We’re oh so proud! South African dancer Keo Motsepe (along with sexually fluid model Nyle DiMarco) has featured in Dancing with the Stars‘ first ever same-sex dance.
The groundbreaking Judges’ Team-Up Challenge routine was broadcast on Monday night’s episode of the popular American show.
Four dancers – Motsepe, DiMarco, Full House star Jodie Sweetin and professional Peta Murgatroyd – performed a dramatic number, coached by openly gay judge Bruno Tonioli, to music from the opera Carmen.
While the dance started out with the traditional male-female partners, the two women broke off at one point and danced together seductively, before the shirtless Motsepe and DiMarco also performed a ballroom routine together.
Motsepe lifted up DiMarco and swung him around to cheers and applause from the audience.
“This is a Dancing with the Stars first, having same-sex dancing,” said DiMarco, who is proudly deaf, afterwards.
The judges applauded the routine, with Tonioli saying: “You gave a message that is very important.”
Motsepe also commented, “He’s a good dancer and I think dancing with Nyle today just pushed boundaries on the show. I think we can try other things and this is the first one. Jodie and Peta, Keo and Nyle, here we go!”
The 26-year-old Pretoria-born Latin and Ballroom dancer started his competitive career at the age of 11.
In 2012, he joined the cast of the stage show Burn the Floor and two years later became one of the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars (and its first black dancing professional).
The dance was the last for Motsepe this season, however. Despite their boundary-busting number, he and Sweetin were eliminated from the show on Monday.
Nyle won the 22nd season of America’s Next Top Model last year. In October, the 26-year-old New Yorker was asked by a fan on Twitter if he preferred “boys or girls”. He replied simply with, “fluid”, and linked to an article on sexual fluidity.