Dancing on Ice to include same-sex couple

Steps star H is set to make history when he's paired with a same-sex partner

Steps star H is set to make history when he's paired with a same-sex partner

Dancing on Ice is set to make TV history next year by including the show's first ever same-sex dance couple in the competition.

Steps singer Ian "H" Watkins will be teamed up with professional dancer Matt Evers on the forthcoming series of Dancing On Ice.

Ian "H" Watkins will partner with Matt Evers this year.

The Sun reports that Ian, 43, asked Dancing on Ice bosses whether he could be paired with a man, and the "fully supportive" team agreed.

Watkins is believed to have asked about being paired with a man, and the ITV producers were "fully supportive".

Now bosses hope the "huge moment in TV history" might "start a trend".

Dancing on Ice returns in January 2020 with a new judging panel after Jason Gardiner quit following mounting criticism.

The series will once again be fronted by TV duo Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

In August, the BBC said it was "completely open" to having them, "should the opportunity arise".

He went on to say: "We won't be commenting on speculation around the Dancing on Ice pairings until closer to the new series".

Strictly Come Dancing has been under mounting pressure over the years to include a same-sex couple.

Although Strictly hasn't paired same-sex couples for the main show, they have in the past said they were "proud" to feature same-sex dancing in the professional performances.

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