Same-sex couple for Israeli Dancing With the Stars

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Israel’s version of Dancing With the Stars is to include a same-sex couple for the first time.

TV presenter Gili Shem Tov, who is a lesbian, will be paired with professional female dancer Dorit Milman in the new series which starts next month.

Ms Milman is straight, while Ms Tov has a female partner and family.

Ms Tov said told the BBC: “I have realised that dance is about co-ordination and energy between two people, whether female or male.

“The challenge to dance with a woman in a public contest interested me because it’s unique and has never been done before.

“Because I share my life with a woman and have a family with her, to me this is the most natural thing to do.”

Series producer Asaaf Gil said he was “extremely proud to have a same-sex couple in the new season.

Dancing With the Stars, known as Rokdim Im Kokhavim in Israel, will also feature guest appearances by former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, who will act as a judge.