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Tensions rise as Strictly enters the serious phase of the dance floor competition

By: stagedoorscribbler - December 3, 2018

Rev Richard Coles - former Strictly contestant.

The nation seems to be getting a little heated about Strictly Come Dancing as the hit BBC show enters its serious phase with some nail-biting competition between the dancers and some decidedly catty comments from the fans.

The best moves in the dance floor are coming from the two of the ‘pop stars’ taking part this year - former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and Steps singer Faye Tozer. Both have received lavish praise from the judges but the public seem incensed that they come backgrounds where they have had dance training.

Ashley in particular seems to be in the firing line and has twice had to defend her position after the public vote pushed her into the dance off. Where will it end. My money is on reporter Stacey Dooley and professional partner Kevin Clifton. Watch this space.

Perhaps anxious to change the subject I was intrigued to hear chief judge Shirley Ballas in the radio the other day saying that she would welcome Strictly contestants who were same-sex couples. As she pointed out the competition is not actually  about men dancing with women but about two people interpreting dance.

Interestingly this view is at odds with the position arrived at by regular Clive Conway Production’s speaker Rev Richard Coles who appeared in Strictly last year.

Richard who is gay told the Daily Telegraph earlier this year: ”I used to think the BBC should include same sex couples on Strictly but now I’ve done it I can see why it might choose not to.

“There’s a complementarity when men and women dance together which is different when the couples are same sex.

"Different is fine, and I have no objection to it, and would happily dance my legs off with everyone from AJ to Anton, but I get the aesthetic argument.”

I suspect it’s only a matter of time before Strictly introduces its first same-sex couple. It would add an intriguing dynamic to the action on the dance floor.