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Girls Aloud singer Cheryl joins the search for BBC One's The Greatest Dancer

The X Factor, Cheryl Cole

Former The X Factor judge Cheryl is returning to TV alongside Glee star Matthew Morrison for BBC One's new Saturday night talent show, The Greatest Dancer.

Girls Aloud and former The X Factor judge Cheryl is returning to TV in BBC One's new Saturday night talent contest, The Greatest Dancer, which will showcase some of the most brilliant movers and shakers from around the world.

The series will be presented by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, and former Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse will join Cheryl on the judging panel of superstar Dance Captains.

The Greatest Dancer, Cheryl, Matthew Morrison, Oti Mabuse

Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison and Cheryl are the Dance Captains on The Greatest Dancer (Picture: BBC)

The show will feature a host of talent from across the world of dance from ballet to jazz, hip hop to Bollywood as they give the performances of their lives in the hope of being named The Greatest Dancer. But who'll make it through from the audition stage to the live shows, where they will be mentored by one of the Dance Captains and hope to take their dance act all the way to the final.

"I’m so excited to be part of The Greatest Dancer!" said Cheryl who has launched a successful solo career since Girls Aloud went their separate ways. "I’m looking for acts with real passion, who are going to push boundaries and give it their all, no matter what challenges are thrown at them. From my own dance background, I know the dedication and commitment dancing takes, I can’t wait to get started."

The Greatest Dancer, Jordan Banjo, Alesha Dixon

Presenters Jordan Banjo and Alesha Dixon (Picture: BBC)

Meanwhile Matthew, who busted some serious on screen moves as high school teacher Will Schuester in Glee and has since appeared on Broadway in Peter Pan musical, Finding Neverland said:

"This is such a powerful moment for me. It’s wonderful to continue bringing music and dance into peoples’ lives like we did on Glee.  Dance is a safe haven that allows us to communicate where words cannot.  It’s an expression of love and empowerment, driven by all the emotions that make us human.  I love being exposed to people who are pursuing art, and expression, and I look forward to being a moving force for good on their journey. As a Dance Captain, my sincere hope is that I can uplift and encourage all the dancers here reach their greatness."

Oti, who has appeared as a professional dancer on Strictly since 2015 adds: "I’m looking forward to finding a dancer who can elicit emotion from the audience, I know how it feels to be on the other side and to be judged and critiqued for your dance or choreography. I’m looking forward to being able to find amazing new talent and help them unlock their greatest potential to become the best dancers they can be, and win the competition. I can’t explain how excited I am to be a part of this show."

Auditions for The Greatest Dancer are currently underway and the series will be shown on BBC One next year