The BBC dance competition Strictly Come Dancing has come under fire in the past for its rule that competitors must stick to a "'traditional male-female pairing format." Some judges on the show have spoken out in favor of same-sex pairing, which are becoming ever-more common in the professional dance world, but producers have yet to budge.
The show has offered one small concession to the idea of same-sex coupling, however, in the form of a one-off professional dance performance during the show last week. The routine was a huge success!
🔥 Our #Strictly Pros are pure fire 🔥 https://t.co/qlHoaat45L— BBC Strictly✨ (@BBC Strictly✨)1538331531.0
The dance drew raucous applause from the audience—a reaction that was mimicked soon after on social media:
@bbcstrictly All the same sex coupling made me so happy ❤️— Holly Webster :) (@Holly Webster :))1538331618.0
The routine's choreography was inspired by Cabaret and featured music by Imagine Dragons.
@bbcstrictly Loved loved loved the same sex dancing! Please bring this to the show in 2019! ❤️— reeni bobs (@reeni bobs)1538331728.0
@bbcstrictly That was AMAZING oh my god. What a way to start the show 👏🏻😍😍😍❤️💃🏼— Jenny 🍁 (@Jenny 🍁)1538331636.0
@bbcstrictly That was an epic opening and so great to see same sex dancing. It was sexy as hell.— Kevin (@Kevin)1538332852.0
The same-sex pairs absolutely killed it!
@bbcstrictly It was AMAZING! AJ and Gorka should dance together permanently lol, SO GOOD! And great to see a bit of… https://t.co/jJQhsgQuEj— Siobhan #SaveTimeless 🇬🇬 (@Siobhan #SaveTimeless 🇬🇬)1538333094.0
@bbcstrictly @JamesDelamare This was pure magic! Men dancing with men, woman dancing with woman! Stunning!— BenR (@BenR)1538332069.0
Of course, some people weren't happy with the routine.
@bbcstrictly I must be in the minority but same sex dancing doesn’t appeal to me.— Lynda Dunning (@Lynda Dunning)1538337401.0
@bbcstrictly Did NOT like #SameSex groupdance, don't care what ppl do private, but do Not want to see it on… https://t.co/VaHceKwgue— Bianca (@Bianca)1538336529.0
But people's overwhelming excitement and support quickly buried the naysayers!
@SenoritaPoopRat @bbcstrictly Hoping they keep it up and play on it in future routines!— Holly Webster :) (@Holly Webster :))1538331931.0
@bbcstrictly I would like much much more of Kevin and Neil dancing together please. Much much much much much much more.— Clare McCluskey Dean (@Clare McCluskey Dean)1538332064.0
@bbcstrictly The Tango was originally danced between two men, so I find the ‘disgusted’ comments from Gammons on here hilarious!— Jason Mudge (@Jason Mudge)1538340651.0
@bbcstrictly It was a Modern, Progressive dance Didn't pay any attention to gender Didn't occur to me at all. Too… https://t.co/u6CpRWUbHu— Dora (@Dora)1538353147.0
@bbcstrictly Did anyone else not even realise it was same sex couples! Don’t know what the fuss is about it was ju… https://t.co/BEjjM4LeJ9— Karen McQueen (@Karen McQueen)1538382944.0
@bbcstrictly @BBCOne My 81 year old mother-in-law who has dementia loved this dance 💃she kept talking about it all… https://t.co/I0XtinqepE— srooney (@srooney)1538375769.0
Are you listening, Strictly Come Dancing? That's the sound of the future knocking.
@bbcstrictly Fantastic opening number tonight! Now come on - time for the celebs to be allowed a same-sex partner if they should want.— Andy Futter 🏳️🌈 (@Andy Futter 🏳️🌈)1538352009.0