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BBC defends Strictly after it’s hit with complaints over Nicola Adams’ same sex dance pairing before show even starts

THE BBC has issued a statement defending Strictly Come Dancing after viewers complained about Nicola Adams being paired with another woman.

The Beeb revealed they’d received a flood of complaints after Olympic boxer Nicola, 37, made history by entering Strictly’s first ever same-sex pairing.

The show is due to kick off on October 24th, but objections have poured in after Nicola confirmed she’ll be dancing with a girl – and the Corporation has now issued a staunch reply.

They said in a statement: “The sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.”

Strictly first showed members of the same sex dancing together last year, but Nicola will be the first contestant to do so.

In their statement, released today, the BBC said the Olympic champ had asked to be coupled up with a woman in the 2020 series.

The statement said: “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.

“We have stated, in the past, that we are open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers, should the opportunity arise.

“Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate. The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.”

Olympic champ Nicola is a boxer who won the top prize at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in her flyweight division.

The hugely popular 37-year-old is from Leeds and is famous for having a Yorkshire accent as broad as her smile.

Nicola was the first openly LGBT person to win a boxing gold at the 2012 Games and will make history again in 2020 on Strictly.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, she said: “I think it’s really important – it’s a big step for the show. It’s nice to see that we’re able to move on.”

Nicola added she insisted on dancing with a girl when she got the call from the dance hit’s producers.

She explained: “I asked the show about it. They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it, but I want to dance with another female dance partner.'”

The star, who is in a relationship with Ella Baig, is yet to reveal which female professional dancer she’ll take to the dance floor with next month.

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