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April 7, 2015

'I had a great time; an awesome experience'

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was eliminated from ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Monday (6 April) evening.

Sam and partner Peta Murgatroyd received their highest marks yet from the judges for their week four dance but did not garner enough votes from the public to remain in contention.

'I had a great time; an awesome experience,' Sam said after the elimination. 'I want to thank Dancing With the Stars and everyone here who came out and supported.'

April 1, 2015

Will dance for first time with partner, X Factor star Marcus Collins, at his new event

Gay Strictly Come Dancing Star Robin Windsor has said he would love the BBC show to feature a same-sex pairing.

But he doesn’t think it will happen any time soon because Britain is not yet ready.

That hasn’t stopped him starting his own scheme to get a new generation of gays and lesbians couples into ballroom.

His same-sex ballroom classes will see him dance with his boyfriend – X Factor star Marcus Collins – for the first time.

February 24, 2015

Unable to compete in NFL last season, Sam will compete for Mirror Ball Trophy

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC's Dancing With the stars.

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season's roster is unveiled Tuesday (24 February) on ABC's Good Morning America, according to TMZ.

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri.

December 16, 2014

But did Craig Revel Horwood give him a banana?

Gay Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has opened up about his relationship, saying he was first attracted to his partner for a slightly odd reason.

No, it wasn't because he could rumba all night, it was because of his performing monkey.

'There's three of us in this relationship,' the BBC1 reality show judge told OK magazine.

'There is Damon [Scott], Bubbles [Damon's performing monkey] and me. What I first saw what he did, that attracted me as he is an artist.

November 21, 2014

Is this a sign of cha cha change?

Strictly Come Dancing will feature same-sex couples dancing together for the first time this weekend.

The BBC dancing competition show will feature the professional dancers doing a 'Cops and Robbers' routine, likely to appear on Sunday night's results show (23 November).

Gay pro Robin Windsor, who was forced to pull out of this year's competition due to a back injury, will return to dance alongside the other pros.

In It Takes Two, the companion BBC2 show, he revealed he would be dancing with someone a little different.

November 2, 2014

Gay Radio 1 DJ is the fifth to leave the British dancing competition

Scott Mills is the latest to leave Strictly Come Dancing.

The gay Radio 1 DJ and his professional partner Joanne Clifton were the fifth couple to leave the British dancing competition show tonight (2 November).

The couple performed an Addams Family-themed Foxtrot, scoring 21 points, on the show's Halloween special.

While they were repeatedly near the bottom of the leaderboard with the judges, the public saved them from the dance off week after week.

September 10, 2014

Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan rants against same-sex couples participating on Strictly Come Dancing

Ballroom dancer and current Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan has surprised and disappointed LGBT viewers by speaking out against the idea of having same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing (the UK equivalent of Dancing with the Stars).

Jordan, 36, made a name for himself as one of the show’s professional dancers but left the show earlier this year. He is married to Ola Jordan, who remains a dancer for the BBC series.

August 6, 2014

There will be no openly LGBTI professional dancers on the BBC dancing show following Robin Windsor's departure

Gay dancer Robin Windsor will be forced to drop out of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing over a back injury.

The 34-year-old, currently dating X Factor star Marcus Collins, will be replaced with Dancing With The Stars’ Trent Whiddon in the British dancing show.

‘I'm devastated to have to pull out of Strictly this year due to a pre-existing back injury,' Windsor said.

‘It's been a really difficult decision, but I plan to focus 100% on my recovery and hope to be back in the ballroom as soon as possible, doing what I love best.

July 12, 2014

Ahead of a review of the rules regarding ballroom dance competitions in the UK, dancers demand to be able to compete with same-sex partners if they choose

The world of competitive ballroom dancing has more to it than sequins and perfect scores, as a recent row in the UK has seen dancers demand to be allowed to dance in same-sex pairs.

The current legislation laid out by the British Dance Council (BDC) stipulates: ‘This Council recognizes a partnership to be one man and one lady in all adult amateur and professional competitions and championships unless otherwise stated.’

October 9, 2013

The UK’s celebrity ballroom dance TV show may mirror Dancing With The Stars in other countries which have allowed same-sex pairings

The BBC would be prepared to allow a same-sex dance couple on Strictly Come Dancing, one of its flagship shows.

The British tax-subsidized broadcaster was responding to Gay Star News after current contestant Ben Cohen said he had wanted to dance with another man but was paired with a woman, Kristina Rihanoff.

