"Dancing With the Same-Sex Stars"?

This season of “Dancing With the Stars” has not been without controversy. From the first reveal of who the “stars” would be to the tiffs between the couples, to the arguments with the judges, every week has brought something new. And now, Carrie Ann Inaba, one of the judges on the show, is saying that she thinks it’s time to welcome same-sex couples on the dance floor.

Portia de Rossi, partner of Ellen DeGeneres, told Ryan Seacrest in a recent interview that she would actually consider coming on the show as one of the first.

“I used to be a ballet dancer,” she said. “It’s not completely a pass. You never know!”

My question is, how would that work? Traditional ballroom begs for a male and female. Everything from the hold, the steps, the parts the two play, the costumes and the choreography is geared for a man and a womanm – so how would two of the same sex work out? First, are there any dance pros currently on the show who would be willing to take on someone of their same sex? Who would play the part of the “man” and who would play the part of the “woman?” And once that’s decided, would it stay that way for every dance? Or would they switch off? It seems to me like things could get confusing rather fast.

And then there’s the question of whether or not the viewers would accept watching a same-sex couple compete. According to Inaba, she thinks they would.

“I think America is ready for that. Our country is much more accepting of same-sex couples and it would be great for the show to reflect that.”

Personal beliefs set aside, I don’t know that it would be the best thing for “Dancing With the Stars.” The show has always pitched itself as being “family friendly” – although some of the costumes and dances suggest otherwise – and having two men or two women doing the rumba in their skivvies may cause some people to tune out.

What do you think about same-sex couples competing on the show? Would you still watch if they allowed it? Do you think traditional dance is ready for such a dramatic change?

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