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Jordan plea over Strictly couples

Former Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan has clarified statements he made against the idea of same-sex couples competing on the show.

Jordan took to Twitter to clear the air, writing: "And like I have always said 'I'm not against it'. But true Ballroom & Latin is about a man & woman #FACT."

Judge Craig Revel Horwood recently predicted the hit ballroom show will feature a same-sex couple in the next few years.

Revel Horwood also retweeted a post from a glossy magazine about Jordan's comments.

Jordan, who left the show in 2013, told The Sun: "It's wrong. I think they would lose so many viewers.

"I have nothing against same-sex couples, if they want to go and do their own competitions. But ballroom and Latin dancing is about a man dancing with a woman, that's a fact.

"I put it on Twitter that I don't agree and people called me homophobic. But I'm not, I have a lot of gay friends. Why must we change everything because it's PC?

"I don't think it would go down well. You can't compare a man and woman dancing with each other to two men dancing with each other.

"It's stupid. The world is going crazy with this gender stuff at the moment."

Jordan's wife, Ola, is still competing in the show.

Revel Horwood said recently: "A same sex couple on Strictly - that is on the cards.

"It'll be either this year or next year, but most certainly, it will happen. They did it already in Hungary or somewhere.

"We should encourage that sort of thing, absolutely. There are competitions throughout the world that have same sex couples, you just have to decide who goes backwards, darling."

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