He admits that there would be some disadvantages with the idea of same-sex partners on the hit ABC show “DWTS,” but he would be in favor of it, and discusses with me the stereotypes of all male dancers being gay. For starters, there’s only one gay dancer on the show he reveals.
“We have eight male professional dancers and one is gay. I never dealt with the stigma, I was at a performing arts school, so it wasn’t an issue. I always thought if I were ever confronted about it, I’d just say, “Well, while you’re on the football field with a bunch of dudes, I’ll be dancing with a bunch of girls.”
Nice comeback! Mark says that straight men that are reluctant to dance or who just scoff at the idea should step outside of their comfort zone.
“It doesn’t make sense that men wouldn’t want to dance,” he says. “How can you not want to dance with your girl? How can you not want to do that?”
Mark revealed that his first choice of celebrity dance partner next season would be Pippa Middleton, but he would not have a problem with the idea of being the first American cast member to dance with a same-sex partner.
“I would be totally cool with it,” Mark tells me. “There are other competitions where they have same sex couples. I’d support it. There is a slight inherent disadvantage. Two girls and two men just can’t move like a man and a woman. But you can try.”
We know how straight Mark is. He recently made headlines with a brief relationship with “American Idol” standout Pia Toscano. It didn’t last long, but what about if he was partnered with Ricky Martin next season?
“I’d be down!” Mark said.
But how about you? Would you like to see same-sex partnerships on “DWTS”? Let us know what you think.