Strictly: Dianne on getting paired with 'not the best' dancers
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Tom, 27, has captured the nation’s heart at the Tokyo Olympic Games after securing his first gold medal in diving after 13 years of competing in the global sporting event. With the 2021 season of Strictly Come Dancing on the horizon and in light of his participation in the Olympics, it’s been reported bosses of the BBC show are keen to sign him up. However, his inclusion in the line-up would be historic as he could be one half of the first same-sex male couple to compete.
According to reports, Tom could be set to dance with professional Graziano Di Prima, 27, who hasn’t had a partner since 2018.
The latter has already been part of a same-sex couple when chart-topper Emeli Sande, 34, performed her single Shine on the show in 2019.
Graziano completed the routine with co-star, Johannes Radebe, 34, in what was a historic moment for the programme and it gained huge acclaim from viewers.
Discussing the same-sex male partnership to possibly compete, an unnamed source said bosses were “thrilled” it was finally going to happen.
“They have their sights firmly on Graziano. There is no reason why a gay celebrity should automatically be paired with a gay dancer,” they explained to The Sun.
It has been a trend in the past for producers to lock in medal-winning Olympians following their success at previous games.
Therefore, Tom could be a very viable candidate to partake in the competition when it gets underway in just a few weeks time.
Express.co.uk has contacted a BBC spokesperson and Tom’s representatives for comment on the reports.
Last year’s series saw the first same-sex couple to take part in the show when Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, 38, was partnered with Katya Jones, 32.
Unfortunately, the couple had to withdraw just a few weeks into the competition when Katya tested positive for coronavirus.
Sights firmly [set] on Graziano
Speaking about making history following the announcement she was taking part, Nicola said: “It [was] really important.
“It [was] a big step for the show and it [was] nice to see that we are able to move on. I just [couldn’t] wait to get some dancing done.
“I asked the show about it. They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show but I said ‘Yeah, I will do it but I want to dance with another female dance partner.’
“I also want to thank the BBC for supporting me and making me the first ever all female-pairing; and it [was] amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry,” she said on BBC Breakfast.
Graziano has previously spoken out on being part of a same-sex couple and the reaction he had performing with Johannes on the show two years ago.
The professional dancer said: “It is normal for us. But it was so important for Johannes, and so many people were like, ‘Yes, finally.’
“It was just like a breath of happiness: two friends, who happen to be men, dancing together,” he continued.
“For him, he was like ‘You can only imagine how important this is for me, that you are standing beside me and dancing with me’,” the stage performer told Attitude Magazine.
Tom’s name has also been staled to the series before, with many speculating he could have signed up in the past.
Back in 2019, former professional AJ Pritchard, 26, explained he would be interested in seeing the diver take part
The professional dancer said at the time: “I think as a celebrity this year  that would be fantastic – I do like to see athletes compete on Strictly, is Tom Daley.
“He’d be an awesome contestant,” the former star of the Saturday night entertainment show told the Daily Star.
Strictly Come Dancing is scheduled to return later this year on BBC One.
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