Strictly made history with its first-ever same-sex dance routine and, unsurprisingly, the world didn’t end
Strictly Come Dancing made history after the dancing show staged its first-ever same-sex dance routine and Armageddon didn’t take place afterwards.
Viewers of the BBC One show also reported a severe lack of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and hellfire across the UK following the slot’s airing.
Dancing to Emeli Sande’s ‘Shine’, Johannes Radebe and Graziano di Prim swirled across the ballroom floor and brought fans and judges alike to tears in the much anticipated performance.
‘At long last’: Strictly viewers eutrophic over the ground-breaking routine.
Di Prima, 25, and newcomer Radebe, 32, were first rumoured to be making the ground-breaking act earlier this month, becoming the first same-sex couple to sashay in the 15-year-history of the show.
Speaking about the dance, Johannes told HELLO! magazine: “I’ve never felt so liberated. For the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am. That says so much about the people of this country.
— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) November 3, 2019
“To be able to dance with a friend I respect and adore is joyous. There’s bromance galore between us, but there were no male and female roles, just free movement.
“It was beautiful, classy and elegant.”
Hundreds of viewers logged-into Twitter to express their joy at seeing a same-sex couple on a national prime time show:
— colin macfarlane (@Cmacf76) November 3, 2019
At long last. More of this please. How many gay kids will have seen this, seen themselves, in a mainstream, flagship @bbc prime time show? So vitally important because #RepresentationMatters. Round of applause @bbcstrictly and the gorgeous @jojo_radebe & @GrazianoDiPrima https://t.co/nYuRwRWSfU
— ⚫ Sparkle Sparkle Dolphin Sparkle (@emceebeere) November 4, 2019
The music. The dancing. The smiles. The sheer joy.
— Ranj Singh (@DrRanj) November 3, 2019
Imagining all the queer kids watching this quietly in living rooms in Yorkshire and seeing all the dances in their future ? https://t.co/hDdFfJWRtk
— Juno Dawson (@junodawson) November 3, 2019
Although the routine attracted the barbed complaints of some homophobes, LGBT+ Twitter was quick to put critics in their place:
Great, fuck off then.
— Steven Perkins (@stevenperkins) November 3, 2019
What is especially more “dreadful” are attitudes such as yours. If you genuinely feel this way then you don’t understand @bbcstrictly at all. The whole programme is about inclusion in more ways than just involving people who can’t dance.
— Craig (@craigwill1982) November 3, 2019
This was absolutely stunning @jojo_radebe @GrazianoDiPrima – I’m appalled at some of the comments… I mean come on people it’s two people dancing together and very well…. can you just not enjoy the artistry? https://t.co/EUoNnGmxcC
— Robin Windsor (@Robinwindsor) November 3, 2019
Yet, while the bulk of viewers welcomed the performance, others labelled the routine itself a “cop-out”:
Listen guys, I love you, I really do.
But this feels like a cop-out.
Can we have a same-sex routine where two men or two women are in hold with pelvises close together symbolising love, sex and sensuality? You know, like the opposite sex dances…#Strictly https://t.co/TkmXObf8Oz
— Alan Palmer ?️? (@PalmerAlan) November 4, 2019
Same-sex dance routine was ‘magnificent’, says head judge.
Head judge Shirley Ballas called the act “magnificent”.
Ballas told the Evening Standard ahead of the show: “Have your tissues. It’s the most magnificent thing I witnessed in rehearsals.
“Johannes brings just such a wonderful joy of dance and Graziano just envelopes the whole experience.
“So it truly is something that will melt your heart for sure. [It is] 100% something that people have to look forward to.”