Ashley Banjo wants Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean to dance with same-sex partners.

Ashley Banjo

Ashley Banjo

The 'Dancing On Ice' star wants his fellow judges to follow in the footsteps of upcoming pairing Ian 'H' Watkins and Matt Evers by performing a same-sex routine on the new series when the show returns in 2020.

He told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "Maybe Jayne and Christopher will do it. It would be good to see."

Although the Diversity frontman is glad the ITV figure skating show is introducing a same-sex partnership between a pro and celebrity, but he suggested it shouldn't be a rarity on television.

He added: "It's great it's happening on the new series of 'Dancing On Ice'. It's starting to make its way to becoming more of a normality -- but it always should've been."

The 31-year-old star pointed to his own Channel 4 show 'Flirty Dancing', which led the way with same-sex pairings earlier this year.

The programme returns for its second series this week, and it sees strangers learning a routine in advance and dancing together the first time they meet.

He said: "On 'Flirty Dancing' we've had same-sex couples and we don't go, 'This week, guess what we're doing? We're being progressive!'

"So I don't make a point of saying I'm proud of 'Flirty Dancing' because the show is about finding love -- gay, straight or whatever.

"It normalises it in more ways than any other show because what's at the heart of the show is love."