Strictly: Anton du Beke would be 'happy' to be paired with male dancer

Strictly’s Anton du Beke says he would be ‘very happy’ to be paired with a male dance partner… after Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima’s same-sex routine sparked 200 complaints

Anton du Beke has revealed that he would have no problem if he was to be paired with a male dance partner on Strictly Come Dancing after Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima’s same-sex routine sparked 200 complaints.     

The professional, 53, added that he would have been ‘very happy to dance with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire’ if he’d had the chance as it is ‘just dancing’.  

Speaking to the Mirror he recalled already dancing with former Strictly pro Vincent Simone, as well as the late Bruce Forsyth, during his professional dancing career.

‘Very happy to’: Anton du Beke has revealed that he would have no problem if he was to be paired with a male dance partner on Strictly Come Dancing after Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima’s same-sex routine sparked 200 complaints

‘It’s just dancing, isn’t it? Fred Astaire danced with Gene Kelly. I’d have been very happy to dance with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire, I don’t mind,’ he told the publication. 

‘This isn’t going to be new for me – I’ve already done it.’ 

Earlier this month, 189 viewers complained to the BBC after Strictly professionals Johannes Radebe, 32, and Graziano Di Prima, 25, danced together. 

‘Stuff like Johannes dancing with Graziano – it’s not such a big deal. As a dancer it isn’t even a thing. It’s quite normal because it’s dance and that’s what dance is. It’s creative,’ Anton added.  

Same-sex: Earlier this month 189 viewers complained to the BBC after Strictly professionals Johannes Radebe, 32, and Graziano Di Prima, 25, danced together (pictured) 

According to the BBC, the most complaints they received this month was about their dance on November 3.

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’. 

Complaints: According to the BBC, the most complaints they received this month was about their dance on November 3 (pictured with Luba Mushtuk and Aljaž Škorjanec) 

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, Luba Mushtuk, 29, while Emeli Sandé, 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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