Dancing On Ice's H Watkins Hits Back At Viewer 'Offended' By First Same-Sex Skate

The Steps singer and professional skater Matt Evers made their debut on the ice in this year's Christmas special.

Ian “H” Watkins has taken the high road after facing criticism over his first skate with Matt Evers on Dancing On Ice.

Next month, H and Matt will make TV history as the first same-sex pair to ever compete on the ITV reality show, and viewers were given a taste of what to expect in Sunday night’s Christmas special, when they briefly skated together for the first time.

And while the moment was mostly met with praise, one viewer tweeted H to tell him how “offended” he was at the sight of two men on an ice rink together.

“I know i’m old fashioned but standards are now at rock bottom,” the tweet read. “I prefer Adam and Eve, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls. Not Adam and Steve or Everyone.

“This gender neutrality and gays dancing together is not normal and having pushed in front of me offends me.”

H Watkins and Matt Evers performing during this year's first group skate
H Watkins and Matt Evers performing during this year's first group skate
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H replied shortly afterwards, reminding everyone why he was so keen to perform with a male professional on the show.

“Just because you disagree does not change the fact that I exist. WE exist. The LGBTQ community exists,” the Steps singer wrote. “Your views are not old fashioned, they are archaic – but they make the LGBTQ community grow stronger, so thank you for that. How beautiful would the world be with acceptance?”

Matt has also been taking on critics over on his own Twitter page, pointing out that many sports have people of the same sex competing side by side…

Although rival series Strictly Come Dancing has not featured a same-sex couple competing yet, they did feature a routine between professionals Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima during one of this year’s results shows.

Again, this performance was largely met with praise from viewers, although some also took issue with it, including almost 200 viewers who made formal complaints about watching two men ballroom dancing.

Dancing On Ice launches on Sunday 5 January on ITV.