The Greatest Dancer could be axed – but no decision has been made just yet

The second series crowned its winners last weekend

Programme Name: The Greatest Dancer - TX: 07/03/2020 - Episode: n/a (No. 9) - Picture Shows: ***Live Show*** Oti Mabuse, Michael and Jowita - (C) Thames/Syco - Photographer: Tom Dymond

The Greatest Dancer could face cancellation after two series on BBC One, following an underwhelming ratings performance.


The talent show from Simon Cowell’s production company features Strictly champion Oti Mabuse alongside Todrick Hall, Matthew Morrison and Cheryl as so-called “dance captains.”

They each take on three dance acts to bring to the live shows, where they compete for £50,000 and the chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing.

The most recent series concluded last weekend with Mabuse’s act, ballroom and Latin dancers Michael and Jowita, taking home the top prize.

However, with only 2.8 million tuning in to watch the finale, fewer than ITV’s The Voice UK and even BBC One’s very own Casualty, the series could face the axe.

A source has told The Sun that the crew of The Greatest Dancer have been told not to expect the series to be recommissioned. approached the BBC for comment and a spokesperson said that “no decision has been made” on the future of the show.


The Greatest Dancer will be back in the spotlight on Friday night for a celebrity special taking place as part of Sport Relief 2020, featuring the likes of Alexandra Burke, McFly’s Harry Judd, Olympian Louis Smith and social media star Saffron Barker.