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Dancing On Ice: Holly Willoughby tells of pride as show has first same-sex pair

Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby
Matt Evers and Ian ‘H’ Watkins at the launch of new Dancing On Ice

By Alex Green

Holly Willoughby has said she is "very proud" of Dancing On Ice for becoming the first prime-time TV programme to feature a "groundbreaking" same-sex couple.

However, the presenter, who hosts the ITV show with Phillip Schofield, said the change should have happened "a long time ago".

Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins is taking part in the new series of the show, paired with professional skater Matt Evers. The announcement that Dancing On Ice would feature its first same-sex couple came after years of speculation that same-sex couples would feature on a TV dance competition.

Asked what she was most intrigued to see this year, Willoughby said: "I think Matt and H, because that is groundbreaking.

"It should have been happening a long time ago. For that reason, I'm very proud of Dancing On Ice."

Dancing On Ice begins on Sunday, January 5 at 6pm on ITV.

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