The search for The Greatest Dancer is on – with the BBC confirming multi-platinum-selling singer Cheryl, Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse will lead the search and make up the panel of superstar Dance Captains. The brand-new dance talent show for BBC One on Saturday nights will be hosted by singer and presenter Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, member of multi-award winning dance troupe Diversity.
Auditions for The Greatest Dancer are taking place in Birmingham at the ICC with the series due to air in 2019. The show will feature talent from across the world of dance, from ballet to jazz, hip hop to Bollywood, as dancers give the performances of their lives in the hope of being named The Greatest Dancer. Audiences can expect dramatic auditions, incredible challenges and remarkable live performances as the dancers make a bid to win.
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; and 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 judges are specifically 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. They know what it feels like to be on the other side, and hope to encourage the dancers to be the best they can.