First look at The Greatest Dancer auditions as new series kicks off

Here's your very first look at new BBC One series The Great Dancer, launching this Saturday evening.

Following the end of Strictly Come Dancing in December, the BBC says the new series will provide us with a new "weekly dancing fix".

Former Strictly Come Dancing champion and former judge Alesha Dixon and Diversity’s Jordan Banjo host the brand new series, which will contain dramatic auditions, outstanding talent and jaw-dropping surprises as dancers give the performance of their lives every Saturday night in The Greatest Dancer.

The brand-new dance talent show will see dancers of any age and dance style competing to win a cash prize of £50,000 and a chance to perform on 2019's series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Leading the charge to discover The Greatest Dancer are a trio of superstar Dance Captains.


There's multi-platinum-selling singer Cheryl; Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison; and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse.

The BBC tease talent from across the world of dance from ballet to jazz, street to ballroom, contemporary to disco.

Acts will perform in front of a giant two way mirror, unable to see the audience who can see through and watch them from the other side.

The crowd watching on has the power to decide the contestants' fate: If they are impressed by the audition, they will vote to open the mirror, if 75 percent of the audience vote YES, the mirror will open and the dancer will make it through to the next stage of the competition, the callbacks.

In the first weekend, we see auditions including soloist Ellie, duos Urban Jokers and TJ & Hamish and group Frobacks. Who will get through to the callbacks and what advice will Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse have to share?

The Greatest Dancer launches tonight on Saturday, January 5 at 8PM on BBC One and will be available on iPlayer shortly after.