Earlier this year, thousands of dancers auditioned to take part in Sky1’s brand new dance contest Got To Dance. Edinburgh, Manchester and London played host to the giant Dance Dome where hopefuls came to strut their funky stuff in front of an expert dance panel consisting of Diversity lead choreographer Ashley Banjo, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, and Coyote Ugly and West End star Adam Garcia. Host Davina McCall was on hand to congratulate or comfort those who managed or failed to make the grade
Davina commented: “I’ve always been into dancing, I love watching amazing dancers of any sort and through this programme I’ve found an even deeper respect for dance!”
Got To Dance, launching early January on Sky1, begins with three rounds of action-packed audition shows, charting the judges’ tour of the UK to unearth the most exciting, undiscovered raw dance talent the country has to offer. Solo dancers, duos and troupes can all be seen giving it their all in an effort to get the coveted ‘gold star’ approval to see them through to the next round. 98 acts in total made the shortlist, and following the auditions the judges must deliberate over which 18 will make it through to the next stage. However, the judges found that it wasn’t as simple as they’d hoped and six acts must perform a dance off in the fourth episode to help them decide who will be the final three acts to qualify. Adam, Ashley and Kimberly will then visit the homes of the lucky 18 to deliver the great news.
The 18 acts will then take to the dancefloor before the judges again, this time live in front of the nation for three semi-finals. From each semi-final, the public will decide via phone vote which two acts will go through to the live final. In this 90-minute action-packed finale, the final six will then be whittled down to a final three, and then those three will battle it out to be crowned winner of Got To Dance 2010.
Got To Dance judge Ashley Banjo commented: “I’m looking for real talent. The winner needs to be unique and a great performer.” The winning act will take home £100,000 and can be any age, of any size and in terms of dance style – anything goes, it’s just got to impress! The judges are looking for style, grace, personality, athleticism and timing. Kimberly Wyatt said: “The show is about finding the best dancer, so overall performance is crucial. I am looking for acts that are creative and passionate, with technique.” Adam Garcia added: “I’m looking for natural dancers with free spirit.”
To get those dancing feet tapping until the series launches in January, Sky1 are airing a warm up show on Sunday 20 December, where viewers will be introduced to the show, Davina, the judges and the highs and the lows of the auditions are previewed.
The dance spectacular gets its groove on from the week commencing January 2, starting with a two hour explosive special, only on Sky1.