Strictly Come Dancings star Richie Anderson explains why she decided to take part in the show with a male partner.

Radio personality Richie Anderson revealed he was given a chance to choose between competing in a same-gender or opposite-gender dance competition before this season of Strictly.

He says he was encouraged to perform with a man by his girlfriend.

He told the Metro that they had given him the option over it.

“They asked if I wanted to be on Strictlys this season and they were like, ‘Do you want to be on with a female or male?”

Richie said he entered the contest because his girlfriend, Dean Eagles, encouraged him to do so.

“I told him I had to go because we were celebrating our 10-year anniversary and it was the 50th anniversary of pride in the UK.’

Richie Anderson has been announced as one of the three celebrities taking part in the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing. It will be his first time dancing since he was eliminated from the 2019 series.

Anderson was an ex-footballer who became famous for coming out as gay to his team mates during a documentary exploring homophobia within football.

He has now presented travel programmes for BBC Radio 2 and appeared on The One Show.

After the initial casting announcement, Anderson tweeted saying he had always wanted to be part of Strictly Come Dancing.

When asked about queer representation on the BBC’s popular dancing competition series Strictly Come Dancing, Anderson revealed he was “really happy” when he saw two gay contestants perform together for the first time.

Queer inclusion isn’t just a box-ticking activity; it’s a fundamental change in the narrative for everyone’s lives.

As an adult, I hope that I can inspire young people who are LGBT to see themselves represented on TV.

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