She became the first female boxer to feature in the Olympics and now Nicola Adams is set for another first as part of Strictly Come Dancing’s first ever same-sex pairing.

There have long been calls from both within and outside the LGBTQ+ community for the BBC’s Saturday night stalwart to feature a same-sex couple, especially since the pairing of Steps’ Ian ‘H” Watkins and Matt Evers on ITV’s rival show Dancing on Ice.

Back in 2018, judge Craig Revel-Horwood told BBC News that “maybe the BBC will be brave enough one day to do it”.

“I think more and more people want it. I think it would be rather fun.”

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, the double gold medal winner said “I think it’s really important. “It’s definitely time for change.

“It’s definitely time to move on and be more diverse, and this is a brilliant step in the right direction.” Her dance partner has not yet been revealed.

Adams said she didn’t mind who she’s paired up with, but added: “I’d only be wanting somebody who’s maybe a little bit on the short side because I’m a little bit small.”

She continued “It will be nice for the LGBT community to be able to see there are same-sex couples on the show as well.”

Because of Covid, this year’s Strictly, the 18th series, will be shorter than usual with fewer contestants taking part and judge Bruno Tonioli not appearing until the final stages of the competition.

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