Got to Dance

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Got to Dance
Got-To-Dance-33.jpg
Genre Reality talent show
Format Dance competition
Presented by Davina McCall
Judges Ashley Banjo
Kimberly Wyatt
Adam Garcia (2010–12, 2014–)
Aston Merrygold (2013)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Ireland
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 58 (inc. 4 "Warm Up" shows)
Production
Location(s) Auditions:
Various cities (2010–12)
Clapham Common (2013)
Roundhouse (2014–)
Live shows:
Pinewood Studios (2010–12)
Shepperton Studios (2013)
Earls Court (2014–)
Final:
Olympia, London (2011–13)
Earls Court (2014–)
Running time 30–90 mins
Production company(s) Princess Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Sky1
Picture format 16:9 (1080i HDTV)
Original run 20 December 2009 (2009-12-20) – present
Chronology
Related shows Got to Dance: Auditions Uncut
International versions
External links
Website

Got to Dance, originally titled Just Dance,[1] is a reality talent show dance competition that has been broadcast on Sky1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 20 December 2009. Auditions for the show were held in specially built "Dance Domes" and are open to all dance acts of any age, style or size but must be of an amateur level.

The show is broadcast on Sky1, also in high definition, and is hosted by Davina McCall, with Ashley Banjo and Kimberly Wyatt as judges. In series 1 to 3, Adam Garcia was a judge but was replaced by Aston Merrygold in series 4.[2] However on 31 January 2014, Merrygold announced that he would be leaving the show.[3] Garcia returned as a judge for series 5 in 2014.[4] Since series 2, the prize money is £250,000 for the winning act.

Format[edit]

There are five stages to the competition:

  • Stage 1: Producers' auditions (these auditions decide who will perform in front of the judges, but they are not broadcast or acknowledged on the show)
  • Stage 2: Judges' auditions
  • Stage 3: Callbacks (some acts may have to perform again at this stage for a place in the semi-finals)
  • Stage 4: Live Semi-finals (each act performs in one semi-final, with only two advancing to the final)
  • Stage 5: Live Final

Voting[edit]

Viewers in both Ireland and the United Kingdom can vote via Phone, Red Button (through Sky TV only) or via the official iPhone application, which was introduced in the second series. Viewers can vote for free using their website, which was introduced in the fourth series.

Series overview[edit]

Series Year(s) Time Main presenter Judges Winner (dance style) Prize money
1 Winter 2010 January–February Davina McCall Ashley Banjo
Adam Garcia
Kimberly Wyatt
Akai Osei (Street) £100,000
2 Winter 2011 January–February Chris and Wes (Street) £250,000
3 Winter 2012 January–March Prodijig (Irish stepdance)
4 Winter 2013 January–March Ashley Banjo
Kimberly Wyatt
Aston Merrygold
Lukas McFarlane (Contemporary)
5 Summer 2014[5] August Ashley Banjo
Kimberly Wyatt
Adam Garcia

Series 1 (2010)[edit]

Auditions for the first series were held in October 2009 in Edinburgh, Manchester and London.[6]

The winning act, 10 year old Akai, won the £100,000 prize money.[7]

Semi-finalists[edit]

First Semi-final – 24 January 2010 Second Semi-final – 31 January 2010 Third Semi-final – 7 February 2010 Grand Final – 14 February 2010
Contestants Emily, Martin Sierra, Parallel, Status, Jukebox Juniors, Bhangra Heads Kane Ricca, DNA, Beyond Repair, Matthew Koon, MJ Latin, Raw Edge Unity Youth, Dance Dynamix, Akai Osei, Eclipse, The Box, Fancy Feet Emily, Jukebox Juniors, Matthew Koon, MJ Latin, The Box, Akai Osei
Advanced to Final Emily and Jukebox Juniors Matthew Koon and MJ Latin The Box and Akai Osei Akai Osei (Winner)

Live show chart summary[edit]

Legend
Winner Runner-up Third place
Won Semi Final Did Not Dance Eliminated
Show Contestant Result
SF 1 SF 2 SF 3 Final
Final Akai Osei Advanced Winner
Jukebox Juniors Advanced 2nd
The Box Advanced 3rd
Emily Advanced 4th
Matthew Koon Advanced 5th
MJ Latin Advanced 6th
Semi
Final 3
Dance Dynamix 3rd
Unity Youth 4th
Fancy Feet 5th
Eclipse 6th
Semi
Final 2
Kane Ricca 3rd
Raw Edge 4th
DNA 5th
Beyond Repair 6th
Semi
Final 1
Status 3rd
Bhangra Heads 4th
Parallel 5th
Martin Sierra 6th

Series 2 (2011)[edit]

A second series of Got to Dance began with a special "Warm Up" show that was broadcast on 19 December 2010 then fully on 2 January 2011. The prize money for the second series was £250,000, the largest cash give-away on a television talent show (at the time).

