BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer captains – Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse – have now confirmed which nine contestants have made it to the competition’s live shows. And, for some, there are two big names missing.
Neither Andrew, who has Down’s Syndrome, or Chris, who is deaf, made it through to the show’s next stage. And many viewers were disappointed at the result.
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Although 21-year-old Andrew left Cheryl in floods of tears at his original audition, Oti decided not to advance the dancer to the show’s next stage.
Tearing up as she announced the news to him, Oti said: “The audience absolutely erupted when you came onto the floor but I have to say that you are not in my final three.
“I’m so sorry from the bottom of my heart, because I do really, really love you.”
Similarly, Chris was turned away by Cheryl, who told him: “Chris, you are an inspiration, not only to me but to many for so many reasons.
“You’re fresh, you’re cool, you’re slick… however I can tell you that I’m sorry but I can’t take you any further forward in the competition.”
Fans were disappointed that neither act had made it through, with some saying they would like to have seen people with disabilities represented in the live shows.
— Emma Gillespie (@emmagillespie14) January 26, 2019
— natalie pegg (@nataliepegg) January 26, 2019
Gutted Andrew didn’t make the final of #thegreatestdancer. I’m biased as my Nephew has Downs but either he or Chris would have been great representation for people with disabilities.
— Katie Jones (@TraviataJones) January 27, 2019
I loved #thegreatestdancer sum acts have been very inspiring made me cry gutted it's these who showed great talent & overcame personal struggles/disabilities showing no matter what they can do it and they didn't get thru. No Andrew no AWA no Chris #nogood #bringthemback #diverse
— Lisa Crooks (@lisab2thec) January 26, 2019
However, other viewers are just excited to see the final nine contestants in action next week.
— Barnsey (@officialbarnsey) January 26, 2019
So who are the final nine? Here’s the full list of the remaining contestants and their captains:
- Dane Bates Collective
- Harry and Eleiyah
- Ellie Fergusson
- The Globe Girls
- Company Jinks
- James & Oliver
- Prospects Fraternity
The Greatest Dancer continues 7.30pm Saturday, BBC1