Sunday 24 June 2018

Same-sex couples on 'Dancing with Stars' could happen - judge Brian Redmond

From left: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge Brian Redmond, RTÉ presenter Bláthnaid Treacy, social media star James Patrice and professional dancer Karen Byrne at the launch of ‘A Single Step Leads to the Biggest Change’ yesterday. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan
From left: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge Brian Redmond, RTÉ presenter Bláthnaid Treacy, social media star James Patrice and professional dancer Karen Byrne at the launch of ‘A Single Step Leads to the Biggest Change’ yesterday. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

Sean O'Grady

'Dancing with the Stars' judge Brian Redmond says he would back a move to introduce same-sex couples to the RTÉ show.

Mr Redmond pointed to Ireland's entry at this year's Eurovision, which featured a performance by two male dancers, as something that could pave the way for a change to the format.

"I think it would be something that society as a whole would enjoy. Having a same-sex couple on the show at some point is something that could happen.

"We saw at Eurovision, for example, the type of performances that male dancers can put in together."

However, it may be some time before same-sex couples appear on the show, as an RTÉ spokesperson said the show must abide by guidelines set out by the BBC, which has said it doesn't have any plans to introduce same-sex couples to the show "at the moment".

"RTÉ is a licencee of the 'Dancing with the Stars' format from BBC Worldwide and follows format guidelines as set out by the BBC," they said.

Brian was speaking at St Patrick's Mental Health Services' 'A Single Step Leads To The Biggest Change' campaign, which encourages people to take positive steps to improve their mental health.

Irish Independent

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