Carson Kressley Almost Paired With Male Partner On "DWTS"

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|  Thursday, Sep 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:33 PM EDT
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Carson Kressley Almost Paired With Male Partner On "DWTS"

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TV Personality Carson Kressley was nearly paired with a same-sex partner.

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Former "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" star Carson Kressley will dance with professional Anna Trebunskaya, but a "Dancing with the Stars" producer has revealed that they once considered pairing him with another man.

"We thought about it," "DWTS" executive producer Conrad Green told E! Online.

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Green explained that they ultimately decided to stick with traditional ballroom dancing guidelines.

"We try to follow what happens in real ballroom competitions," Green continued. "That was the original intention of the show. And while we are aware that there are same-sex couples, the competitions are usually mixed-gendered."

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Green said he has no doubt that Carson and Anna will bring the fire to the ballroom.

"It's a performance, like actors, so we don't think it's odd pairing up dancers with incompatible sexual preferences, but based off abilities," he continued.

AH Nation: Which guy are you most excited to see hit the ballroom? VOTE HERE!

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The new season of "DWTS" will premiere on Monday, September 19, in a two-hour show, at 8 PM ET/PT.

The following night, ABC will air "Dancing with the Stars: Meet the Cast," which airs at 8 PM, followed at 9 PM by the first "DWTS" results show.

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