Cheryl Tweedy, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse are the superstar Dance Captains on the series hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo which begins early next month.
“I’m so excited to be part of The Greatest Dancer! I’m looking for acts with real passion, who are going to push boundaries and give it their all, no matter what challenges are thrown at them. From my own dance background, I know the dedication and commitment dancing takes, I can’t wait to get started.” – cheryl
While Strictly Come Dancing may have recently come to its annual conclusion, the Beeb are heading back to the dance floor in January with The Greatest Dancer. The brand-new dance talent show for BBC One Saturday nights is hosted by singer, presenter and former SCD champion Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, member of multi-award winning dance troupe Diversity.
The Greatest Dancer promises to be one of the most inclusive, diverse and unique dance competitions around – literally nothing is off limits! Individual dancers, duos and groups, from the ages of 7 to 70+ in any dance discipline whatsoever are invited to see if they have what it takes to be named The Greatest Dancer and waltz off with £50,000 and perform as a special guest on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The show will feature a host of talent from across the world of dance from ballet to jazz, hip-hop to Bollywood as they give the performances of their lives.
“This is such a powerful moment for me. It’s wonderful to continue bringing music and dance into peoples’ lives like we did on Glee. Dance is a safe haven that allows us to communicate where words cannot. It’s an expression of love and empowerment, driven by all the emotions that make us human. I love being exposed to people who are pursuing art, and expression, and I look forward to being a moving force for good on their journey. As a Dance Captain, my sincere hope is that I can uplift and encourage all the dancers here reach their greatness.” – Matthew Morrison
The beeb suggest viewers can expect ‘dramatic auditions, incredible challenges and remarkable live performances as dancers swing, swirl and sashay onto the stage each week.’ Leading the charge to discover The Greatest Dancer will be the three Dance Captains, who have a wealth of experience in dance and performance.
Cheryl has scored nine No.1 singles in her career to date and is an experienced dancer and performer; Oti is a star of Strictly Come Dancing and an eight-time Latin American champion in South Africa while Matthew is a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Broadway legend and star of TV hit Glee.
The Dance Captains will have the tough job of whittling down the acts that get through the audition stage before picking who they want to mentor and take through to the live shows. The series will start on Saturday 5th January at 8pm on BBC One.
“I’m looking forward to finding a dancer who can elicit emotion from the audience, I know how it feels to be on the other side and to be judged and critiqued for your dance or choreography. “I’m looking forward to being able to find amazing new talent and help them unlock their greatest potential to become the best dancers they can be, and win the competition. I can’t explain how excited I am to be a part of this show.” – Oti Mabuse