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John Barrowman is 'proud' to be judge on 'Dancing on Ice' in the series they introduce same-sex partners

Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins and professional dancer Matt Evers will be taking to the ice to dance together

2019-12-09

Words: Steve Brown

John Barrowman is ‘so proud’ to be a judge on Dancing on Ice which will feature the first ever same-sex dance couple.

The ITV ice skating competition revealed back in October that they will be pairing two male dancers together for the first time in the show’s history.

Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins and professional dancer Matt Evers will be taking to the ice to dance together when the show returns in January.

And now, while speaking to PA at the series launch, Barrowman – who is replacing Jason Gardiner as judge on the show – says the two male dancers will represent him and his husband.

He said: “What’s great about this – with having a same-sex couple – it’s finally on TV and I am so proud that I am involved in the year they are doing it.

“Two guys skating who represent me, who represent myself and my husband, so that we can sit down and rewatch it after the programme has been on.

“And we can look and be: ‘That’s us – that is how we would skate’.

“It’s great that ITV are opening the doors and allowing that to happen. I know there is some criticism as to whether it is two guys and it’s not two girls and it’s not this…

“The fact of the matter is that it is something that is representing the LGBTQ+ community and we all have to get behind them – if they are good.

“Right? That’s another big thing. You better be good, guys. Because if you are not you are going to be letting the team down. No pressure at all – no pressure H.”