Former Strictly Come Dancing star Gleb Savchenko is one of the hottest male professionals to have graced our screens on the BBC’s Saturday night staple.
It’s easy to fall for his gorgeous face or his washboard abs, but in a recent interview with The Sun, we fell for him for a whole new reason.
When asked about the topic of Strictly introducing same-sex couples, his response was perfect.
“I would love to see same-sex couples. It would be amazing. We have same-sex couples competing in real dance championships and they do it so well. [It’s amazing] to see the energy and the chemistry and the vibe in the rehearsal room of two guys”.
We love you, Gleb!
It’s an interesting point that real dance competitions allow same-sex partners to compete. Often the argument is to preserve tradition, with ballroom and Latin dance telling a story between a man and a woman.
If official ballroom championships have opened the doors to same-sex couples, then what’s holding back the BBC?
“Producers are just scared to try new things and go in that direction. It should have been done a long time ago”.
As is often the case when it comes to the mainstream, producers are likely hesitant to push Strictly’s boundaries in order to prevent its viewership declining. With Strictly being widely popular, there’s a risk that the audience won’t entirely accept such a progressive move.
It’s interesting that a television vehicle as camp as Strictly would remain hesitant on embracing same-sex couples. It’s similar to the way figure skater Adam Rippon has been told his skating is too feminine. With the camp of Strictly’s glitter and glam, it’s curious that there’s a pressure to adhere to masculine and feminine ideals. (Rippon is set to appear on the upcoming Dancing With The Stars: Athletes in the US, where he is partnered with a female dancer.)
It would be amazing to see same-sex couples compete on Strictly. Seeing two men/two women flip flop between gender roles and break barriers would be such a milestone.
Previous professional dancer James Jordan has been bold in his stance against same-sex dance partnerships. He has expressed his views on Celebrity Big Brother, as well as on talk programmes like This Morning.
“It would be a joke couple, people wouldn’t take it seriously. It would have to be a comedy value. I don’t think it would be two men dancing the sexy rumba, I don’t think it would work.”
While Jordan continues to insist that his comments aren’t homophobic, he has since been kicked off of the show. Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday nights indoors, babes.
Other cast members have spoken out in favour of the addition of same-sex couples, including judge Craig Revel-Horwood, professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec, and Jordan’s own wife, Ola Jordan.
The Sun asked Gleb whether he would be open to competing with a male partner:
“I just need a great person who’s easy to work with and really wants to be in the competition. I’m very open-minded and I wouldn’t mind doing it. I don’t give a fuck about what people think of me and what I do.”
We are so ready!
LGBT+ celebrities have always been welcome to compete on the show, including Julian Clary, Susan Calman and Russell Grant. However, they have always competed with a professional of the opposite sex.
Calman reported at the time she was offended by the backlash over her decision not to dance with a woman. It’s by no means compulsory that LGBT+ stars should dance with a same-sex partner, but if they wish to do so, they should definitely have the option.
It’s great to see Gleb speaking out on the issue, and we only love him more for it. He participated in just one season of Strictly back in 2015, partnered with TV presenter Anita Rani. The two had a great partnership, and eventually finished in 5th place, but we’d love to see more of him on our screens.
Being an instant fan favourite, let’s hope we see his return for another shot at the glitter ball trophy. Perhaps even partnered with one very lucky man!
Who would you like to see Gleb dance with? Let us know at @gayboybible