Strictly Come Dancing is reportedly set to characteristic its very first same-sex male pairing within the upcoming collection.
Tom Daley and Alan Carr are among the many well-known faces who’ve been approached to make up the pairing, in accordance with The Sun.
And the publication additionally claims whichever celeb has been signed up will probably be partnered with Graziano Di Prima, after the dancer, 27, impressed bosses together with his highly effective efficiency with co-star Johannes Radebe, 34.
Historic: Strictly is reportedly set to characteristic its first ever all-male pairing after signing a celeb for the brand new collection, who it’s believed will associate Graziano Di Prima (pictured)
A supply instructed the paper: ‘The bosses are thrilled Strictly will be capable of present its first all-male couple this yr.
‘And so they have their sights firmly on Graziano. There is no such thing as a motive why a homosexual celeb ought to routinely be paired with a homosexual dancer.’
The Italian star, who’s engaged to dancer Giada Lini, and Johannes grew to become the primary professionals on the present to carry out a same-sex couple dance again in 2019.
Set for the ballroom? Tom Daley (left) and Alan Carr (proper) are among the many well-known faces who’ve been approached for the brand new collection, it has been claimed
The couple acquired rave evaluations after they danced collectively throughout Emile Sande’s efficiency.
However within the days that adopted, the routine led to almost 300 complaints nonetheless a report for the BBC later revealed the complaints would not be upheld.
Beforehand talking in regards to the backlash, Graziano instructed Attitude Magazine: ‘We weren’t apprehensive about it, OK, there have been 200 complaints, however there have been thousands and thousands of individuals writing to us, sending us movies saying thanks and celebrating our friendship.’
Historical past makers: The transfer follows the success of the final collection, which noticed boxer Nicola Adams and Katya Jones group up within the first-ever all-female pairing
Lasting impression: Graziano, who’s engaged to dancer Giada Lini, and Johannes grew to become the primary professionals on the present to carry out a same-sex couple dance again in 2019
Tom Daley, who is likely one of the names rumoured to have been signed up for the present, spoke earlier this yr and admitted that he ‘would possibly’ve come out as homosexual earlier’ had he not lived his life within the public eye.
In April 2014 the Olympic diver, 26, confirmed his sexuality in an emotional YouTube video to followers, launched 4 months after he initially got here out as bisexual.
And this yr, Tom – who shares son Robert Ray with husband Dustin Lance Black, 46 – instructed Angle Journal his life in media highlight prevented him popping out sooner.
The diver posed shirtless with fellow diver Matty Lee, 23, for a brand new cowl shoot as he received candid about turning into well-known at a younger age, after successful his first World Championships Win, aged simply 15, in 2009.
Requested if he regrets having a lot of his life within the public eye, Tom insisted: ‘I do not suppose I might ever remorse it. It’s what it’s. I share what I might wish to share, and that is all of what is on my social media and issues like that.
Candid: Earlier this yr, Tom – who shares son Robert Ray with husband Dustin Lance Black, 46 – instructed Angle Journal his life in media highlight prevented him popping out sooner (Pictured: Tom with Dustin in 2019)
‘On the finish of the day, I’ve lived with it from such a younger age, I do not really feel any totally different for it, if that is smart? And I do not know any totally different…
‘I do not suppose I’d have completed something in a different way, really. I all the time suppose that I’d’ve come out earlier, however then there was additionally a time for me to experiment and really determine who I’m.
‘I did not wish to must undergo all of that within the public eye, so I feel doing it the best way I did was one of the simplest ways for me to do it.’
Alan has additionally beforehand spoken about his sexuality, beforehand showing on Radio 4’s Entrance Row final yr.
Sincere: Alan has additionally beforehand spoken about his sexuality, beforehand showing on Radio 4’s Entrance Row final yr
Throughout his look, Alan stated he is not ‘completely comfy’ about being homosexual.
He added: ‘I imply, I bear in mind once I got here out it was actually laborious and awkward and uncomfortable. My dad was, and nonetheless is, is concerned in soccer.
‘He is a soccer supervisor, this tough-talking Geordie, there is not any homosexuality ever within the household tree after which I got here alongside.’
MailOnline has approached representatives of Strictly Come Dancing, Alan Carr and Tom Daley for remark.
The transfer follows the success of the final collection, which noticed boxer Nicola Adams and Katya Jones group up within the first-ever all-female pairing.
Robust: Throughout his look, Alan stated he is not ‘completely comfy’ about being homosexual. He added: ‘I imply, I bear in mind once I got here out it was actually laborious and awkward and uncomfortable’
It comes after it was revealed issues will probably be again to regular within the 2021 collection following disruptions resulting from Covid within the final series- other than one or two elements nonetheless deemed too tough to navigate amid the worldwide well being disaster.
Present boss Sarah James has instructed The Mirror: ‘We’re so thrilled that Strictly will probably be returning for a full-length collection this yr, and understand how a lot viewers are wanting ahead to getting their full Strictly repair and seeing the return of much-loved specials.
‘We’re all so unhappy that we can’t be capable of get to Blackpool this yr however cannot wait to be again dancing on the one and solely Blackpool Tower Ballroom sooner or later.’
The Blackpool episode ordinarily takes place close to the top of the collection, however was axed final yr with restrictions throwing up logistical difficulties on the manufacturing.
‘The total repair!’ Strictly will deliver again ALL themed weeks, a stay viewers and the standard 15 celeb contestants [pictured Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher during Halloween Week 2019]
However 2021 will embrace the present’s themed weeks – akin to film week, musicals week and Halloween week.
Final yr, these had been scrapped, proving too difficult to handle amid the pandemic.
The present’s Christmas particular may even be again, with the present set to start out in its standard early-autumn time slot, reasonably than in October, like final yr.
It is stated reasonably than a fewer variety of celebs, the total 15 will probably be collaborating once more, having reduce this to 12 final collection.
Nonetheless a no-go: Blackpool has been axed AGAIN because of the ongoing pandemic
There are additionally plans to reinstate the stay viewers too – one other side disallowed final season.
Isolation will stay in place for the skilled dancers. This can see them despatched to a lodge close to the Strictly studios in Hertfordshire a number of weeks forward of the present’s return.
The celebs – who will begin to be step by step revealed on the finish of the summer season – may even not have the standard three-week hole between being paired up with their execs and dancing for the primary time on stay TV.
This has been diminished to at least one week due to logistical elements.
Present boss Sarah stated: ‘We’re all so unhappy that we can’t be capable of get to Blackpool this yr however cannot wait to be again dancing on the one and solely Blackpool Tower Ballroom sooner or later’