The Greatest Dancer starts tonight - preview the first episode

Olly Murs will not be watching Cheryl on The Greatest Dancer tonight

Olly Murs will not be watching Cheryl on The Greatest Dancer tonight

Simon Cowell's new show "The Greatest Dancer" launches its first series this weekend, with Cheryl, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison taking the roles of dance captains.

Seeing the new year in with style, former Strictly Come Dancing champion and former judge Alesha Dixon and Diversity's Jordan Banjo host the brand new series, which will contain dramatic auditions, outstanding talent and jaw-dropping surprises as dancers give the performance of their lives. Before the first episode airs tonight, a selection of first-look images have been released, which you can see below...

Following the audition stage, the three dance captains will then whittle the contestants down to just nine acts, who they will mentor through live shows.

The victor, voted for by viewers, will take home a £50,000 prize and the opportunity to perform as a guest on Strictly later in the year.

The Greatest Dancer peaked at 5.2 million (25.3%), while singing competition The Voice reached 6.1 million (30% share), including ITV plus one, overnight figures show.

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The show also sees a performance from D'relle West whose voguing routine is hampered when the mask he is wearing at the start of his number gets caught in his hair when he tries to pull it off.

"It's insane, but I enjoy that buzz, especially when you're doing something you really love".

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Murs previously laughed off the competition between the shows, telling the Press Association: "The Greatest Dancer is already here on The Voice".

"He added: "'The Voice' has obviously been on TV a lot longer so if anything the pressure is on their show more than ours".

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