Got To Dance axed by Sky1 after five years

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Sky1 has axed its popular talent contest Got To Dance after five series, it's been confirmed.

The show - which launched in 2010 and was hosted by Davina McCall - saw judges Ashley Banjo, Kimberly Wyatt and Adam Garcia search for the UK's best dancers from all genres.

Viewers voted for their favourites during spectacular live finals, with the winner walking away with a £250,000 cash prize.

It was known for its incredibly high standard of talent, and regularly ranked among the top 10 most watched programmes on the pay TV broadcaster.

However, it has now decided to bid farewell to Got To Dance later this year after one last special episode.

Adam McDonald, the director of Sky1, said: "Got To Dance has been a defining show which we are very proud of. However, now feels the natural time for the series to take its bow.

"I'd like to thank our contestants, the fantastic production team, Davina McCall for being such a tremendous host and our judging panel - Ashley Banjo, Kimberly Wyatt and Adam Garcia - who brought unparalleled levels of dance talent and expertise to the television talent show."

The news comes almost two months after the fifth series, which saw a dip in the ratings.

Got To Dance traditionally aired between January and March, when it was able to hit 1million viewers.

However, this year bosses shot themselves in the feet by moving it to August - despite its former sister show Must Be The Music proving a flop in the summer months.

The latest run - won by street duo Duplic8 - aired over just four weeks, with the highest rating episode coming in at 757,000 viewers.

Got To Dance has been produced in five other countries following its success in the UK, including Germany, where Take That member Howard Donald sits on the judging panel.

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