Richie Anderson of Strictly Come Dancing discovered a same-sex pairing and 'nearly deafened Zoe Ball.'

Richie Anderson of Strictly Come Dancing discovered a same-sex pairing and 'nearly deafened Zoe Ball ...

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Richie Anderson has shared his joy at achieving a same-sex marriage on Strictly Come Dancing.

On Friday (September 23), the Radio 2 DJ appeared on Strictly Come Dancing's launch program, where he discovered he'd be paired with Giovanni Pernice.

Richie led Digital Spy and other media through the decision process to include him in a same-sex couple on the show following the launch show.

"Do you know what was so lovely?" he said when contacted by Strictly Come Dancing that they said 'we're booking you,' and that it's up to you whether you want to dance with a female partner or a male partner. In October, we commemorated our 10-year anniversary.

"I'm back to John [Whaite] and Johannes [Radebe] the year before, and I wish when I was growing up, working out what I was and what I wasn't, I'd have had that representation on a Saturday night on primetime TV."

The DJ talked about his surprise when he learned he would be paired up with Gio.

"Giovanni came and surprised me at Radio 2 and when he walked through the door, Oh My God, I think I deafened [co-worker] Zoe Ball from screaming!" he joked.

"He walked in and I don't remember what happened, it was a blur." I'm fine now, and he's lovely.

Giovanni won the previous series with Rose Ayling-Ellis, and has reached the final with Faye Tozer, Debbie McGee, and Georgia May Foote throughout his career.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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