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Ian 'H' Watkins set to make TV history in first same sex couple on Dancing on Ice

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Ian "H" Watkins is set to make television history as he is paired with a male professional dancer on Dancing on Ice.

The show is set to beat rival Strictly in being the first to have a same-sex couple on the show.

The former Steps star will be teamed up with professional dancer Matt Evers on the forthcoming series of Dancing On Ice.

It is understood Watkins asked about the possibility of being paired with a male professional and the production team on the ITV show was "fully supportive".

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

The BBC had previously said it was "completely open" to having them on Strictly Come Dancing.

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After conversations with the Dancing on Ice production team, H enquired as to the possibility of being paired with a male professional skater.

Dancing on Ice were fully supportive of a same sex partnership and as such this year H will be paired with Matt Evers.

– ITV source

An official ITV spokesperson said they would not comment on the speculation until nearer to when the series begins next year.

Watkins, 43, will be joined on the 2020 version of Dancing On Ice by celebrities including businesswoman Caprice Bourret, TV presenter Trisha Goddard, magician Ben Hanlin, former professional footballer Kevin Kilbane and newsreader Lucrezia Millarini.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will return to host the 2020 series. Credit: David Parry/PA Images

Love Island star Maura Higgins, Michael Barrymore and Joe Swash will also compete, with soap actress Lisa George, Scottish Paralympic sprinter Libby Clegg and Diversity star Perri Kiely also taking part.

The 2020 judging panel of Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo also sees new judge John Barrowman making his debut.

He joins following the departure of Jason Gardiner.

The series will once again be fronted by TV duo Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

James Jordan won the 2019 series with dance partner Alexandra Schauman Credit: David Parry/PA Images