TV history was made on Dancing On Ice tonight (05.02.20) as the first ever same-sex couple took to the rink.
Pro Matt Evers and his celebrity partner Ian ‘H’ Watkins had waited a long time for this moment.
They smiled joyfully as they nailed their performance.
The pair impressed all four judges, scoring a very respectable 25 out of 40.
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But this routine was about much more than the score, and tears streamed down judge John Barrowman’s face.
He spoke for hundreds of thousands of viewers as he spoke of how important it was for him, as a member of the LBTQ+ community, to feel represented.
Meanwhile Matt reminded everyone what they had just watched is normal, while emotional H said the world was ready for it.
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So many viewers expressed their pride and gratitude on Twitter…
I was just as emotional as John, I’m 24 but I honestly wasn’t sure that I’d ever see a same sex dancing partnership on British TV. I’m a bisexual woman and I watched this with a gay friend and we both couldn’t believe we were watching it. Thank you Matt & H. 😭👏 #DancingOnIce x
— Siobhan #LoveTheLances 🇬🇬 (@slinehan1) January 5, 2020
can we just take a minute to appreciate how powerful Ian and Matt‘s dance was #DancingOnIce
— Charlotte 🕸 (@xoohCharlotte) January 5, 2020
Anyone else in tears at Matt and H #DancingOnIce
Bravo boys 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 ⛸
There has to be a first. But let’s not have it be the last. #LGBTQ
— Suzanne (@TweetingSuzyQ) January 5, 2020
H and Matt on #DancingOnIce legit made me well up!! Holding back the tears seeing them and then seeing John crying. History was made. Couldn’t be happier or proud! A positive step in the right direction of normalising same sex couples
— Dani 🥀 (@DaniB_x) January 5, 2020
Feel so proud watching H and Matt on #DancingOnIce 💖
— Cara Cook (@CaraLCook_) January 5, 2020
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