Announcing the news on The Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1 today (Thursday 8th August), Pritchard said he “can’t wait” to welcome hopefuls in the “revamped” receptionist area before their big audition.
“To have left the Love Island villa just 10 days ago and to be so quickly given an opportunity to be a part of a show as amazing as The Greatest Dancer is a dream come true!” he said.
“When I got the call I was so honoured to even be considered for this so the fact it’s happening I can’t quite believe! Dance is my passion and I can’t wait to meet all the contestants in the new revamped reception area”.
He added: “If they are too nervous, I have loads of exercises that are going to build their confidence up, settle them down a little bit and get them ready to perform the best they possibly can.”
View this post on Instagram
I’ve got some really exciting news to tell you – I’m going to be joining the next series of #GreatestDancer on BBC One???? I’ll be hosting all the action in the reception area and meeting all the contestants! It’s an absolute dream come true, dance is my passion and I can’t wait to meet everyone! Make sure you tune in next year to see all the action ????
- Were a lack of ad breaks the reason The Greatest Dancer failed to rock the ratings on Saturday nights?
Of course, before his appearance on Love Island, Pritchard was also a professional dancer on Ireland’s Dancing with the Stars, the country’s version of Strictly Come Dancing. AJ Pritchard, older brother to Curtis, has been a pro on Strictly since 2016 and is due to appear alongside his sibling on the upcoming series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
While Auditions for the upcoming series of The Greatest Dancer begin on 9th August at the ICC in Birmingham, the show won’t return to screens until 2020.
Pritchard’s casting means it’s likely he’ll replace cheeky receptionist Amelia Wilson. RadioTimes.com has reached out to the BBC for comment.
The Greatest Dancer will return to BBC1 in 2020