The BBC's nemesis at the Mail on Sunday Katie Hind has a piece today headlined Strictly can't get much more diverse than that! Four contestants and not a single straight white man - the dream semi-final for BBC chiefs who wanted a 'less pale and stale' series:.
The BBC has been praised for having the most diverse Strictly Come Dancing semi-final in the show’s history. The line-up for last night’s programme featured two black contestants, a gay man and the favourite to win the overall title – deaf EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis.
She quotes one of those helpful 'sources':
There is a great deal of delight that Strictly is reflecting Britain today with its line-up. This year and last, there was a real effort to ensure that there was diversity – particularly with the introduction of the same-sex couples. Last year it didn’t go quite so well, but this year has been an absolute triumph. And viewers have clearly loved it. Audience figures have been really high.