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Strictly Come Dancing: BBC rejects complaints of ‘blatant projection of homosexuality’

Katya and Nicola returned for one last dance in the Strictly final (Picture: BBC)

The BBC has stood by Strictly Come Dancing after complaints Katya Jones and Nicola Adams depicted a ‘blatant projection of homosexuality’.

The complaints were made against the series when Katya and Nicola, who dropped out of the series after contracting coronavirus, returned for one last dance in the finale on December 19.

Performing a tango to Muse’s Feelin’ Good, the pair’s sultry routine was praised by thousands of viewers for its romantic elements, with their return to the stage largely a welcome surprise after their hasty exit.

However, some took exception to its ‘blatant projection of homosexuality’ and complained to the Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) at the broadcaster.

While the BBC did not announce how many complaints this routine got, in their latest report stated the complaints were simply ‘no upheld’ and won’t be investigated any further.

Katya and Olympian Nicola made Strictly history as the show’s first ever same sex couple.

Before they even set foot on the dancefloor, at least 100 viewers complained about their involvement, but both Nicola and Katya were quick to brush off the hate.

Sadly, after Katya tested positive for Covid, she and Nicola were forced to isolate for two weeks, and had to drop out during preparation for week four of the competition.

The couple were hit with complaints before they had even appeared together for the first time (Picture: BBC)

Speaking of her early exit, the athlete said in a statement: ‘Hey guys! I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon.

‘I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for!

‘But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for. She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience.’

Katya added: ‘Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She’s given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition.

‘Of course, I’m devastated to leave this way but I’ve made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I’d like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples!’

Strictly Come Dancing is available now on BBC iPlayer.

Credit: Original article published here.

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