STRICTLY Come Dancing bosses are considering placing TWO same-sex couples in the 2021 line-up, The Sun can reveal.
It comes after the BBC show's first female pairing Katya Jones and Nicola Adams went down a storm with viewers last year.
"Bosses are still looking at all the options but given the positive feedback from last year, they're seriously considering having two same-sex couples, one male and one female," our TV insider said.
"The show has to move forward and viewers loved last year's series."
The BBC had no comment when contacted by The Sun.
Pro dancer Katya, 30, and boxing champ Nicola, 38, sparked complaints from a small number of viewers when they danced together in the Strictly final.
However last month the BBC said the complaints about alleged "blatant projection of homosexuality" had been rejected and "not upheld".
Judge Craig Revel Horwood, 55, called the complaints ridiculous at the time, adding of the pairing: "It’s about time and I think it’s absolutely brilliant, I really do."
The BBC also responded by saying they were "proud" of its same-sex performances, adding: "The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a pairing should have no bearing on their routine."
Strictly's first ever same-sex dance between Johannes Radebe, 34, and Graziano Di Prima, 26, during the 2019 series registered a total of 300 complaints, which were not upheld by the BBC.
Bosses are keen on a wide range of celebs across different sectors and of varying ages signing up this year so the show can appeal to different fanbases — and maintain its position as the most-watched entertainment show on the box.
Loose Women favourite Stacey Solomon is being eyed up and so is Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford, Gogglebox star Tom Malone, and even chief medical officer Chris Whitty.
Bookers also have their pick of household names this year, particularly those from the music and acting industries who have been unable to work for most of the past year because of the virus restrictions.
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