Ian ‘H’ Watkins ‘blown away’ by support after same-sex skate news

Matt is reportedly set to pair up with popular singer H to make TV history

Matt is reportedly set to pair up with popular singer H to make TV history

Dancing on Ice will have their first same-sex couple next year.

The singer is taking part in the upcoming series of the ice-skating show and will be teamed up with professional Matt Evers.

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

American pro skater Matt, 43 - who was partnered with Gemma Collins past year - is also gay, and came out in 2018.

They added: "Bosses at Dancing On Ice are fully supportive of a same-sex partnership, so this year H will be paired with Matt".

The BBC had previously said it was "completely open" to having them on Strictly Come Dancing, but this has not yet happened.

Evers, an American pro skater who has been part of the show since it began in 2006, came out as gay in 2018.

It comes after years of speculation that same sex couples would feature on a TV dance competition.

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Dancing On Ice rival demonstrate Strictly has yet to originate the transfer to same-intercourse couples dancing together on the demonstrate.

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

Also joining the cast of Dancing on Ice 2020 is Love Island's Maura Higgins; TV presenter Michael Barrymore; Kevin Kilbane; Joe Swash; and ITV newsreader Lucrezia Millarini.

He tweeted in reference to the show's first same-sex pairing writing: "We are making History!"

John Barrowman will replace him on the panel and TVs favourite besties, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will return to present the show. Coronation Street's Lisa George, Paralympic sprinter Libby Clegg and Diversity dancer Perri Kiely will also compete on the ice.

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan was crowned the victor of this year's series.

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

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