During Season 21 of “Dancing With the Stars,” fans witnessed something they’d never seen on the long-running hit ABC series: two men dancing together. But according to reports, that moment might have been the last time two men will shake it out alone on the ballroom floor.
TMZ reported that the network has crushed the idea of two men partaking in a romantic dance with one another after the idea was pitched to producers. A source divulged to the outlet that when the openly gay musician known as Who Is Fancy was booked to debut his single “Boys Like You” (a song about two men falling in love) during the Nov. 23 show, the artist’s choreographer sent an email to a “DWTS” producer saying it would “be an awesome look to have 2 males dancing with each other.”
— Who Is Fancy (@whoisfancy) November 11, 2015
However, ABC reportedly gave the choreographer a “definitive no” to that idea. Instead, ABC said it would allow “near dancing” between two men during the routine -- like Alek Skarlatos and Carlos PenaVega’s Week 9 performance.
During a group number, the two were tasked with performing together for 30 seconds -- without their female partners. However, the duo failed to impress the judges with their Queen-inspired routine, earning a score of 24 out of a possible 30. In fact, judge Julianne Hough said their performance was a missed opportunity, saying the two didn’t give the show’s first male-male performance the gusto it deserved.
Who Is Fancy will perform on the Nov. 23 show alongside Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor, who are featured on the anticipated single.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.