Big Brother may have been axed by Channel Four but its not all bad news for presenter Davina McCall as she lands a new Dance series for Sky.
Today (Tuesday 25 August, 2009) Sky1 and Sky1 HD announced that Davina McCall will be the new presenter of upcoming dance competition Just Dance, scheduled for broadcast in January 2010. The nine-part series is a Shine TV and Princess Productions co-production for Sky1 and Sky1 HD. Davina will preside over the nationwide auditions, bringing her own inimitable charm and humour to an otherwise tough and competitive audition programme. The Just Dance team are searching for Britain’s best dancers – whatever their style, combination or age. Style, grace, personality, athleticism and timing will all be vital skills for our contestants. The winner of Just Dance must show these qualities from day one and sprinkle themselves with that indefinable star quality that turns the good into great.
“Davina’s charisma, passion and charm – everything that makes her such an exceptional all-round entertainer – have never diminished. It’s this infectious energy that co-workers and audiences alike simply cannot ignore and I’m thrilled that she’s joining the Sky1 family.” – Duncan Gray, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Sky1 HD, Sky1, 2 and 3.
The first round of Just Dance, known as ‘Dancing In The Street’ auditions, will take place in Glasgow, followed by Manchester and London. Huge flash-mob dance routines will be created at all of the audition venues, and only the most entertaining dancers will be invited to a second audition in front of the judges within the Sky ‘Dance Domes’. Following the auditions, the judges will select eighteen acts to make it through to the three semi-finals, and then the best two dance acts chosen from each show will make it to the Grand Final. The winner will be selected by the viewing public. Davina will be there at all stages to guide the contestants through the process. Combining her experience interacting with large crowds and truly engaging with people, she’ll ensure we take viewers on a gruelling, yet once in a lifetime, journey.
“I love the ambition of Sky1 and JUST DANCE is spectacular family entertainment at its best. I can’t wait to get started with the auditions, although the hardest job will be keeping me off the dance floor.” – Davina McCall
The stage is set, now all they have to do is Just Dance. Who has what it takes to be crowned Just Dance Champion 2010? The ‘Dancing In The Street’ auditions will kick off in October 2009 on the following dates:
• Glasgow, 9 – 11 October
• Manchester, 16 -18 October
• London, 28 – 31 October and 1st November
Just Dance will begin on Sky1 and Sky1 HD in January 2010 and looks set to consolidate Sky1’s position as one of the leading entertainment destinations on British television.
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