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'Dancing on Ice' reportedly to pair two male dancers in a series first - beating 'Strictly Come Dancing'

The new series will see pro-skater Matt Evers team up with Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins

2019-10-09

Words: Steve Brown

Dancing on Ice has teamed up two male dancer in a series first – being BBC rival Stricly Come Dancing.

ITV chiefs have made series history after pairing pro skater Matt Evers and Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins for the upcoming new season.

According to the Sun, Ian reportedly asked Dancing on Ice chiefs about partnering with a male dancer and the team allegedly agreed.

A source said: “After conversations with the Dancing on Ice production team, H enquired as to the possibility of being paired with a male pro skater.

“Bosses at Dancing on Ice are fully supportive of a same-sex partnership, so this year H will be paired with Matt.

“It’s a huge moment in TV history. A lot of viewers will be watching and the hope is it might set a trend.”

The pairing comes after the long-running BBC ballroom and latin dance competition has failed to introduce same-sex dance partners despite judges, dancers and contestants calling for the show to make history.