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Strictly 2020 viewers ‘chuffed’ to see Nicola Adams and Katya Jones as they make show history for being same-sex couple

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Nicola Adams is partnered with Katya Jones on Strictly 2020 (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing viewers are already rooting for Nicola Adams and Katya Jones as they made show history for being the first same-sex couple of the series.

In the launch show, which aired on Saturday, the annual Strictly pairing ritual took place and we got to see a stunning performance by MNEK.

Olympic boxer Nicola, who only agreed to do the series if she was partnered with a woman, told hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman that she ‘can’t wait to set fire to the dance floor’.

Tess and Claudia revealed the pairings throughout the night, but the one that viewers are ‘buzzing’ to see is Nicola and Katya.

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Speaking about making show history and being partnered with Katya, Nicola explained: ‘I want people to see my personality and my fun side.

‘I want to set fire to the dance floor and bust some moves.’

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones
Nicola can’t wait to set fire to the dancefloor (Picture: PA)
 Nicola Adams (left) and Katya Jones
Katya said they are free to do what they want (Picture: PA)

‘It’s never been done before on Strictly, so we are free to do what we want,’ Katya added.

‘There are no set rules, I am going to play around with it and I can’t wait.’

Viewers were delighted to see Nicola and Katya paired up, taking to Twitter one commented: ‘I’m glad there’s finally a same-sex couple on Strictly, rooting for Nicola and Katya.’

While another tweeted: ‘I’m properly chuffed to have a same-sex couple on strict. It is hugely overdue but I’m very happy that it’s finally happened. All the best to Nicola and Katya.’

One added: ‘Officially a same-sex partnership! So ready for this! Buzzing to see Nicola and Katya.’

The hosts also revealed that Clara Amfo was paired with pro Aljaž Skorjanec, Ranvir Singh with Giovanni Pernice and Caroline Quentin with Johannes Radebe.

HRVY is partnered with Janette Manrara, while Jason Bell is paired with Luba Mushtuk and Jamie Laing with Karen Hauer.

Jacqui Smith is paired with Anton Du Beke, EastEnders star Maisie Smith with Gorka Marquez and JJ Chalmers has been partnered with Amy Dowden.

Bill Bailey is with Oti Mabuse and finally, Max George is partnered with Dianne Buswell.

Who are the Strictly 2020 pairings?

Clara Amfo is paired with Aljaž Škorjanec 

Ranvir Singh is paired with Giovanni Pernice

HRVY is paired with Janette Manrara

Caroline Quentine is paired with Johannes Radebe 

Jamie Laing is paired with Karen Hauer

Jason Bell is paired with Luba Mushtuk

Nicola Adams is paired with Katya Jones

Jacqui Smith is paired with Anton Du Beke

Maisie Smith is paired with Gorka Marquez

JJ Chalmers is paired with Amy Dowden

Bill Bailey is paired with Oti Mabuse

Max George is paired with Dianne Buswell

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 7.25pm on BBC One.

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