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SYTYCD is the continuation of a US franchise (co-created by Lythgoe) which has, over the past six years, been almost as successful as American Idol.
It is open only to solo dancers aged between 18 and 35.
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The interest lies in seeing them extend their talent into different fields.
As Duncan Gray, commissioning editor for entertainment at Sky, points out, the BBC’s format would have excluded the two dance acts who won Britain’s Got Talent – George Sampson and Diversity – from competing.
“Six million people dance in Britain every week,” he says. We wanted to take a fresh and original approach.” So his programme is open to everyone from six to 60; unlike on SYTYCD, contestants need not have professional experience.
Although the first programme is a round-up of the nationwide auditions, the top 14 dancers have already been chosen – and they are all professional dancers.
What we will see over six weeks of live shows is them learning new styles of dance in routines choreographed by some high-powered choreographers from different fields.
It is dance itself that has been the winner and he thinks that will be true in Britain too.