Olympic gold medallist boxer Nicola revealed she was approached by the BBC to take part on Strictly Come Dancing and her one demand was to be part of a same-sex couple. Dan Walker and Louise Minchin confirmed the news on BBC Breakfast this morning. She will follow in the footsteps of fellow Olympians Greg Rutherford and Louis Smith.
Speaking about signing up, Nicola said of dancing with a female professional dancer: “It’s really important, it’s a big step for the show. I can’t wait to get some dancing down really.”
“Is that something you asked the show about?” Dan asked.
Nicola went on to explain she requested she have a same-sex partner and her only hope is they are the same height as her too.
The 37-year-old told the BBC: “I’m really excited to be joining this year’s incredible line-up for Strictly Come Dancing.
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Nicola Adams demanded to be part of Strictly Come Dancing’s first same-sex couple (Image: BBC • GETTY)
Nicola Adams said she is thrilled to be part of Strictly Come Dancing (Image: GETTY)
“I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts.
“People might know me from my work in the ring, but I’ll be every bit as passionate and dedicated on the dancefloor too.
“I also wanted to thank the BBC for supporting me and making me the first ever all female-pairing; and it’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry.”
Nicola became the first female amateur boxer to win an Olympic gold medal at London 2012 and double Olympic champion following her second gold medal win in Rio 2016 as well as being the first boxer in history to retain an Olympic title.