Strictly Come Dancing ‘hopes to sign RuPaul’s Drag Race star for 2021 series’

Strictly Come Dancing ‘hopes to sign RuPaul’s Drag Race star for 2021 series’

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Strictly Come Dancing is reportedly considering signing up Drag Race UK’s Baga Chipz and The Vivienne for the 2021 line-up.

Following their landmark move last year to introduce same-sex couples for the first time, it’s been claimed that the team are keen to up their LGBTQ+ representation.

As a result, the two Drag Race stars, who appeared in the first series of the BBC version of the worldwide phenomenon, are now on their list of potential appearances.

“Strictly producers always try to do things a little bit differently, so they want to introduce a drag artist to shake up perceptions even further,” a source told The Sun.

“It could mean that the drag artist in question performs dressed as a man or dressed as a woman – and that's before considering whether they're paired up with a male or female pro.

“There are endless possibilities, all of them exciting.”

OK! has contacted Strictly and Baga’s representatives for comment.

If they do sign up a queen to Strictly this year, they would be following in the footsteps of their Australian counterpart, Dancing With The Stars.

Courtney Act, a finalist on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the US, competed in the series with pro Joshua Keefe in 2019.

Across the course of the series, Courtney – real name Shane Jenek – started by presenting as their female alter-ego, before ending the run presenting as male.

The coupling made history as the first-ever same-sex couple to compete in the franchise, being praised by some for “easing” more apprehensive viewers into the concept of same-sex partnerships.

In the UK series, Olympian Nicola Adams made history in 2020 with the first same-sex partnership with Katya Jones.

However, they were forced to withdraw ahead of the fourth week of the show after Katya tested positive for coronavirus.

They were allowed to return for one more dance during the finale, performing their only romantic routine, a tango to Feelin’ Good by Muse.

During the same series, pros Johannes Radebe, Gorka Marquez, and Giovanni Pernice dressed up in drag as part of a grand celebration of hit music Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.

While the show has received backlash for “blatant projections of homosexuality”, the BBC dismissed the complaints.

It’s believed that the team would now like to continue their support of the LGBT community with further representation going forward.

The professional dancers are said to all be on board with taking on a same-sex partner.

While Nicola and Katya made history as the first same-sex competitors, the show had been slowly introducing the concept to fans over the previous two years.

In 2018, a routine to Imagine Dragons’ Believer saw all professional dancers perform with opposite-sex pairings, before switching into same-sex pairings over the course of the routine.

In 2019, during a results show, Johannes and Graziano Di Prima performed a same-sex routine together while Emeli Sande performed on the show.

However, Strictly was beaten to the punch when it comes to same-sex competitors by their ITV rival, Dancing On Ice.

In 2019, Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins was partnered on the ice with Matt Evers.

Strictly Come Dancing is due to return later this year on BBC One.

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