Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Nicola Adams will ‘not wear a dress’ in historic show move

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BBC viewers are counting down the days until Strictly Come Dancing returns to screens, in just a few weeks time. With the full line-up for the latest series having already been announced, it’s not long until the 12 famous faces will take to the floor for the first time. Fans will also be awaiting the famously sequinned costumes – but it’s now been explained why contestant Nicola Adams is set to take a different approach this year. 

Earlier this month, Nicola was revealed to be taking part in a same-sex pairing, in a historic move from the programme.

The boxing champion will be competing with one of the show’s female dancers in a show-first.

But now, it’s been revealed the soon-to-be contestant has requested to shun the traditional look.

It’s been reported Nicola has asked show bosses if she would be able to perform in trouser suits, instead of a dress.

A source said: ”Anyone who knows Nicola will be aware that her wardrobe consists of jeans and trousers so it would be really unnatural for her to wear a dress.

“As far as the Strictly bosses are concerned, it’s a personal choice and they want her to feel comfortable taking part.”

And show bosses are apparently completely on board with her request.

“They’ve got lots of ideas for themes and will be sure to incorporate some sparkle into her trouser suits.”

She is said to be “more than grateful that the producers are making her feel relaxed,” an insider told The Sun.

Express Online has contacted a representative for Strictly Come Dancing and Nicola Adams in response to the reports.

This year’s series won’t be the first time the programme has featured a same-sex pairing performing. 

In 2019, Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima took part in a solo routine together, dancing during a performance from singer Emeli Sande. 

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This seemingly helped to pave the way for the new move from the show after the performance was so well-received by fans.

Upon being confirmed to be part of the line-up, Nicola spoke out on as what being part of a same-sex couple meant to her.

“I’m really excited to be joining this year’s incredible line-up for Strictly Come Dancing.

“I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts.

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“People might know me from my work in the ring, but I’ll be every bit as passionate and dedicated on the dancefloor too.

“I also wanted to thank the BBC for supporting me and making me the first ever all female-pairing and it’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry,” she said.

The line-up for this year’s show is looking to be one of the most exciting yet, with a huge array of celebrities from a range of different backgrounds.

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Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year to BBC One. 

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