The Dancing On Ice audience cheered as same-sex dance partners, Ian "H" Watkins and Matt Evers, made history when they became the first same-sex pair on the show.

Steps singer Watkins danced with professional skater Evers to Panic! At The Disco's High Hopes.

The 43-year-old cried after the performance explaining why dancing with a man was important to him, saying he felt: "Emotional because I have wanted this for so long and it means so much to so many people. And the world is ready for this."

Dancing On Ice's new judge John Barrowman was also emotional and explained it was because the pair "represent someone who is like me".

In an interview before the programme, Watkins said: "Before we had our first couple of training sessions I was very prepared for it to be very different. But from the moment we got on the ice and we started working together it feels normal."

He added: "I don't want us out there and on the show in here, I don't want us to look different, I don't want it to feel different, or be treated differently."

"This first routine is about humanity, this first routine is about progression within the world right now and there is so much negative press that's going on in the world that I was very sensitive to the fact that I wanted to feel good and I want it to look good you know?" he said.

"Before the show began the pair said that it was about progression in the world today. It feels completely normal, we don't expect to be treated differently."

After they had performed, the pair wrote on social media:

Delighted viewers also tweeted how happy they were to see a same-sex couple performing on primetime TV.