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Matthew Morrison is glee-free, Oti Mabuse is OTT… Cheryl’s just too Bolshoi on The Greatest Dancer

Matthew Morrison is glee-free, Oti Mabuse is OTT... Cheryl's just too Bolshoi on The Greatest Dancer

TELEVISION hell is ­suffering from the corpses of exhibits that thought they might sponge a ­dwelling off the Strictly Come Dancing magic.

Dance Warfare, DanceX, Britannia Excessive, So You Assume You Can Dance, The Nation’s Favorite Dance Moments, Dance Your Ass Off, Acquired To Dance.

 The Greatest Dancer judges: (L-R) Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison, Cheryl


The Greatest Dancer judges: (L-R) Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison, Cheryl

Sadly, the dwelling world is crammed filled with TV executives who assume viewers have the reminiscence of a care-home goldfish.

So there’s one other one prepared for the furnaces now on BBC1.

The Greatest Dancer, which started its run by proclaiming: “This is an audition and a studio like no other.”

Immediately, then, you knew it was an audition present like each different created by Simon Cowell, with tears, journeys, backstage eccentrics and a mic’d up studio viewers who can half the stage mirrors if 75 per cent of them vote for the dancer.


A doddle, frankly, as this lot are suckers for a plucky underdog and a sob story.

There’s additionally greater than a touch of the acquainted concerning the regulars, as we’ve obtained Alesha Dixon and Ashley Banjo’s brother Jordan internet hosting the present and three judges who, to offer it the vaguest phantasm of originality, have been re-branded as “dance captains”.

 The Greatest Dancer budget has clearly gone on Cheryl who is now coming over like she’s Anna-bloody-Pavlova


The Greatest Dancer price range has clearly gone on Cheryl who is now coming over like she’s Anna-bloody-Pavlova

One is Matthew Morrison off Glee and one other is Strictly try-hard Oti Mabuse, who’s quick incomes the nickname OTT Mabuse.

All the cash and a spotlight, nevertheless, have clearly gone on “Cheryl”, who’s nonetheless above having a surname and is now additionally coming over like she’s Anna-bloody-Pavlova, boasting about her time on the Royal Ballet (summer time faculty) and searching correctly exasperated with the studio viewers “who aren’t technically minded” sufficient for Her Ladyship’s liking.

Now and again we’ll additionally get to see one of many contestants, who’re ­competing to win £50,000 and “a slot on Strictly Come Dancing”, the dimensions and scale of which can in all probability rely on the success of this collection.

So anticipate to catch the subsequent glimpse of them mid-October, wheeling on ­Claudia Winkleman’s terms-and-conditions board.

It ought to be an easy strategy of elimination, in fact, as auditions have up to now included “street”, “contemporary”, “freestyle”, “Afro-dance” and plenty of different types that might be positioned underneath the identical umbrella heading of “tw*tting about”.

Strict guidelines of political correctness, although, muddy the waters.

A associate or relative is allowed to plead on their behalf earlier than they’ve even set foot on stage, which means Rudolf Nureyev might flip up right here, spin his ar*e off and nonetheless not get 75 per cent approval until he was bullied at college or had a lifeless granny.

Surprises, then, have thus far been restricted to at least one extremely camp bedroom-dancer referred to as James, ­represented by a lady who dropped each jaw within the theatre when she introduced: “I’m his fiancée.”


That was sufficient of a shock to ship him swinging by means of to the subsequent spherical.

That’s just about your lot, although, as the remainder of the collection has moved with all of the unpredictable thrill and dynamism of your tax returns, even stopping at one level so Amelia, the reception desk flirt, might do a spot of dusting.

If something ever summed up the results of this grinding and predictable strategy to mild leisure, it was the feel-good slogan behind a younger Irish auditionee, referred to as Fionn, on Saturday night time.

“Dance like nobody’s watching.”

Good as completed.

TV Gold

Lee Mack dismantling all-comers on BBC1’s stand-out Would I Lie To You?.

Tom Jones displaying everybody the way it must be accomplished together with his spontaneous model of I Obtained A Lady on The Voice UK.

Ten years of sensible and courageous Twitter hero Rachel Riley on Countdown.

ITV’s Manhunt managing to outlive the ­miscasting of Martin Clunes in the primary position.

And The Paras: Males Of Warfare choice course of proving each bit as brutal and unforgiving as you’d hope. So anticipate some politicians to overlook the purpose totally and make it extra “inclusive”.

Icon-ned by field tickers

ASKED to supply an inventory of the 20th Century’s most iconic explorers, everybody would in all probability identify Scott of the Antarctic, Roald Amundsen, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

Everybody, that is, besides a gaggle of BBC “experts”, who ignored all the above and changed them with Jane Goodall and Gertrude Bell final week.

 BBC PC box-ticking 'experts' replaced iconic explorers with people like Gertrude Bell

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BBC PC box-ticking ‘specialists’ changed iconic explorers with individuals like Gertrude Bell

I don’t even want to elucidate why, clearly.

The names alone inform you it’s all right down to the deranged, obsessive PC box-ticking that governs every part the BBC does and makes a farce of its new voting collection Icons, which has the nerve to say: “We want your opinion.”

It doesn’t, clearly. It needs to impose the BBC’s right-on opinion on you and swallow its rewritten model of 20th Century historical past within the course of.

