The Jerusalem Post reported on the debut of female same-sex dancing partners on the Israeli version of “Dancing with the Stars” this week. Openly homosexual sportscaster Gili Shem Tov was paired with professional dancer Dorit Milman. The two women danced in matching outfits during the show’s premier this week. The Jerusalem Post wrote that Ms. Milman was surprised when she found out she was paired with a woman but was happy to be part of the opportunity to show that love transcends sexual orientation. Ms. Shem Tov and Ms. Milman said they would take turns leading.
The Israel DWTS is the first of the franchise to feature a female-female pairing. Since the show debuted in Britain in 2004 as “Strictly Come Dancing” all the pairings have been traditionally male and female – regardless of the dancers’ or stars’ sexuality. The show has since been spun-off and over 30 countries now show their own version. The U.S. version debuted in 2005 and is now on its’ 11th season.
Speculation is growing that the U.S. “Dancing with the Stars” will have a same-sex pairing soon. Celebrity gossip writer Rob Shuter of PopEater writes that a DWTS insider told him the producers want to shake up the format and having a same-sex couple could do that. Shuter spoke to a TV expert who says that two women dancing together is more acceptable than two men and Portia de Rossi could be the gay female to make the U.S. same-sex dance-pairing debut. Insiders close to Shuter tell him that Ms. de Rossi is the first name on the DWTS producers’ lips even though she hasn’t been approached yet. Portia de Rossi is married to comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and de Rossi recently released her memoir detailing her eating disorders and sexuality challenges.
Professional dancer Derek Hough was asked about same-sex dance pairings by Entertainment Weekly. He responded that one could “never say never” about the show.
Back in 2008 two men did actually dance together on “Dancing with the Stars” reports Buddy TV. An encore performance was supposed to be Anna Trebunskaya and actor Steve Guttenberg’s tango, but Anna was sick so her husband swapped in for her. Guttenberg was voted out that evening but the votes were counted before the male-male dance was shown.
Video of the Israeli dance partners rehearsing can be seen here and their performance here.