Strictly is a major export for the BBC, turned into Dancing With The Stars in 40 countries, including Israel where an all female couple has already been permitted.

Germany is due to have a same-sex couple in its next series too.

September 17, 2013

But retired rugby star is paired with  Kristina Rihanoff who, he admits, 'will be easier to pick up'

Retired rugby star Ben Cohen may not be gay but he still wanted a male dance partner on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing ballroom competition.

'I like to break down stereotypes,' Cohen, an staunch LGBT ally and activist, told reporters this week.

But instead of being paired with a male dancer, Cohen is dancing with Kristina Rihanoff. The show has yet to have any same-sex pairings.

April 17, 2013

BBC personality Craig Revel Horwood has criticized the new British reality television show

Craig Revel Horwood, a gay judge on long-running British TV show Strictly Come Dancing, has slammed The Voice UK.

The talent show judge says the new BBC show loses its appeal when the coaches turn round to pick their contestant.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he suggested the judges Tom Jones, Danny O'Donaghue, Will.i.Am and the bisexual Jessie J should not turn round until the show reaches its final stage.

November 26, 2012

Dance partner Robin Windsor says former Emmerdale actor Riley is camp, fun and like a gay man

Strictly Come Dancing star Lisa Riley’s is a gay man trapped in a woman’s body, her dancing partner Robin Windsor has said.

The British TV show, now on its 10 season, is equivalent to Dancing With The Stars in other countries.

And it has become known for its comical dancers, including gay astrologer Russell Grant and clumsy homophobic politician Ann Widdecombe.

November 19, 2012

'Daybreak' showbiz reporter is the sixth person voted off the BBC dancing competition show

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold believes Strictly Come Dancing celebrates the ‘best of British’.

The ‘Daybreak’ host and his dance partner Erin Boag were the sixth couple to leave the BBC dancing competition show.

November 18, 2012

'Daybreak' showbiz reporter is kicked out of the British reality dancing competition show

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold is the latest celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing.

The ‘Daybreak’ TV host and his dance partner Erin Boag left the British dancing competition after finishing in the bottom two alongside Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and newcomer professional Karen Hauer.

Both couples performed their routines for a second time in the dance-off in the Wembley Arena special.

Arnold performed his salsa to Wham!’s Club Tropicana, and Byrne jived to Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock.

November 4, 2012

After forgetting his foxtrot, the showbiz reporter avoided being eliminated in the British reality competition show

Gay showbiz reporter and television host Richard Arnold has survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off for the second time tonight (4 November).

Filmed yesterday, Arnold and his professional partner Erin Boag won a dance-off against actor Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff in the British reality show results.

Arnold forgot his foxtrot when he performed it the first time on Saturday.

‘When you say dance again, it’ll really be the first time,’ he said before dancing in the results show. ‘It’s very tough going out there again. ‘

October 14, 2012

Gay band Scissor Sisters perform 'Let's Have A Kiki' on the British reality results show

Gay showbiz reporter and television host Richard Arnold will live to waltz another day as he survived the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off tonight (14 October).

Filmed yesterday, Arnold and his professional partner Erin Boag faced television legend and 74-year-old Johnny Ball and newcomer Iveta Lukosiute in the British reality show results.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman saved Arnold and Boag based on the fact there was more content in the couple's cha cha cha.

August 27, 2012

Craig Revel Horwood wants the cheeky prince to take part in Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has set his sights on Prince Harry.

The British TV personality is yearning for the cheeky royal to be his boyfriend after his recent naked headline-grabbing pictures from Las Vegas.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Horwood said: ‘I met Prince Harry at Westminster and I want him to be my new boyfriend, but unfortunately I don't think it is going to happen.’

April 9, 2012

Gay footballer is winning fans with his dance-floor moves

Professional footballer Anton Hysen was probably a bit of an obvious choice to join the cast for Sweden's Let's Dance 2012.

Known as Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and Dancing With The Stars in the US and other countries, the show's format pairs celebrities with a professional dance partner and requires them to learn and perform new routines each week.

December 11, 2011

Jason Donovan joins gay mag pin-up in the final of ballroom dancing show

Boyband drummer Harry Judd is through to the final of British TV competition Strictly Come Dancing.

The ballroom and Latin dancing competition will finish live on BBC next week.

Judd, the drummer from pop-rock band McFly, has repeatedly stripped off for UK gay magazine Attitude and is the current cover star – named by the magazine as the ‘sexiest man of the year’.