There's a hugely anticipated change coming to Strictly Come Dancing next year

Strictly Come Dancing is one of the nation’s favourite shows, but it might all change after this year’s season.

It’s almost time to curl up in the sofa every Saturday and watch some of our favourite celebrities strut their stuff – or at least try.

But it seems that the BBC are planning to change the format of the show. According to Metro, the BBC are considering introducing same-sex pairings in the future if the the opportunity arises.

In a statement to, a BBC spokesperson said: “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and we are proud to have featured same sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.

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“We are completely open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers in the future, should the opportunity arise.”

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Professional dancer and new judge Oti Mabuse had also previously told the publication that same-sex pairings could be happening very soon.

“You never know,’ Oti said. ‘You never know what could happen. I don’t wanna say anything and jinx it and then people get excited.

“Let’s see. It will be her opportunity to show off where she intends to take this show.”

The show has seen professional dancers of the same gender dancing together in opening numbers, but it has never happened before with celebrity contestants and professional partners.

The BBC’s statement follows the participation of drag performer Courtney Act – played by Shane Janek – as a woman in the Australian version this year, who made it to the final.