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Two of Strictly Come Dancing’s professionals are reportedly set to perform a same-sex dance duet.

Graziano Di Prima, 25, and Johannes Radebe, 32, will take to the floor during the results show on 3rd November to Emeli Sande’s song Shine, reports The Sun.

The planned performance comes a year after fans praised Strictly for breaking boundaries with a ‘powerful’ same-sex performance featuring all of the professional dancers.

Exciting: Strictly pro Graziano Di Prima, 25, is reportedly set to perform in the show's first same sex duet

Amazing: Pro Johannes Radebe, 32, will also reportedly feature in the duet

Exciting: Strictly Come Dancing pros Graziano Di Prima, 25, (left) and Johannes Radebe, 32, will reportedly perform the show’s first same sex duet dance

Speaking about Strictly’s decision a source said: ‘It’s a brave move for the Beeb and will break boundaries but bosses are under a lot of pressure.

‘It will hopefully pave the way for a same-sex couple next year. It’s a step in the right direction for making the show even more diverse.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Strictly Come Dancing for comment.  

Dancing duo: The two dancers (pictured above holding Stacey Dooley's legs) will perform on the results show on 3rd November to Emeli Sande's song Shine

Dancing duo: The two dancers (pictured above holding Stacey Dooley’s legs) will perform on the results show on 3rd November to Emeli Sande’s song Shine

First: The performance will be the first time two men have danced an entire routine together on the hit show. Johannes and Graziano are pictured with Luba Mushtuk, middle, in 2018

First: The performance will be the first time two men have danced an entire routine together on the hit show. Johannes and Graziano are pictured with Luba Mushtuk, middle, in 2018

Sicilian-born dancer Graziano, who does not have a celebrity partner on the current series of the show, was partnered with radio DJ Vick Hope last year. 

While Johannes, who reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa twice before coming to the UK, is paired with soapstar Catherine Tyldesley.

Graziano and Johannes are good friends after both starting the show at the same time and getting to grips with the Strictly lifestyle together.

Strictly has featured same sex pairings before in the group numbers, but not a complete routine with only two people.

Performers: Strictly has featured same sex pairings before in the group numbers, but not a complete routine with only two people

Performers: Strictly has featured same sex pairings before in the group numbers, but not a complete routine with only two people

First: In 2010, Israel's version of Strictly became the first in the franchise to introduce same-sex couples, when TV presenter Gili Shem Tov was partnered with Dorit Milman

First: In 2010, Israel’s version of Strictly became the first in the franchise to introduce same-sex couples, when TV presenter Gili Shem Tov was partnered with Dorit Milman

In a 2018 routine the professionals looked fantastic in black pinstriped suits with red stripes down the side as they showed their dancing talents.

Several former contestants have previously supported the idea, with Dr. Ranj Singh saying last year: ‘I would love to dance with a same-sex partner.’ 

Reverend Richard Coles also said in 2017 that it made ‘no sense that anybody resists the idea.’

Strong support: Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood has long supported the discussion around including same-sex couples on his hit BBC show

Strong support: Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood has long supported the discussion around including same-sex couples on his hit BBC show

First: The planned performance comes after it was revealed that Dancing On Ice will make TV history after pairing gay Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins, pictured, with skater Matt Evers

First: The planned performance comes after it was revealed that Dancing On Ice will make TV history after pairing gay Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins, pictured, with skater Matt Evers

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Skater: American Matt, also 43, who has been skating on the show since it began in 2006 and was last year partnered with Gemma Collins, came out as gay in 2018

Skater: American Matt, also 43, who has been skating on the show since it began in 2006 and was last year partnered with Gemma Collins, came out as gay in 2018

Judge Craig has also campaigned for the pairings, saying to The Mirror: ‘I think more and more people want it – maybe the BBC will be brave enough one day to do it.’

He also spoke on Lorraine in 2017 saying how he ‘hoped’ the pairings would happen one day, reports the Sun.

Craig added: ‘The tango was originally a dance between two men… seeing the Argentine tango between two men is really powerful.’

And Shirley Ballas also endorsed the idea in 2018 when she said same-sex couples on Dancing With The Stars was ‘marvellous’ and added that she would ’embrace it’ if Strictly did the same. 

History: Ian 'H' Watkins will be part of Dancing On Ice's first ever same-sex partnership on the show's upcoming series. Pictured in rehearsals with Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill

History: Ian ‘H’ Watkins will be part of Dancing On Ice’s first ever same-sex partnership on the show’s upcoming series. Pictured in rehearsals with Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill

In 2010, Israel’s version of Strictly became the first in the franchise to introduce same-sex couples, when TV presenter Gili Shem Tov was partnered with professional dancer Dorit Milman. 

The news comes after Dancing On Ice revealed Ian H Watkins would  be partnered with a male professional after reportedly making the request himself.

A source said: ‘After conversations with the Dancing on Ice production team, H enquired as to the possibility of being paired with a male professional skater.

‘Dancing on Ice were fully supportive of a same-sex partnership and as such this year H will be paired with Matt Evers.’  

H is set to be partnered with American Matt, also 43, who has been skating on the show since it began in 2006 and came out as gay in 2018.

When contacted by MailOnline for comment, a representative for Dancing On Ice said: ‘We won’t be commenting on speculation around the Dancing on Ice pairings until closer to the new series in 2020.’

Partner: Former Steps star H, 43, will be partnered with US professional Matt Evers, also 43 and pictured, on Dancing On Ice

Partner: Former Steps star H, 43, will be partnered with US professional Matt Evers, also 43 and pictured, on Dancing On Ice

After announcing the news a BBC source said that Strictly producers have relented after seeing how popular pairings have been on international versions of the show. 

The source explained to The Mirror that bosses have agreed to relax the rules on same-sex couples after seeing how well they were embraced overseas. 

They said: ‘Bosses have said while there aren’t any same sex pairings in this series, they’d definitely be open to it, given the right combination of celebs and dancers. The show’s always been inclusive and reflects modern Britain.

‘Having previously thought it was unnecessary, it has dawned on people at the BBC that the original British show looks a bit backwards in not having embraced the notion of a same-sex couple.’  

Rise to fame: Ian shot to fame as member of pop ban Steps, alongside (L-R) Lisa Scott Lee, Faye Tozer, and Lee Latchford Evans. Pictured in October 1999

Rise to fame: Ian shot to fame as member of pop ban Steps, alongside (L-R) Lisa Scott Lee, Faye Tozer, and Lee Latchford Evans. Pictured in October 1999

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