Dancing On Ice set to feature first ever same sex pairing

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Dancing On Ice is reportedly set to introduce its first ever same-sex pairing for 2020.

The line up of Dancing On Ice contestants was confirmed earlier this year by ITV ahead of the new series starting in January.

One of those on the cast is Ian 'H' Watkins who The Sun newspaper reports will be partnered with pro skater Matt Evers.

The tabloid says that Ian asked about the idea of the same sex pairing ahead of signing up for the show.

A source shared with the tabloid: “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.”

A spokesperson for Dancing On Ice commented on the report: “We won’t be commenting on speculation around the Dancing on Ice pairings until closer to the new series.”

The news follows the BBC hinting that Strictly Come Dancing would be opening up the door to same-sex pairings in future.

Up until now the ballroom series has kept to 'traditional' mixed gendered partnerships between celebrities and pro dancers.

But a spokesperson for the BBC said: “We are completely open to the prospect of same-sex pairings between celebrities and pro dancers in the future, should the opportunity arise.”

Dancing On Ice typically launches in January on ITV.

Other names on the line up for the next series include TV presenter and former I'm A Celebrity winner, Joe Swash; TV entertainer, Michael Barrymore; Love Islander, Maura Higgins; and TV personality and chat show legend, Trisha Goddard.

More confirmed names are American actress model, and TV personality, Caprice; Diversity dancer Perri Kiely; soap star, Lisa George and footballer Kevin Kilbane.

Meanwhile, Dancing On Ice's judging line up will see Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo return to the panel, joined by new face John Barrowman MBE who replaces Jason Gardiner.

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