Simon Cowell is heading to the BBC with new Saturday night reality show

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Cowell, whose entertainment company is to produce a new talent series, The Greatest Dancer, for ITV’s rival broadcaster – the BBC. (PA)

Simon Cowell’s about to switch from ITV to BBC when it comes to entertaining the weekend masses, with a brand new reality dance show.

His production company SyCo Entertainment will produce a new reality show for prime time Saturday night, called The Greatest Dancer.

SyCo will team up with the BBC to, unsurprisingly, search Britain for the greatest dancer, in a series that’ll likely take a similar format to other popular shows he’s masterminded, such as X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

The BBC’s Kate Phillips said: ‘By launching The Greatest Dancer we want to give the vast array of dance talent across the UK the chance to shine.’

‘I can’t wait to work with Syco and Thames to uncover the talent out there and let our audience critique and celebrate the nation’s unsung dance heroes.’

Nigel Hall, SyCo’s head of entertainment describes the show as ‘jaw-dropping’ and ‘heartfelt’ during the audition process, which looks like it’ll pull on the heartstrings of its audience (both at home and presumably when they get to the live arena shows).

Ant McPartlin (left to right), Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, David Walliams, and Declan Donnelly at the BGT Photocall. (PA)

But we may not be in store for Cowell’s staple nastiness, after Thames TV’s Amelia Brown said the show’s debut will be ‘full of warmth and heart’.

It’s still unclear whether Cowell himself will appear as a judge and currently there’s no confirmed air date, even though Metro claim that names such as Cheryl, Jordan Banjo, and Alesha Dixon are reportedly involved in the show’s pilot.

And just in case you were missing the high-waist music mogul, he’s back on our screens for the upcoming series of Britain’s Got Talent from 14 April.

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