Despite the recent addition of a transgender celebrity to Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 13, there will be no same-sex couples on DWTS any time soon. While adding transgender man Chaz Bono to the cast this season stirred up questions about possible same-sex couples in the future, executive producer Conrad Green is totally against the idea.
“We’ve discussed (such) pairings in the past,” Green said, according to Today.com. “But the traditional role in ballroom (dancing) is for men to have a female partner, so that’s what we’ll do.” Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Carson Kressley will be dancing with a female partner this season, which has irritated some gay activists who thought he should be partnered with a guy.
“I’m surprised when people get upset about the partnering,” DWTS senior producer Deena Katz said. “This is not a social dancing show, it’s a dancing competition. A man should dance with a woman, no matter what your sexual orientation, in ballroom. If I’d put Chaz with Mark [Ballas], for example, it would have looked like I was trying to make controversy. We’re not setting people up on dates.”
So although Chaz Bono is transgendered, he now identifies as a man and partnering him with professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer still keeps the couple as a traditional male/female pairing. Not everyone is comfortable with that interpretation, however. The casting of Sonny and Cher‘s offspring has some DWTS fans declaring they will not be turning in this season.
Although Dancing With the Stars execs seem to be against the idea of a same-sex couple on the show now, they did previously attempt to recruit Portia de Rossi in 2010 with an offer to let her dance with a woman. De Rossi, who married to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, turned down the proposal. The only same-sex couple to be featured on a version of Dancing With the Stars so far was Gili Shem-Tov and Dorit Milman, who appeared on the Israeli version of the show.
Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 13 premieres Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.