Strictly Come Dancing's same-sex dance sparks almost 200 complaints

Strictly Come Dancing’s same-sex dance between Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima sparks almost 200 complaints to the BBC

It was an incredible moment for Strictly Come Dancing, which saw it embrace and celebrate its LGBTQ+ audience.

But it seems that the show’s first same-sex couple dance, which saw professionals Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima perform together, garnered almost 200 complaints to the BBC, it was revealed on Thursday.

According to the channel, the most complaints they received this month was about their dance, as 189 viewers protested to the routine. 

Unhappy: Strictly Come Dancing’s same-sex dance between Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima has sparked almost 200 complaints to the BBC, it was revealed on Thursday

In a statement responding to the complaints, the BBC said: ‘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.’

Following the dance, Johannes admitted he felt ‘liberated’ and honoured to perform with his best friend in the show’s first all-male routine as he told Hello! Magazine that it made him feel truly ‘accepted’.

Supportive: In a statement response, the BBC said: ‘Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have been able to facilitate the dance between Johannes and Graziano’

Of the groundbreaking routine, he said: ‘I’ve never felt so liberated. For the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am.

‘That says so much about the people of this country. To be able to dance with a friend I respect and adore is joyous.

‘There’s bromance galore between us, but there were no male and female roles, just free movement. It was beautiful, classy and elegant.’

Delighted: Following the dance, Johannes admitted he felt ‘liberated’ and honoured to perform with his best friend in the show’s first all-male routine

The professional dancers left fans of the show in awe as they gracefully danced together alongside Aljaž Škorjanec, 29, Lyuba Mushtuk, 29, while Emeli Sande, 32, belted out her latest single.

The BBC One competition has regularly faced calls to introduce same-sex dance pairings for several years now. 

While there are still yet to be any on the competitive side of the show, we have seen some from the professional dancers.

In 2018 Pasha Kovalev, 39, and AJ Pritchard, 24, made history as they danced together during a group routine. 

More to come? The BBC One competition has regularly faced calls to introduce same-sex dance pairings for several years now, and it has been claimed the show is open to doing so

 

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