So for quota-driven causes, Elvis didn’t make the entertainers shortlist and Alexander Fleming was neglected of the final 4 scientists, regardless of discovering penicillin.

However whereas Margaret Thatcher was included among the many political finalists – and, boy, that should have harm the BBC – they completely ignored her Falklands and Chilly Conflict victories in favour of re-styling her as a feminine gender warrior, virtually the very final thing the previous Prime Minister truly stood for.

The episode the place this collection’ barmy ranges of political correctness will actually be laid naked is the Sports activities Stars episode, which has named Labour-supporting Paralympian Tanni Gray-Thompson as one of many 20th Century’s 4 biggest icons, however overlooked Jesse Owens, George Greatest, Usain Bolt, Rod Laver, Olga Korbut, Roger Federer, Eric Liddell, Martina Navratilova, Seb Coe, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Carl Lewis, Diego Maradona, Michael Jordan, Ayrton Senna and even the talisman of our biggest trophy-winning workforce of all, Doug Rougvie.


Reporter of the week

This Morning’s Alison Hammond, 2,500 metres above sea degree, within the ski resort of Val D’Isere, interviewing skiers ­sporting snowboarding gear: “Why are you here?”

Mac & cheese on menu

THE Voice UK contestant Dean Mac is dwelling the dream. How do we all know?

He advised us all, on Saturday night time.

 The Voice hopeful Dean Mac 'unleashed the beast of his showmanship' and ...nothing

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The Voice hopeful Dean Mac ‘unleashed the beast of his showmanship’ and …nothing

“I’m living the dream,” he boasted, “in a really cool penthouse apartment, in the centre of Manchester. Duplex, with a pool table.”

He additionally advised us he carried out “baby-making music,” although the world had been surprisingly sluggish to acknowledge Dean’s “triple threat” potential.

“I went to LA, Paris, Liverpool, as a choreographer/dancer, and in the future a music producer stated, ‘You need to be the front guy’.

“The next stage now is to release the beast of my showmanship and have my craft appreciated.”

So, on Saturday, he unleashed it within the path of the 4 Voice judges and, truthfully, the response was virtually good.

Hardly a critical button flinch or a twitch or a touch certainly one of them was going to chew. The truth is, he’d have had extra luck getting the 4 heads on Mount Rushmore to show.

A response that stated: “If that’s baby-making music, the human race is gone in 100 years’ time.”

The saving grace of the ITV present’s format is that there’s nothing he might do or say to the judges afterwards both.

Dean Mac just needed to trudge again to his “really cool penthouse apartment”.

Dwelling the dream.

Nice sporting insights

Mark Lawrenson: “One thing’s for sure, a goal is a goal and a chance is a chance.”

Chris Kamara: “He headed his shot just over the bar.”

And Jamie Redknapp: “It’s unstoppable because you just can’t stop it.”
(Compiled by Graham Wray).

Nice TV lies and delusions of the month

  • Life After Love Island, Jack: “The whole of the UK wants us to get married.”
  • Superstar Coach Journey, Lisa Maffia and Sugababe Mutya Buena: “We’re musicians.”
  • And The Final Leg Of The Yr, Nish Kumar: “I don’t wish to bring race into this, but . . . ” However let’s face it, he’d haven’t any profession if he didn’t.

Tour guides of the week

ITVBe’s Jack and Dani who, to deal with the thrill of their new couch arriving on Life After Love Island, have been despatched ­packing to Italy and got here up with these gems.

The meals: “Pizza, pasta, ravioli and all that s***.”
The Colosseum: “Some mad s*** went on in there.” The Vatican: “I bet he does ceremonies, like mass and s***.”

I do know. Shut your eyes and you possibly can virtually be there. And s***.

Quiz present dough-balls of the week

Tipping Level, Ben Shephard: “On a computer ­keyboard, the abbreviation PGDN is short for page what?”

Gerry: “Up.”

The Time It Takes, Joe Lycett: “Who wrote Handel’s Water Music?”

Lindsey: “Pass.”

The Chase, Bradley Walsh: “What name links a chocolate bar and a ship on which a mutiny occurred?”

Lauren: “Cadbury.”

And Ben Shephard: “In which century did the Second World War take place?”

Vicky: “21st.”

Random TV irritations

The gormless, cult-like expression newsreaders undertake every time they point out “Saint” Olivia Colman.

Ant & Dec getting a Nationwide Tv Award nomination when 50 per cent of them have spent the yr in rehab.

An epidemic of head-tilting right-on morons telling us: “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”

Unfastened Lady Gloria Hunniford conjuring up a horrific psychological picture when she informed ice-dancing Saira Khan: “I worry about you when the one-hand job comes in.”

And Icons presenter Chris Packham boldly evaluating himself to Marie Curie and Einstein with the statement: “I’m a bit of an outsider too.”

Although, just so we will put their achievements in correct perspective, neither Marie Curie nor ­Einstein ever obtained their very own episode of Superstar Money In The Attic.


 This week’s winner is Ant McPartlin and the cartoon version of Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy

This week’s winner is Ant McPartlin and the cartoon model of Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy

  • Emailed in by Bailey J. Image analysis: Alfie Snelling.

GOOD Morning Britain, Piers Morgan: “I believe in fat-shaming. We need people around us to say, ‘Hey, you’re chunking up a bit’.”

(Clears throat).

Hey . . .

Cheryl breaks down in tears at unimaginable efficiency in first trailer for The Greatest Dancer

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