Steps singer Ian “H” Watkins will be teamed up with professional skater Matt Evers in the next series of the ITV show early next year.
Watkins is believed to have asked about being paired with a man, and the ITV producers were “fully supportive”.
It comes after speculation that Strictly will allow same-sex couples next year.
Speaking about same-sex couples earlier this year, former Strictly judge Len Goodman told The Sun: “If they do it, there’ll be people saying, ‘I’m not going to watch it any more, [and] if they don’t do it, there’ll be people saying, ‘Well, you’re homophobic.’ They can’t win.”
Goodman added that he was an “old traditionalist” but added that “if it’s done in a tasteful way, I think it would be OK”.