Just a few weeks ago we were all bristling with excitement at the first same-sex dancing couple dominating the Danish version of Dancing With the Stars. Now we’re even more pleased to inform you that that couple, comedian Jakob Fauerby, 42, and his dancing partner Silas Holst, 36, are now the winners of the dancing competition!
That’s right, the gays aren’t just appearing on every TV show — we’re winning them!
When Fauerby, who is openly gay, was first approached to be on the show, he asked to be paired with a male dancer, something that hadn’t happened in 16 seasons of the Danish version of the show, called Vild med dans.
As Out previously reported, the first-of-its-kind couple were a favorite of fans and the judges from the very beginning, getting the highest scores in four out of the show’s eight episodes this season. In the championship, they danced a paso doble that earned cheers and praises from the judges.
“What do I say? It's fantastic,” Fauerby told Danish news site BT after taking home the proverbial crown, adding: “For once, I am speechless.”
His partner was a little more eloquent. “We would not have stood here if Denmark did not have an open mind and also had courage and dared to do so,” Holst said. “It's a sense of pride, the pride of diversity, and the Danes.”
The U.S. version of the show has yet to feature a same-sex couple, though gay Olympic skater Adam Rippon, who was paired with dancer Jenna Johnson, won the competetion in 2018, becoming the first openly LGBTQ+ person to do so. This year’s winner was former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, who is straight.