ITV sashays into Strictly territory with Dance Dance Dance

Dance Dance Dance comes to ITV soon
Dance Dance Dance comes to ITV soon

A new treat for dance fans as ITV brings us Dance Dance Dance to brighten up Sunday evenings this winter.

Created by the makers of The Voice, which will also air on ITV this year, Dance Dance Dance will feature celebrities and a partner of their choice – a friend or family member – in reimagining iconic dance routines from movies, pop videos and West End shows, with no expense spared on bringing to life the original scene.

Celebrities taking part will be JLS singer, JB Gill, actress Lucy Jo Hudson (Wild at Heart, Coronation Street) reality star Jessica Wright from TOWIE, actor Jonny Labey (Eastenders) and Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade.

The show promises to be of an exceptionally high standard, with critique by three outstanding choreographers: Ashley Banjo, from Britain’s Got Talent winning street dance crew, Diversity, Tina Landon, who has choreographed for Michael Jackson, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, and Timor Steffens, who judges on other European versions of the show and who has worked with Beyonce and Usher.

All couples will compete for the first three weeks before the first elimination, with subsequent eliminations leaving two couples to fight it out in the final. The judges scores will decide who goes, although the viewers can get involved in the show via an interactive app.

Hosting the show will be former Strictly Come Dancing champion and judge, Alesha Dixon, who says: “The art of dance has always played a big part in my life so this show is the perfect fit for me. The standard of dance is very high and I can’t wait for the public to see these iconic performances brought back to life.”

She will be joined by Will Best, who said: “I’m so excited to be hosting Dance Dance Dance alongside the fabulous Alesha Dixon. I can’t wait to see what routines the celebs and their partners will be performing.”

The show will appeal to those Strictly fans who prefer to watch quality dancers than see non dancing celebrities learn to dance – and will therefore be free of the ‘ringer’ accusations that plague contestants with a stage school background.

Whether it will accrue the same loyal following that Strictly has, only time will tell. It’s seems much closer in format to So You Think You Can Dance, although shy of the would be professional dancers. As we know, SYTYCD didn’t garner enough support to be continued; let’s hope Dance Dance Dance fares better – because you can never have enough dancing on the telly!

The show runs for six weeks and begins on Sunday 8th January from 6.30pm for 90 minutes.

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