Simon Cowell bringing new dance show to BBC
26 March 2018 - 11:00 AM

Simon Cowell bringing new dance show to BBC

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Simon Cowell is making a dance talent show for the BBC.

The 58-year-old music mogul - who already has "The X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" in his arsenal - has produced "The Greatest Dancer", which comes off the back of ballroom and Latin show Strictly Come Dancing's success on the channel.

Kate Phillips, controller entertainment commissioning for the BBC, said: "With the continued success of "Strictly Come Dancing", the BBC is undoubtedly the home of dance.

"By launching "The Greatest Dancer" we want to give the vast array of dance talent across the UK the chance to shine.

"I can't wait to work with Syco and Thames to uncover the talent out there and let our audience critique and celebrate the nation's unsung dance heroes."

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"The Greatest Dancer" will allow members of the public to participate and promises to feature dances across hip-hop, jazz, Bollywood and contemporary genres.

The show, which is the first partnership between Simon's Syco Entertainment and Thames, will last for eight episodes and air on Saturdays, with the pilot scheduled for spring 2019.

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According to The Sun newspaper, former "X Factor" judge Cheryl - who has 12-month-old son Bear with Liam Payne - appears in the first episode as a mentor.

Britain's Got Talent's Alesha Dixon and "Dancing on Ice" panellist Jordan Banjo - who shot to fame as part of dance troupe Diversity on "BGT" - are expected to co-host the show, with "Strictly" professional Oti Mabuse and former "Glee" star Matthew Morrison in line to coach.

Nigel Hall, global head of television for Syco, added: "The auditions for the pilot episode saw some of the most jaw-dropping, heartfelt and moving auditions I've ever seen on a dance show. There are some spectacular moments, and we are beyond thrilled to have secured this commission over fierce competition."

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