The format of the second series of Got to Dance was slightly different to the first series. There were eight audition shows followed by four live semi-finals, and a live final at Olympia, London on 27 February 2011 in front of an audience of 6,000 people. The dance dome auditions for the series were held in Glasgow, Dublin & London.

The winning act, Chris and Wes, won the £250,000 prize money.

Callbacks[edit]

At the Callbacks, the judges could not decide between eight of the acts so they organised a dance-off to fill the last four semi-final places. The acts in each category had to “face-off” their opponent with one dance; the judges then decided the winner of the each "face-off" and that act went through to the live semi-finals.

The eight acts in the dance-off were:

  • Alleviate (won) vs Sean and Stacey,
  • Dance Dynamix (won) vs Frameous,
  • Lauren Hair (won) vs Natalie,
  • Addam McMillian vs Crazy Popper (paired as duo named Liquid Metallic)

Semi-finals[edit]

The live semi-finals for Got to Dance 2011 began on Sunday 30 January 2011. There were seven acts in each live semi-final (28 in total). Each act performed in one semi-final each with only 2 advancing to the final. The judges awarded gold stars to the acts they believed deserved a place in the final.

Semi-final 1 (30 January)[edit]

Order Contestant(s) Stars Result
Adam Kimberly Ashley
1 Cerebro
Eliminated
2 Podilya
Eliminated
3 Luke
Eliminated
4 Chris and Wes
Advanced
5 Eruption
Eliminated
6 Alleviate
Advanced
7 Ghetto Fabulous
Eliminated

Semi-final 2 (6 February)[edit]

Order Contestant(s) Stars Result
Adam Kimberly Ashley
1 Shockarellas
Eliminated
2 Guys in Sync
Eliminated
3 Damhsa Dreams
Eliminated
4 QMX
Eliminated
5 Ella
Eliminated
6 Turbo
Advanced
7 Dance Dynamix
Advanced

Semi-final 3 (13 February)[edit]

Order Contestant(s) Stars Result
Adam Kimberly Ashley
1 Elmes 3 Style
Eliminated
2 Octavia
Eliminated
3 Trilogy
Eliminated
4 Tap Attack
Eliminated
5 Two's Company
Advanced
6 Back2Back
Eliminated
7 Lauren
Advanced

Semi-final 4 (20 February)[edit]

Order Contestant(s) Stars Result
Adam Kimberly Ashley
1 Tamara
Eliminated
2 Mystic Force
Eliminated
3 Liquid Metallic
Eliminated
4 Synergy
Eliminated
5 Razzle Dazzle
Advanced
6 Bolly-Flex
Eliminated
7 Trinity Warriors
Advanced

Final[edit]

The live final was 90 minutes long (taking place at Olympia) and featured the eight dance acts that made it through the semi-finals as well as a special performance from 2010's winner Akai Osei and dance troupe Diversity. After the acts performed there was a 6-minute window for voting. For the first time in a UK entertainment program, viewers could vote using a specially designed application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Live Final (27 February)[edit]

Contestant(s) Number of Gold stars Result
Chris and Wes
★★★
Winners
Alleviate
★★★
Top 3
Razzle Dazzle
★★
Top 3
Turbo
★★★
Eliminated
Dance Dynamix
Eliminated
Two's Company Eliminated
Lauren
★★
Eliminated
Trinity Warriors
Eliminated

Series 3 (2012)[edit]

Series 3 started on 1 January 2012. Producer auditions took place during July & August 2011 in Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol, London and Dublin. Filming took place in various stages from July 2011 - March 2012. The dance domes auditions again took place in London, Glasgow and Dublin.

A special "Warm Up" show was broadcast on 18 December 2011. The series fully began on 1 January 2012, with the next episode the following day. Seven audition shows were aired followed by a "Home Visits" episode and one 30-minute episode featuring the "Callback" performances.

A new show, Got to Dance: Auditions Uncut aired weekdays at 6pm and was narrated by Will Best. As the name suggests, the show featured uncut auditions from the main show and others which were not shown.

The winning act, Prodijig, won the £250,000 prize money.

Semi-finals[edit]

The live semi-finals for Got to Dance 2012 began on Sunday 29 January 2012. Five semi-finals took place, instead of four as previously. In total, 30 acts advanced to the semi-finals in 2012.

