‘Dancing with the Stars’ Will Likely Have Same-Sex Couples Next Season, Says Former Show Exec

The partner pairings for next season may look a little different…

Dancing With the Stars has been on the air for a long time– 28 seasons to be exact — but the upcoming season will be likely be different, as a new report claims there will be same-sex partners featured on Season 29.

“This day and age you cannot control love,” former executive producer Steven Price told The Sun last week. “You cannot control who or whom you love, so you have got to support it You cannot condemn someone just because they love someone of the same sex. That is who they love — support it. As long as they are not hurting each other.

“The Midwest is changing their dynamic now,” he added. “They are changing. They are being more open to it because they are being introduced to it.. love is love. The chemistry [is] all the same. Same-sex, it just brings a different twist to it, because that’s something that needs to be addressed and out there.”

Also on board is ‘Dancing With the Stars’ host Tom Bergeron, who believes it’s time for a change on the ABC reality series.

“I think it is overdue,” he previously revealed, later adding, “Look In terms of real life..why not?’ you know!”

‘Dancing With the Stars’ has already featured same-sex pairings in its Australian version, and a male/male couple won Denmark’s version of the show in December 2019. while the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing is also slated to do the same in the coming season.

The cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 29 has not been announced yet.

(Photos: David Livingston/Getty Images)


  1. Good on them. I don’t get the big deal about this, a lot of kids learn dancing by dancing with someone of the same gender cuz there’s not always enough of the opposite to make “proper” pairs. Granted it’s usually girls who end up being paired.

  2. Who cares who dances with who? We take our dogs out to eat, out to the salon, out to the gym and get lit and dance with them? The world needs to get the collective stick out of their ass and dance when they feel like dancing and with ever they want to. Life is too effing short. More shows about REAL people and less shows about the “Stars!” More dance shows more music more fun and less drama.

  3. The irony is Drag Queen Courtney Act who was on Australian Idol, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, won Celebrity Big Brother UK, and came in SECOND on Dancing with the Stars AU with a HIGHER score by one point than the winner which is a bit of a scandal since she should have WON the season.

  4. Germany already did this (with a same-sex dancing couple of two women) so I applaud them for this decision!

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