Season 29 of “Dancing With The Stars” will hit ABC this fall, and there will reportedly be one noticeable difference on the show. According to the show’s former producer Steven Price, there will be at least one same-sex couple competing on the dance floor.
“Because this day and age you cannot control love,” Price told The Sun. “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,” Price continued, admitting that some viewers might not like the idea of a same-sex couple on the show. “They are changing. They are being more open to it because they are being introduced to it.. love is love. The chemistry 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.”
Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron agrees, saying that “I think it is overdue.”
He was also asked how certain members of their viewing audience might feel, the host simply said, “Look In terms of real-life… why not, you know?”
The show’s Australian counterpart had already had a same-sex couple competing last season, while the U.K. version will include a same-sex couple in their upcoming season, as well.
The show has also considered adding Charlie Sheen to its roster for the news season.
“We’ve met with Charlie Sheen,” Rob Mills, ABC Entertainment’s senior VP of alternative series, specials and late-night programming, confirmed to Variety last December. “I don’t think it’s a huge secret because he came out and talked about it, but I would still love Charlie Sheen to come on.”
“I found him to be one of the nicest, most charming people,” Mills says of Sheen. “He is just a born entertainer and I think people would love to see him, but it may not be for him. What I really found very sweet about him is he basically said, ‘I really don’t dance. I’ve got two left feet.’ So there’s a real sweetness and vulnerability, which would be really fun to showcase on the show.
“I think you never say never to anything,” Mills added while addressing the controversy around having Sean Spicer as a contestant last season. “We would never say never to someone in politics. We would look at anything, potentially, if it were good for the show.”