BBC won't allow Dr Ranj Singh to dance with a male partner on Strictly
By Barfi Culture Team
23rd August 2018

The BBC is too worried about viewer backlash to allow same-sex dancing couples on Strictly Come Dancing.

The issue has come up again this year with the introduction of TV doctor Dr Ranj Singh (pictured, left), who joined just a few weeks ago.

Singh told the Daily Mirror last week: "I would love to dance with a same-sex partner. I would value a time when same-sex couples could dance on shows like Strictly. It is incredibly important. We are making progress but there is still time to go."

But when journalists asked the BBC about the possibility, they were told it wouldn't happen.

A spokesperson for the BBC told the Independent he would not be allowed to dance with a man. There was no plans by the BBC to allow same-sex dancing couples on Strictly.

Dr Ranj Singh is a presenter on ITV and an NHS doctor, focusing on health and well-being of young people. He became a regular fixture on TV after co-presenting shows such as ITV’s Save Money: Good Health and CBeebies’ Get Well Soon.

Strictly contestants have so far always been paired up with a professional dancer of the opposite sex.

Head judge Shirley Ballas, when asked about Dr Singh's hope, told the programme Loose Women that change would come in "good time".

She added: "We have same sex competitions in my industry. ...It's two human beings that are moving to music at the end of the day, you're judging the talent"

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