Marcus Collins: Strictly will have same-sex dance couples eventually

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Singer Marcus Collins has said it is only “a matter of time” before a same-sex dance partnership is allowed on Strictly Come Dancing.

The former X Factor star is dating Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor. The series has never had a same-sex couple compete together.

The British Dance Council recently announced a proposal that would define a dance partnership as having to consist of a “man” and a “lady” in all competitions, unless otherwise stated.

Collins told Digital Spy: “Dancing’s an expression. It’s expressing yourself and having the freedom to do that. Nobody should be there ticking boxes, saying yes [or] no and whether it should be allowed.

“These people are not even embarrassed to stand up and say, ‘I don’t like two men dancing together, I don’t like two women dancing together’.

“It’s charming. It doesn’t have to be a deviant, sexual, horrible thing, and I don’t know why people are blowing it out of proportion.

“I understand that in the public’s perception those dances are supposed to be a man and a woman, [but] it’s only a matter of time before enough people speak up and it’s gonna be changed. History speaks for itself.”

On his own chances of appearing on the show, he said: “It wouldn’t happen, as I’m from the rival show [The X Factor], so I would never, ever get booked.”

Last year, Gok Wan said he would only appear on the reality show if he was allowed to dance with a man.