The Greatest Dancer prize revealed: How the new show works

The Greatest Dancer prize and format explained

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The Greatest Dancer is continues on BBC One this Saturday night but how does it work and what's the prize?

The new series comes from Simon Cowell's Syco production company together with the makers of The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

However unlike its sister shows, the new programme is on BBC One, currently airing Saturday nights at 8PM.

The Greatest Dancer will feature a host of talent from across the world of dance from ballet to jazz and hip hop to Bollywood as they give the performances of their lives.

Hosted by current BGT judge Alesha Dixon and Diversity star Jordan Banjo, the show will feature a unique audition format.

Dance hopefuls will perform in front of a giant two way mirror, much like in a dance studio. On the other side, unseen by them, is a studio audience who can see through and watch their performance.

If the audience like what they see, they can hit a buzzer and if more than 75% of the audience do so the mirror will open, sending the act through to the callback stages.

"I think everyone sitting at home, watching TV, already feels like a judge," Alesha said. "And the fact that they get to be the judge – I think they feel that sense of responsibility, which is what I think separates it."

Also watching on are a trio of dance captains: Singer Cheryl, Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse and Broadway star Matthew Morrison.

Once the auditions are complete, it is time for the call backs as the Dance Captains have the difficult task of choosing just nine of the dancers they would like to mentor onto the next stage of the competition - the live challenge shows.

At this stage, the show goes LIVE for the first time. Every week each of the dancers are set a challenge that they must take on with their Dance Captain to create a performance that will impress the viewers at home and keep them in the competition.

Then in the Live Grand Final, the remaining acts will all perform before the voting lines open once again as viewers at home get to choose who they want to be named The Greatest Dancer, win £50,000 and perform as a very special guest on Strictly Come Dancing.

The Greatest Dancer airs Saturday nights on BBC One.

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