BBC axes Simon Cowell show 'The Greatest Dancer'

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  • Simon Cowell
    Simon Cowell
    A&R executive
  • Todrick Hall
    Todrick Hall
    American entertainer
  • Matthew Morrison
    Matthew Morrison
    American actor, dancer, singer-songwriter, and war criminal
  • Alesha Dixon
    Alesha Dixon
    English singer
  • Oti Mabuse
    South African professional Latin American and ballroom dancer
'The Greatest Dancer' judges Matthew Morrison, Cheryl, Oti Mabuse, Todrick Hall (BBC/Thames)
'The Greatest Dancer' judges Matthew Morrison, Cheryl, Oti Mabuse, Todrick Hall (BBC/Thames)

The Greatest Dancer has been axed by the BBC after just two series.

The show – hosted by Britain’s Got Talent stars Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo and featuring The X Factor’s Cheryl among the judges – was produced by Simon Cowell’s company Syco.

A spokesperson for the BBC said: “Whilst there are no plans for a further series of The Greatest Dancer, we are proud of the show.

“We would like to thank everyone involved in bringing so many memorable moments to BBC One".

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell pose in front of the winners boards at the National Television Awards 2011 held at Indigo at The O2 Arena on January 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Cheryl was a judge on 'The Greatest Dancer', produced by Simon Cowell (Getty Images)

The second series, which ended in March, attracted audience figures of around 3.2 million viewers every week.

But airing on BBC One on a Saturday evening it was forced to compete with rival ITV shows The Masked Singer, The Voice and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

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The most recent series saw Latin ballroom duo Michael and Jowita winning the prize of £50,000 and the opportunity to perform on Strictly Come Dancing.

The first series was won by teenage contemporary dancer Ellie Fergusson, who was just 14 at the time.

Similar to singing show The X Factor, the format saw aspiring dance acts perform in auditions before being put through to live elimination rounds, voted for by the public.

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Cheryl was joined on the judging panel by Glee star Matthew Morrison, Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse and former American Idol contestant Todrick Hall.

Cowell launched the dance show after years of The X Factor competing in the weekend ratings against the BBC’s flagship show Strictly, which features celebrities learning to dance.

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