How does the Greatest Dancer work?
The Greatest Dancer does what it says on the tin. It’s a talent show searching for the best dancer, pair or dance troupe from across the country.
Contestants head to the NEC in Birmingham to perform in a dance studio in front of two producers and a large mirror. But if they manage to impress 75% of the audience watching on the other side of that mirror, it opens up and the acts are greeted by dance captains Cheryl, Matthew Morrison, Oti Mabuse and now Todrick Hall.
In the course of the audition rounds, each captain chooses three acts to take through to the live shows. They must then complete a series of dance tasks, and get the audience’s backing, to be crowned The Greatest Dancer.
After the finale of the first series, it was confirmed that The Greatest Dancer will return to BBC One on Saturday 4th January at 7pm.
“We wanted a big joyful show that celebrated extraordinary and memorable dancers of all ages and from all backgrounds and that’s exactly what we got,” said Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment.
“Everyone worked so hard on the show and we can’t wait to go again and see who will manage to open our magnificent mirror!”
Charlotte Moore later added in an interview with Radio Times: “Growing the hits of the future takes time. The Greatest Dancer, a format created from scratch, was no mean feat and reached big family audiences, from very young told, and that will be coming back.”
“Thrilled does not even begin to explain how excited I am to be joining the cast and crew of The Greatest Dancer,” he said. “As a performer who has danced my whole life and been a contestant on a reality competition show, it’s wild to see my career come full circle this way. I’m looking forward to working with the upcoming talent and to join the BBC family for the second season of a show that has proven to be a huge, smashing success.”