Leading the charge to discover The Greatest Dancer for series two are four superstar Dance Captains: multi-platinum-selling singer Cheryl; Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison; Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse and the newest member to the team, American pop star, dancer and choreographer to the stars, Todrick Hall.
Get ready to see talent from across the world of dance from ballet to jazz, street to ballroom, contemporary to disco as they prepare for the biggest audition of their lives.
During the auditions, the audience holds the power. If they are impressed by the audition, they will vote to open the mirror, if 75 per cent of the audience vote YES, the mirror will open and the dancer will make it through to the next stage of the competition – the call backs.
We caught up with dance captain and former Girls Aloud member Cheryl to discuss returning to the show and to find out what she has up her sleeve this year.
How does it feel to be back for series two?
It’s very exciting to be back for series two, especially with the new addition, Todrick, it’s a really, really good vibe!
How has it been welcoming Todrick to The Greatest Dancer team? Has it changed the group dynamic?
Todrick is a very well-informed expert in his field so I find myself listening to him and learning stuff or completely agreeing with every single word he says. It’s been really good welcoming him to the panel.
You made it to the final last year, has coming so close to winning made you more determined this time around?
Coming really close to winning last year has made me even more determined to win this year, but ultimately that’s all to do with who I choose as my talent because they’re the ones that have to get out there every weekend and perform to a live audience.
Has the standard of talent increased this time around?
The standard of talent has been really, really great this series. It’s really interesting watching the different genres of dance. I’ve loved it!
Are there any dance styles you would have liked to see more of?
I would have liked to have seen more tap. There was only one guy that was really amazing at tap and that was it really, there weren’t any females representing it or a group of tap, which I think could be really interesting.
What has been your standout moment from auditions?
It’s probably the 98-year-old woman who came on the show, because I just couldn’t believe that she was still determined enough to put herself through the process of an audition at 98 years old. I found that really inspiring.
Have you done anything differently to prepare for series two?
This year I came in thinking, I need to see somebody I can already visualise on the main stage at the live shows because I didn’t have the experience before. Now I know what to expect so I was looking at them through a different eye.
You have put some amazing videos out for your music, was any of the dancing inspired by TGD?
Last year on the first series I had a group called Frobacks and they did a bit of house dance and I absolutely loved the way they did it. So I took a bit of house, just a few steps, and I added it to my latest music video.
There were a few decisions made by the studio audience that you didn’t agree with last series, are we going to see you be vocal again if people don’t get through?
There are always moments when the mirror doesn’t open, when you’re a bit confused as to what the audience weren’t seeing, but I guess then you have to take that as a sign of what’s to come because you have to depend on the public to vote.
What can we expect from Team Cheryl in series two? What are you going to bring?
I’m gonna bring good vibes, good energy, big performances – and I want it to be all different types of performances. So high energy, slow moments, I want to bring all different flavours so I need my acts to be a variety.
How are you feeling about choosing your final three? Are you going in with a clear game plan?
I’m going into this series knowing what I want to see in the live shows, and that’s the way I’m going to look at them – through my eyes. I’m going to think, can I work with you, and what does that look like on live TV?
You have got a lot of experience as a judge, do you still feel the pressure as a Dance Captain to make the right decisions?
The pressures of a Dance Captain are different to being a judge on any other show because the audience gets the first decision, which eases the pressure from you.
The only pressure I then feel is putting them through to live TV. Can they handle it?
There’s a lot of pressure on my shoulders, but I think I know how to make the right decision.
The Greatest Dancer returns to BBC One on Saturday 4 January at 7pm.
All episodes of series two of The Greatest Dancer will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.