"Integrity" of So You Think You Can Dance is key, says Louise Redknapp

Louise Redknapp

So You Think You Can Dance 2011 judge Louis Redknapp has said that the "integerity of the show is key". The former popstar, who sits on the judging panel alongside Nigel Lythgoe, Arlene Phillips and Sisco Gomez, insisted that they don't put any novelty acts through to the finals unlike The X Factor.

"Anybody can see when somebody isn’t up to the standard of dance that they need to be for a competition like this," Louise told BBC Breakfast today. "I think there are elements of you falling in love with characters, where there is something about them and you would like to give them a chance to do the next round. But ultimately our final 20 dancers are good dancers in one way or another, in what they choose to do."

The singer insisted that bad dancers wouldn't make it far in the competition, even if they had a lot of public backing. "I think the integrity of the show is pretty key," Louise added.

The ex-singer admitted however she and her fellow judges were kinder to auditionees in the earlier stages of the competition, explaining: "I think in the early stages you have to be kind but I think it gets tougher as the weeks go on and you are looking for those final few. You get tougher and you have to speak your mind."

So You Think You Can Dance 2011 returns to BBC One tomorrow night from 7:10PM.

Subscribe on YouTube