at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Nicole Scherzinger in Rihanoff's dream dance partner. (AP)

“I teach men, women and gay couples all the time for things like weddings. I don't see anything different in it, it would be great.”

Asked who she would like to dance with she said: “It would be Nicole Scherzinger. She's an incredible dancer and musician, so she'd be amazing feeling the music. She's very good-looking too.”

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There have long been calls for Strictly Come Dancing to feature a same-sex couple.

During last year’s series, male dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima performed the programme’s first individual same sex routine.

But the pressure has been ramped up for a competing same-sex couple after ITV’s Dancing On Ice paired Steps singer Ian “H” Watkins with professional skater Matt Evers this year.

Kristina Rihanoff is in a relationship with Ben Cohen after meeting him on 'Strictly' (Getty Images)
Kristina Rihanoff is in a relationship with Ben Cohen after meeting him on 'Strictly' (Getty Images)

Reality TV judge Robert Rinder - who competed on Strictly in 2016 - has revealed he’s been invited to perform with a man in the 2020 Christmas special.

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Rihanoff last competed in the show in 2015 paired with singer Daniel O’Donnell, and eliminated in week four.

Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff arriving at the Dictator UK film premiere held at the Royal Festival Hall, London.   (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff dated after they were paired on the show. (Getty Images)

She is currently in a relationship with rugby player Ben Cohen - her dance partner on the show in 2013 - and they share a three-year-old daughter, Mila.

Rihanoff also dated boxer Joe Calzaghe for four years after they were paired on the show in 2009.

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