The Israeli version of Dancing with the Stars will have a first for the competition — a same-sex dancing duo.

The popular series first aired on British television as Strictly Come Dancing and is now a big hit in the United States and 35 other countries around the world

TV host Gili Shem Tov, who has a female partner in real life, will be competing on the show with professional dancer Dorit Milman when the show's new season starts Nov. 1.

'To me this is the most natural thing to do.' — Gili Shem Tov, TV host

They will be taking turns on the male role in the dances. Tov says it was her decision to partner up with a female dancer. Milman is straight.

"I have realised that dance is about co-ordination and energy between two people, whether female or male," Tov said in a statement this week.

"Because I share my life with a woman and have a family with her, to me this is the most natural thing to do."

The show will also feature an appearance by Canada's Pamela Anderson, who took part in Dancing with the Stars in the U.S. The B.C. native will do some judging and will also perform her own routine.

Twelve celebrities, including Israel's boxing champion Merhav Mohar and singer Sharon Haziz, will compete on the sixth season of the series, which ends in January 2011.