Kevin Clifton has added his view to the debate on whether Strictly Come Dancing should introduce same-sex couples.
The 35-year-old revealed that he would be in favour of the change when a fan asked during a Twitter Q&A session on Monday: “As a gay man who loves the show (and thinks you are brilliant), I’m curious where do you stand on same sex dance partners? Would you be open to dancing with a guy if the show put that to you?”
Kevin then responded to the query: “Just to be clear im not involved in any of these decisions. But if that’s what they wanted then i’d have no problem with it.”
The dancer is the latest star of the show to give his opinion on the topic after many fans called for Strictly to allow same-sex pairings.
Previously judge Craig Revel-Horwood backed the idea, having explained during an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine last September: “I hope so, I really hope so.
“In the world of competition there are same-sex couples that do it as well so there is no reason why that can’t happen.
“It’s just I guess the Beeb have to decide whether they want to do that one year and I think it’ll probably happen next year.”
Fellow panel member Shirley Ballas has also said that she’s in favour of same-sex couples.
“I think it’s spectacular. I think things are changing. I couldn’t think of anything more exciting. I’m for it,” she told Good Morning Britain earlier this year.
However, the BBC have said that they currently have ‘no plans’ to change the format of the show.
Meanwhile Kevin has been giving his opinion on the 2018 line-up announcements so far and defended the signing of YouTube star Joe Sugg after some fans suggested he’s not well known enough.
“The reason i think @Joe_Sugg is such a great signing for @bbcstrictly is he has a HUGE young following (over 8million youtube subscribers) that because of him may watch Strictly and become dance fans,” Kevin tweeted yesterday. “So much potential for inspiring kids to dance here”
Joining Joe for this year’s show are campaigner Katie Piper, Steps star Faye Tozer, actor Danny John-Jules and DJ Vick Hope, with more announcements due in the coming days.