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Simon Cowell and Syco produce a new dance show for the BBC

Simon Cowell is producing a new dance show through his company Syco Entertainment  for the BBC.

In a surprising move this will be the first time Simon and Syco have partnered the BBC.

The show will be called The Greatest Dancer and see dancers from across all genres of dance compete in the hope of being named the UK's Greatest Dancer.

The BBC's Controller of entertainment commissioning, Kate Phillips, said: "With the continued success of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC is undoubtedly the home of dance. By launching The Greatest Dancer we want to give the vast array of dance talent across the UK the chance to shine.

"I can't wait to work with Syco and Thames to uncover the talent out there and let our audience critique and celebrate the nation's unsung dance heroes."

Syco entertainment's global head of television, Nigel Hall, said: "The auditions for the pilot episode saw some of the most jaw dropping, heartfelt and moving auditions I've ever seen on a dance show.

Simon Cowell in his London Syco office
Simon Cowell in his London Syco office

"There are some spectacular moments and we are beyond thrilled to have secured this commission over fierce competition. We look forward to working with the BBC team on something just a little bit special."

Thames TV's managing director, Amelia Brown, said the format was "full of warmth and heart with the pilot revealing some incredibly magical moments".

"It's sure to make an unmissable Saturday night treat for the whole family to enjoy."

The pilot show, filmed last month, saw Cheryl  mentor as a “dance captain”, with Britain’s Got Talent presenter Alesha Dixon and Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo hosting the show. 

The series is due to be screened on Saturday nights later this year. 


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