The corporation announced its first-ever partnership with the showbiz mogul’s company, and the forthcoming show will feature famous talent judges Cheryl, 34, and Alesha Dixon, 39.
New venture: Simon Cowell will team up with the BBC for the first time to produce a prime time dancing competition, The Greatest Dancer
Syco will work with Thames TV – the entertainment arm of FremantleMedia UK – for the show – called The Greatest Dancer – and will see dancers from across all genres of the art form compete in the hopes of being named the UK’s Greatest Dancer.
The pilot for the dancing competition was filmed earlier this year, and starred former X Factor judge Cheryl, alongside Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha Dixon.
Greatest Dancer will mark the first time Cheryl will return to prime-time TV screens since leaving the series in 2015 and giving birth to son Bear in March 2017.
Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo hosted the pilot, while Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse and Glee’s Matthew Morrison were mentors to the contestants.
Comeback: Greatest Dancer will mark the first time Cheryl, 34, will return to prime-time TV screens since leaving The X Factor in 2015 and giving birth to son Bear in March 2017
Dream team: The pilot for the dancing competition was filmed earlier this year, and also starred Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, 39
With the success of Strictly Come Dancing giving the BBC a push on the Saturday night ratings battle, the corporation’s controller of entertainment commissioning, Kate Phillips, explained the new show could give dancing an even bigger platform.
Kate added: ‘With the continued success of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC is undoubtedly the home of dance.
‘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.’
New challenge: Simon’s production company – Syco Entertainment – will work with Thames TV – the entertainment arm of FremantleMedia UK – for the show
Talented mentors: Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo hosted the pilot, while Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse and Glee’s Matthew Morrison (pictured) were mentors to the contestants
Syco entertainment’s global head of television, Nigel Hall, said: ‘The auditions for the pilot episode saw some of the most jaw dropping, heartfelt and moving auditions I’ve ever seen on a dance show.
‘There are some spectacular moments and we are beyond thrilled to have secured this commission over fierce competition.
‘We look forward to working with the BBC team on something just a little bit special.’
While transmission times have yet to be confirmed, there is a possibility that prime time viewing on a Saturday night could be dominated by shows produced by Simon’s company.
Saturday night staples, such as Syco’s already successful The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent, could go head-to-head in the ratings against The Greatest Dancer if they are scheduled for broadcast at the same time.
Professional: Strictly pro Oti Mabuse (L) will bring her experience of the ballroom to the new BBC competition