Fresh from the same-sex Strictly debate, Peter Andre has joked about having a male partner himself on Instagram


Peter Andre, 42, has made light of a very serious row that occurred between Strictly bosses and Eggheads star CJ de Mooi.

At the Strictly Come Dancing launch show when asked by Tess Daly who he would like to be paired with, Peter replied: ‘Anton Du Beke‘, to which Tess laughed at and said: ‘That’s not gonna happen I’m afraid!’

Instead, the Mysterious Girl singer was partnered with Janette Manrara and is one of the hot favourites to win the glamorous competition.


Peter has now taken to Instagram to joke about swapping partners – instead of tearing up the dancefloor with Janette, he mocked up a photo of him and her fiance, professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec.

Alongside it he wrote: ‘Apparently there was a mix up with my dancing partner and so now, I’ll be dancing with @aljazskorjanec. We are gonna be great :)).’

While his comments may be light-hearted and intended for nothing more than comedy, the timing is rather sensitive.

CJ de Mooi claimed that the show was behind the times after Strictly bosses allegedly rejected him in favour of his Eggheads co-star, Jeremy Vine, in a same-sex dance row.

He commented: ‘I can’t believe they picked Jeremy over me. I’m quite upset. It’s because I wanted to dance in a same-sex couple. Someone at the BBC told me at least for the foreseeable future neither Strictly Come Dancing or the US version Dancing With The Stars will have a same-sex couple on. How disappointing.’

However, a Strictly insider disregarded the allegations, saying: ‘We never approached nor had any plans to approach CJ to participate in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing. CJ’s agent gave us the opportunity to consider him but there was only one person we ever wanted from Eggheads and that was Jeremy Vine and we are delighted that we got our man.’

In spite of all the ballroom drama, we still think Peter and Aljaz make a fantastic pair!

Catch Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1 on the 25th and 26th September to see if Peter can take the dancefloor by storm!



Alice Murray