Karen Hauer would love to dance with a woman on Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: Getty Images)
Strictly Come Dancing professional Karen Hauer has revealed that she would love to dance with a female contestant on the next series of the dancing show.
Now Karen, who is the show’s longest-running professional dancer ahead of her tenth series, said she would be keen to follow in their footsteps.
‘A same-sex partner would be incredible,’ the dancer told Hello! magazine.
‘The support behind Strictly’s first same-sex couple last year was extraordinary. I can only imagine our wonderful viewers this year would support it just as much, if not more.’
The Venezuelan professional Latin dance specialist and World Mambo Champion has been on the programme since 2012, and said her time on the show has ‘flown by so quickly and it’s incredible’.
When asked if she would like to celebrate a decade on the show by lifting the trophy, she added: ‘Of course, I’d love to bring the Glitterball home at some point.
‘It would be lovely to win in my 10th series, but it is not so much about the winning.
‘I love the show so much and making people fall in love with dancing.’
Karen has had a variety of partners during her time on the show, and she danced with reality star Jamie Laing in the last series of Strictly.
She explained that she’s changed a lot as a person since she first joined the programme.
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Matilda is being eyed up (Picture: PA/REX)
‘The girl of 2012 is a different version of the woman I am now,’ Karen explained.
‘I’m more confident in myself than I was back in 2012 and I’m sure of who I am as a person, as a woman in this industry.
‘It’s been about discovering who I am, the person I want to be.’
It looks like show producers are preparing for the star-studded next series, as it is being reported that Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Matilda – also known as Tilly – is in talks to join the show.
Bosses are also eyeing up Peter Crouch (Picture: BBC)
‘It’s a great sign-up as Tilly has proved a hit with youngsters,’ a source told The Sun on Sunday’s Biz on Sunday column.
‘And Strictly bosses are desperate to attract more young fans to the show.’
This comes after reports that show bosses have their heart set on former footballer Peter Crouch joining the dance competition.
It is being reported that the 40-year-old athletic legend is a top pick for the producers of Strictly, who are currently working on the 19th series of the long-running talent competition.
Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to BBC in Autumn