Darren Kennedy calls for DWTS to introduce same sex couples during switch-up week

The TV presenter is paired with pro dancer Karen Byrne

Darren Kennedy and Karen Byrne

Darren Kennedy thinks Dancing With The Stars should take the opportunity to introduce same sex couples during switch-up week.

Every year, the contestants take on the switch-up challenge – which sees them swap their pro dance partners for one week only.

Darren appeared on The Late Late Show last night, and was asked if he’d like to see the show introduce same sex couples for the first time in history.

“When I was chatting to Lorraine the judge the other day and she teaches same-sex couples to dance and there’s a lot of it in the competitive world apparently,” Darren replied.

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“I think why not? It’s representative of the audience at home. I mean, our Taoiseach is a happily, dancing, gay man. It’s not a big deal really to see two men dancing.

“It hasn’t been done on Strictly in the UK, I think Italy may have done it or somewhere like that. It’d be a bit of craic.”

It comes after Darren recently opened up about being bullied at school, and how he recently came face to face with one of his tormentors.

He told The Sun: “It was tough at St Aidan’s but my whole mantra was to get through it alive. I wasn’t a dweeb by any means. I was tall so long as no one put a hand on me, I tried to ignore it. But I did get called all sorts of names, like f*****t etc.”


“It was really tough and it breaks my heart that there might be young people being bullied due to their sexuality today.

“I struggle to remember the bullies now but I met one of them in the pub lately. I didn’t recognise him. In fairness he was congratulating me on what I’d achieved and being very pleasant.


“Everyone changes, and you’re not the same person at 35 as you were at 16, and people realise they did things that weren’t great. I still hate bullies and I’ve encountered a few more in my adult life.

“This stuff does have an impact. It’s how you mould and manipulate that to your advantage which makes you who you are,” he added.