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Subject: Dancing on Ice (UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/09/19 at 6:11 am

Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins to be in same-sex couple

Dancing On Ice is to beat Strictly Come Dancing to having UK TV's first same-sex dancing couple. Steps singer Ian "H" Watkins will be teamed up with professional skater Matt Evers in the next series of the ITV show early next year. Watkins is believed to have asked about being paired with a man, and the ITV producers were "fully supportive". It comes after speculation that Strictly will allow same-sex couples next year. In August, the BBC said it was "completely open" to having them, "should the opportunity arise".

Subject: Dancing on Ice 2021: Jason Donovan and Faye Brookes join line-up

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/24/20 at 8:17 am

Jason Donovan has been confirmed as the fifth celebrity contestant to be taking part in this year's Dancing on Ice. The actor and singer rose to fame in the 1980s on the Australian soap Neighbours and now lives in London. "Skating is all about balance and confidence," he told ITV's This Morning on Thursday as the news was announced. "I've done a little bit of skating in my youth, in Australia, surprisingly in the heat of an Australian summer. "I've surfed, I've skied a lot so I guess I'll bring a little bit of that confidence." With their professional partners, the celebrity contestants will try to impress the expert panel - Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo - and the viewers at home. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will once again host the show, which begins in January. The most recent series of Dancing on Ice was won by actor Joe Swash.

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