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Ian ‘H’ Watkins ‘cried tears of joy’ after making Dancing on Ice debut with same-sex partner Matt Evers

Emma Powys Maurice December 23, 2019
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The pair performing on Dancing On Ice‘s Christmas special (ITV)

Dancing on Ice star Ian ‘H’ Watkins has revealed he cried “tears of joy” after he performed the show’s first-ever same-sex dance pairing alongside professional skater Matt Evers.

The former member of Steps pushed for a same-sex pairing since he was cast in the 2020 series, which begins in January. He and Evers gave viewers a taste of what’s to come during Dancing On Ice‘s Christmas special on Sunday.

As they came out onto the ice the pair did a “cheers to change” before skating to Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas’, with Watkins showing off some of his newly-learned moves.

Moments after it aired he took to Instagram to share his happiness with his followers.

“Tonight has been emotional. I’ve cried tears of joy! Never did I think this would happen. But tonight, Matt & I have made a little piece of history!” he wrote.

“Thank you for all your messages of support and for letting me be my authentic self. Thanks to @itv for championing the LGBTQ community and its allies.”

He continued: “Now the hard work begins… I promise we won’t let you down!”

After their short performance ended, Evers told viewers: “This is my 12th series of Dancing on Ice and this year is pretty special. [This journey] is going to mean a lot to a lot of people in this country and around the world.”

The routine wowed viewers, too – and bookies are already predicting the pair will be among the favourites to win the show.

Dancing on Ice is set to return to screens on Sunday 5 January at 6pm on ITV.

More: dancing on ice, Ian H Watkins, ITV, matt evers, Steps

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