BBC urged to give The Greatest Dancer another series even if it’s a ratings flop

Dermot O’Leary wants BBC chiefs to give new series The Greatest Dancer a second trot – even if its ratings drop.

The show, starring Cheryl Tweedy, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison, is slipping behind The Voice as it heads to its live stages this weekend, with some four million viewers.

BBC urged to give The Greatest Dancer another series even if it's a ratings flop

The BBC has been urged to give The Greatest Dancer a second series
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But X Factor host Dermot told the Series Linked TV podcast: “I think it just has to bed in.

“It’s not as bad as in America but we have a history over here in recent years of things going for one series, and if they don’t rate through the roof, they get cancelled.

"I’d hate to see that happen to that show. If you’re going to commission a show like that, you may as well commission two to three series and see how it goes, and hold your nerve”

BBC urged to give The Greatest Dancer another series even if it's a ratings flop

The Greatest Dancer has fallen behind The Voice in the ratings
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BBC urged to give The Greatest Dancer another series even if it's a ratings flop

Cheryl and Oti dance together
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Dermot also revealed he wants the same judging panel on X Factor this year – including Robbie and Ayda Williams.

But he admitted the ITV hit needs to “evolve”, adding: “It takes a year for people to get to know each other, for the little in-jokes to bed in.

“Ayda was terrific and I think in terms of the judges last year, we had the three hardest-working judges we’ve had."

BBC urged to give The Greatest Dancer another series even if it's a ratings flop

Dermot has spoken out about The Greatest Dancer
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BBC urged to give The Greatest Dancer another series even if it's a ratings flop

The X Factor judges with Dermot
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Dermot continued: "I mean, Simon not included obviously, because he’s the mainstay.”

Dermot spoke as he launched his new gameshow, Small Fortune, which starts on ITV on Saturday.

Contestants from the public take part in mini challenges similar to those on hit series The Cube.

The Greatest Dancer airs Saturdays at 7.30pm on BBC1.

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