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Greatest Dancer 2019: Will BBC CANCEL Cheryl's show after SHOCKING ratings? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

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The BBC launched its talent show The Greatest Dancer in the New Year with great fanfare and hopes of replicating the ratings success of Strictly Come Dancing. The Greatest Dancer is fronted by Cheryl, Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse and Glee star Matthew Morrison who serve as judges, while Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo host the programme. Sadly, the show has not managed to live up to the viewing figures of Strictly Come Dancing but will the BBC cancel The Greatest Dancer or recommission another series?

The BBC has not yet announced any decisions about whether it will be axing or renewing The Greatest Dancer as yet.

A BBC spokesperson declined to comment on this article when approached by

Any decision is likely to be made by the broadcaster after the series wraps up later this month.

The Greatest Dancer marks Simon Cowell’s company Syco’s first co-production with the BBC.


The series has been going head-to-head with The Voice UK on rival ITV but The Greatest Dancer has been losing out.

Last week the series pulled in an average audience of 3.4 million viewers, who tuned in to watch the first live show of the competition, according to Tellymix.

The number was slightly less than the week before which saw 3.5 million people (based on overnight figures) watch the last round of auditions and callbacks.

The Greatest Dancer had a strong debut with an audience of 4.7 million people but unfortunately, this dropped to 4.2 million the following week.


Tonight (Saturday, February 9), The Greatest Dancer will continue at 7.35pm as the remaining eight acts battle it out in another live challenge show.

Again, the dancers will take on a new challenge and perform with their dance captain in the hopes of wowing audiences and the rest of the judging panel.

Once all the contestants have performed, the voting lines will be thrown open with the public deciding who will stay and who gets sent home.

Each contestant will be hoping to bag the £50,000 prize money and the chance to showcase their moves on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing and take the coveted title of The Greatest Dancer.

Along with the show’s mixed ratings success, West End star Louie Spence has hit out at judge Cheryl, questioning her experience.


In an interview with New Magazine, the Pineapple Dance Studios star said: “I don't think she's the right person.”

Spence continued: “Is she someone like Bruce Forsyth? No. I personally don't think she's a national treasure.”

He added: “Oti has a lot of personality and is bubbly and maybe Cheryl feels she needs to be more quiet because she's not really an expert in dance.” has reached out to representatives of Cheryl for comment on these reports

The Greatest Dancer airs on BBC One tonight at 7.35pm

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