The Greatest Dancer: Episode guide and how does it work?

We’re a nation in love with dancing. Well, watching other people dancing at least.

After Strictly Come Dancing, and with ITV’s Dancing On Ice beginning this weekend, there’s now another one to get your teeth into.

The Greatest Dancer starts on Saturday at 8pm on BBC One and a lot is expected.

They’ve signed up Cheryl of course, one of the three dance captains who will be putting people in their place.

"It’s about people, it’s not about celebrity," she says as she gears up for the show.

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The Greatest Dancer: Episode guide and how does it work?

Cheryl says it’s an emotional rollercoaster
(Image: BBC/Syco/Thames/Tom Dymond)

The Greatest Dancer: Episode guide and how does it work?

The captains know they’ve got a tough time ahead
(Image: BBC/Syco/Thames/Tom Dymond)

"Both the Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice are on prime time TV are brilliant, but they’re based around celebrities.

"This is normal people with real talent having an opportunity to shine, and I think that’s amazing."

So what exactly is in store for the viewer and how does it all work?

Sometimes the format of new shows take a while to get your head around so we’ve broken it down so you know exactly what’s going on.

Weeks 1 – 4
 Auditions

The first four episodes of the series sees dancers from ages 7 upwards and performing any dance style they choose travel to The Greatest Dancer studio in their bid to impress the audience, get that all important 75 per cent of the audience vote and open the mirror wall.

Also watching from behind the mirror are the three Dance Captains Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison and of course Cheryl.

The Greatest Dancer: Episode guide and how does it work?

The Greatest Dancer gets under way on Saturday – but what’s in store?
(Image: BBC/Syco/Thames/David Ellis)

Whilst the Dance Captains don’t get to vote, they are watching everything and will be offering their feedback too.

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.

Weeks 5 – 7
 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.

Week 8
 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.

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