The Greatest Dancer to return in 2020 with a second series on BBC One

The Greatest Dancer will be back in 2020 for a second series, the BBC Has announced.


The first ever series of the new dance competition concluded live tonight as the winner was crowned after eight weeks.

Featuring the UK’s best dancers competing to become The Greatest Dancer, the BBC has commissioned creator Syco Entertainment and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK) to produce a second series for BBC One.

Series one of The Greatest Dancer launched in January with an average of 5.5m consolidated viewers and became the strongest launch episode for a new BBC One entertainment series since The Voice UK in 2012 for 4 to 34 year-olds as well as BAME viewers.

The BBC say the series is currently fully consolidating (+28 days across all devices) at an average of 5.4m and doing particularly well with 16-34 year olds. It is the channel’s youngest unscripted prime-time show currently on air.

The second series of The Greatest Dancer will again feature a host of new dancing talent from across the world as they take to the stage to give performances to transform their lives.

Kate Phillips, Controller BBC Entertainment, said: “We wanted a big joyful show that celebrated extraordinary and memorable dancers of all ages and from all backgrounds and that’s exactly what we got. Everyone worked so hard on the show and we can’t wait to go again and see who will manage to open our magnificent mirror!”

Nigel Hall, Global Head of Television for Syco Entertainment, added: “The Greatest Dancer is a joyous, uplifting and exciting show. We have loved making this first series. We are absolutely delighted the programme will return to screens on BBC One in 2020 – and are looking forward to continuing our working relationship with the BBC.”

Amelia Brown, Managing Director, Thames TV, commented: “We are thrilled The Greatest Dancer will return to BBC One for a second series. TGD is such a warm show and we have been so impressed with how the audience has responded to it, particularly younger viewers who have really embraced it.


“We are really excited to be working with the BBC again and can’t wait to begin our search for more amazing dancers.”

To apply to be on The Greatest Dancer, find out more information from The minimum age limit is 7 (no upper age limit).