PUBLISHED: 17:49, Sun, Oct 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:49, Sun, Oct 18, 2020
Politician Ann Widdecombe, 73, who starred on Strictly Come Dancing 10 years ago with professional dancer Anton Du Beke, 54, has said families watching the BBC competition this year won't be interested in the first same-sex pairing on the programme. It comes as boxer Nicola Adams, 37, told her fans she and Katya Jones, 31, will be "breaking boundaries" on the dancefloor.
I don’t think it is what viewers of Strictly, especially families, are looking for.
This year's Strictly Come Dancing couples were announced on TV for the first time last night, including Nicola, who will be partnered up with Russian dancer Katya, as part of the first same-sex couple on the show in Strictly history.
While Strictly fans have shown how thrilled they are over the pairing, Ann has seemingly taken another point of view.
Ann and Anton were the ninth couple to leave the dancing competition back in 2010.
She divulged: "I don’t think it is what viewers of Strictly, especially families, are looking for.
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Ann Widdecombe gives her thoughts on same-sex couple Nicola Adams and Katya Jones (Image: GETTY/ NICOLA ADAMS INSTAGRAM)
Ann Widdecombe partnered up with Anton Du Beke on Strictly in 2010 (Image: Getty)
“But that’s up to the audience and the programme," she added to the Sunday Times.
Since Ann has expressed her thoughts on the matter, viewers have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions further.
One said: "Actually it’s *exactly* what my family were looking for. We loved them."
Another added: "Why does your dance partner’s gender need to be linked to your sexuality anyway?"