As usual, the professional dancers of Strictly Come Dancing put on an amazing group performance on Sunday’s results show in Blackpool, but the ending of the routine left many with a sour taste in their mouths.
The dance saw Italien professionals Graziano Di Prima and Giovanni Bernice engage in a dance-fight to win the love of fellow dancer Luba Mushtuk, and when the two men both go into kiss Mushtuk at the very end of the routine, she ducks and Di Prima and Bernice almost lock lips.
Many viewers announced their outrage, not at the fact that we almost saw two men smooching, but at the fact that we didn’t get to see them lock lips at all.
One Twitter user demanded, “Let the boys on Strictly kiss, you cowards!”
LET THE BOYS ON STRICTLY KISS YOU COWAAARDS
— james corden as smithy (@sstarstuff) November 18, 2018
Another fan wrote “Disappointed they chickened out on the gay kiss. I adored that group dance would love to see more of the men dancing together, especially in that style. It’s like a wonderful stag display.”
@bbcstrictly #Strictly Disappointed they chickened out on the gay kiss. I adored that group dance, would love to see more of the men dancing together, especially in that style. It’s like a wonderful stag display. The bar scene with Zac and Hugh in #TheGreatestShowman is fab pic.twitter.com/ORF2IvPjoi
— OoohThings! (@CuriosityRocks) November 18, 2018
And many expressed their frustration at wanting to see the two dancers touch lips.
— Mr Adam R (@MrAdamR) November 18, 2018
— Jonathan Cheetham (@GerJonnimo) November 18, 2018
While one fan expressed their disappointment at the show making a mockery of same-sex kissing.
— Declan ‘Big Dec Energy’ Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) November 18, 2018
“You’re telling me they put all that effort into that dance and they didn’t kiss at the end? BORING,” said another viewer.
You’re telling me they put all that effort into that dance and they didn’t kiss at the end? BORING ? #Strictly
— CONOR; (@iAmConorMc) November 18, 2018
They should've kissed #Strictly
— Darren Haywood (@darren_haywood) November 18, 2018
Although the reaction to what almost happened last night was more on the light-hearted side, Strictly Come Dancing has caused controversy before over only having mixed-sex couples dancing on the show.
BBC confirmed in August that no same-sex pairings would be competing in this year’s show, saying in a statement that “Strictly has chosen the longstanding ballroom-dancing format of mixed-sex couples.”
Gay contestant Dr Ranj Singh, who has been eliminated from the show, said, “I would love to dance with a same-sex partner. I would value a time when same-sex couples could dance on shows like Strictly. It is incredibly important. We are making progress but I think there is still time to go.”
Meanwhile, Singh’s fellow contestant, Graeme Swann said, “I’m absolutely fine with it. It’s 2018, not 1918, isn’t it? But I don’t think they’re going down that road. I can understand why they’re sticking to the dance rules, but surely sometime in the future, it’ll happen. It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest.”
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