Dancing On Ice’s first same-sex coupling is keen to avoid any downsides of their historic pairing.
Steps singer Ian “H” Watkins and professional skater Matt Evers will be the first pair same-sex paring in the reality competition’s history, with the show running on and off since 2006.
Now the pair have revealed to BBC Newsbeat that they are keen for the revolutionary move to not become “part of a circus” and “don’t want to stand-out”.
Evers has been a regular on Dancing On Ice since its inception and is the last original professional skating member on the show.
“This is for somebody like me, when I was nine. I was lost, lonely and felt like I had nowhere to turn,” says Evers.
He advocates: “Let’s bring it out in the open. Growing up watching TV I didn’t have many – if any – role models. It’s nice to finally see this in the mainstream.
“I’m really proud and happy that [ITV] has chosen to do this and has chosen me of all people.”
H also feels the importance of being chosen for this coupling, having come out publicly in 2007.
“For me, growing up I never had any visibility like this, nobody I could look up to,” he reveals.
The singer also praises ITV for its support and reveals it was the right time to join the show.
“I’ve auditioned for the show twice before and for one reason or another I couldn’t do it,” he says, “but the stars aligned this time.”
The inclusive move hasn’t come without some practical issues, however, reveals Matt,
He reveals: “ Coming into it, I wasn’t quite sure what the difficulties were going to be – the only thing we have found is in a certain lift.
“He rolls up over my shoulder and then goes into like a crucifix position and, let’s just say, where I am supposed to put my hands – his anatomy gets in the way.
“Anatomy that a female may not have. That’s the only thing that’s been different.”
We certainly can’t wait to see what routine the pair have in store!
Dancing On Ice begins on ITV on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
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