Nicola Adams has been booked for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing and will be making show history as part of its first ever same-sex female pairing.
The boxer, who has been praised as an LGBT role model, had initially been tipped to make an appearance on this year’s competition and her place was confirmed on today’s BBC Breakfast.
‘I have told probably three people, so not that many people knew I was going to be in this,’ Nicola revealed. ‘I was keeping it a secret.
‘It’s really important. It’s a big step for the show and it’s nice to see that we are able to move on. I just can’t wait to get some dancing done.’
Asked whether she approached the show about being part of a same-sex pairing, she said: ‘I asked the show about it.
‘They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show but I said “Yeah, I will do it but I want to dance with another female dance partner.”
‘I know it’s going to be tough, I know the training is going to be hard and I can’t dance at all so this is going to be a totally new challenge for me.’
In a statement, Nicola enthused: ‘I 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 is the sixth celebrity to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing.
BBC’s Clara Amfo was named as the fifth on today’s BBC Breakfast, while Ranvir Singh was announced on Good Morning Britain.
Strictly Come Dancing is set to air on BBC One later this year.
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