Hatfield dancers James & Oliver reach final of BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer
PUBLISHED: 21:04 16 February 2019 | UPDATED: 14:32 17 February 2019
Two talented dancers from Hatfield are through to the final of BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer.
James & Oliver successfully navigated the dance contest’s semi-final this evening (Saturday) after being set a ‘space’ challenge to Salva Mea 2.0 by Faithless (Above & Beyond Remix).
Part of former Glee star Matthew Morrison’s squad on the programme, the FK Dance Academy stars are now through to the show’s final four next week.
The last act standing for dance captain Matthew Morrison, Oaklands College student James Ashton, 17, and 11-year-old Oliver were the fifth contestants to perform on tonight’s third live show.
The other acts were Cheryl’s trio of Dane Bates Collective, Frobacks and Harry & Eleiyah, and Oti Mabuse’s squad dancers Ellie and KLA.
James and Oliver once again did Hatfield proud in the competition’s semi-final, despite getting only 67% from the studio audience.
Watched in the studio by Simon Cowell, they were the first finalists confirmed after the public vote.
Also reaching the final are Harry & Eleiyah, Ellie Fergusson and KLA.
Frobacks and Dane Bates Collective were both eliminated.
The four finalists will now take to the stage one last time on Saturday, February 23, competing to win £50,000 and a chance to dance on Strictly Come Dancing.
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Made by Simon Cowell’s production company Syco, The Greatest Dancer is presented by Welwyn Garden City’s former Strictly Come Dancing champion and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon and Diversity member Jordan Banjo.
Dynamic duo James & Oliver wowed the studio audience in the audition stages of the competition screened three weeks ago with their emotional Fraternal Dance.
That got them through to the programme’s first live show as one of the final nine acts.
They successfully got through the first live show with their 1920s top-hat-and-tails number responding to their staircase challenge.
The pair practised that routine up and down the stairs of Hatfield Swim Centre, where they regularly train with choreographer Kerry Newell’s dance school FK Dance Academy.
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The contemporary dancers from Hatfield got through their Les Misérables challenge last week (February 9) with a powerful and emotional routine to I Dreamed a Dream.
In the talent show, dancers of any age and style compete to win £50,000 and a chance to perform on BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing.
Episode 8 of The Greatest Dancer goes out live on BBC One at 7.10pm on Saturday, February 23.
James & Oliver’s mentor on the show is American Broadway actor, dancer and singer Matthew Morrison.
Chart-topping singer Cheryl and South African ballroom star and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse are the other two dance captains.
The dance captains and squads opened tonight’s show to Just Got Paid.