Hatfield duo James & Oliver survive live week two on BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer
PUBLISHED: 21:23 09 February 2019 | UPDATED: 21:24 16 February 2019
Two talented young dancers from Hatfield have survived another live challenge week on BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer.
With two acts facing the chop tonight, James & Oliver successfully got through the dance contest’s second live show this evening (Saturday).
Part of former Glee star Matthew Morrison’s squad on the programme, the FK Dance Academy duo are now through to the show’s final six acts.
After being the first contestants to perform last week, the Hatfield boys were fourth on tonight after KLA, Dane Bates Collective and Prospects Fraternity.
Their challenge this week was Les Misérables, and they danced a powerful and emotional routine to I Dreamed a Dream, sung by Darren Criss.
The contemporary dancers from Hatfield had been last out of rehearsals on Friday, with James admitting they were a bit worried about a move at the end of their performance.
However, following their stunning Les Mis dance tonight James, 17, and 11-year-old Oliver will now progress to the third live show, with episode seven of the BBC One series to be broadcast on Saturday, February 16.
They are the last act standing for dance captain Matthew Morrison after Company Jinks and Prospects Fraternity were both eliminated after the public vote tonight.
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.
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Dynamic duo James & Oliver wowed the studio audience in the audition stages of the competition screened a fortnight ago with their emotional ‘Fraternal Dance’.
That got them through to the programme’s live shows as one of the nine finalists.
They then successfully got through last week’s first live performance 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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In the talent show, dancers of any age and style compete to win £50,000 and a chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing.
Episode 7 of The Greatest Dancer goes out live on BBC One at 7.35pm on Saturday, February 16.
In next week’s penultimate show of the eight-part series, the remaining dancers are set their last challenge, which they must tackle with their respective dance captain to create an unforgettable performance.
The power is then in the hands of the viewers at home.
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 other remaining acts are Cheryl’s trio of Dane Bates Collective, Frobacks and Harry & Eleiyah, and Oti’s squad dancers Ellie and KLA.
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