Semi-finalists[edit]

Semi-final 1 – 29 January 2012 Semi-final 2 – 5 February 2012 Semi-final 3 – 12 February 2012 Semi-final 4 – 19 February 2012 Semi-final 5 – 26 February 2012
Contestants Chuck, Tayluer & Elliott, Prodijig, Project G, Sam, Bendy Kate A Hoofer's Song, Fear Of The Unknown, Luke, Sapnay, Boadicea, Urban Jokers Supermalcom, Sweet Surprise, Antics, Lil Hustlers, Olivia, Brosena Rikoshay, Methods Of Movement, Hippy-Joe, The Future, Lloyd & Rebecca, A Team Kazzum, Belle, Lindsey & Ryan, Dharmz, Reflection, Unity UK
Advanced to Final Prodijig, Tayluer & Elliott Boadicea, Fear Of The Unknown Sweet Surprise, Antics Methods of Movement, A Team Unity UK, Kazzum

Final[edit]

The live final took place at Olympia in front of 6,000 people on 4 March 2012.

Live Final (4 March)[edit]

Contestant(s) Result
Prodijig Winners
Fear Of The Unknown Top 3
Tayluer & Elliott Top 3
Kazzum
Eliminated
Sweet Surprise
Eliminated
Antics
Eliminated
Methods of Movement
Eliminated
A Team
Eliminated
Unity UK
Eliminated
Boadicea
Eliminated

Series 4 (2013)[edit]

Series 4 started in January 2013. Producer auditions took place during July and August 2012. This year, auditions in front of the judges took place at Clapham Common in London. No judges' auditions were held in Glasgow or Dublin. The auditions took place between 13 September and 2 October 2012, in a brand new and bigger dome which can hold up to 760 audience members.

Starting in this series, all acts must receive 3 gold stars from the judges to progress onto the shortlist.

It was also confirmed on 11 August 2012, that Aston Merrygold would be replacing Garcia on the judging panel.[8] Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely were the backstage team for series 4. They also provided the voice overs for many of the episodes of Got to Dance: Auditions Uncut.[9]

Producer audition dates:[10]

Date(s) City
28–29 July 2012 Manchester
30 July 2012 Liverpool
2 August 2012 Newcastle
4–6 August 2012 London
8 August 2012 Glasgow
11 August 2012 Dublin
16 August 2012 Birmingham
17 August 2012 Bristol
18 August 2012 Cardiff
19 August 2012 London
26 August 2012

Semi-finals[edit]

The live semi-finals for Got to Dance 2013 began on Sunday 10 February 2013. Five semi-finals took place, with six acts performing in each for one of two places in the Grand Final on 17 March.

Semi-finalists[edit]

Semi-final 1 – 10 February 2013 Semi-final 2 – 17 February 2013 Semi-final 3 – 24 February 2013 Semi-final 4 – 3 March 2013 Semi-final 5 – 10 March 2013
Contestants Lukas, Notorious, Dance For Joy, Molly and Vitaly, Collective Ent, Tom Buckness Personified, Mechanikool, Mini Moves, Momentum, Pulse Collective, Rhys G-Nome, Hash Tap, IMD (Intelligent Minds Dance), Poison, Rory O'Shea, Wild G Godson, Javier and Julie, Amour, Antics, Gaana Rajas, One Step Ahead Gymtasia Evolution, Juicy, Leon and Dotty, Mindtrick, Ruff Diamond, Shun
Advanced to Final Lukas McFarlane, Tom Hughes-Lloyd Rhys Yeomans, Mini Moves Rory O’Shea, IMD Antics, Godson Gymtasia Evolution, Ruff Diamond

Final[edit]

The live final took place at Olympia in front of 6,000 people on 17 March 2013.

Live Final (17 March)[edit]

Contestant(s) Result
Lukas McFarlane Winner
Ruff Diamond Top 3
Gymtasia Evolution Top 3
Tom
Eliminated
Mini Moves
Eliminated
IMD
Eliminated
Antics
Eliminated
Godson
Eliminated
Rory
Eliminated
Rhys
Eliminated

Series 5 (2014)[edit]

Series 5 will begin airing on 9 August 2014,[11] with McCall continuing as host. Banjo and Wyatt will return as judges for a fifth time and Garcia will return after his absence in series 4, replacing Merrygold. In this series, the semi-finals will be stripped across one week (similar to Britain's Got Talent)[12] and the judges will mentor contestants throughout the competition. Six acts from each team will progress to the live rounds. Auditions for this series took place at the Roundhouse concert venue in Camden, London between 6–11 May 2014. This is the first time the dance domes have not been used.[13]

Producer auditions for Got to Dance 2014 took place during March and April 2014 in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin.

Producer audition dates:[14]

Date(s) City
15 March 2014 Dublin
23 March 2014 London
25 March 2014 Glasgow
27 March 2014 Newcastle
29–30 March 2014 Manchester
3 April 2014 London
5 April 2014 Birmingham
6 April 2014 Cardiff
12–13 April 2014 London

Got to Dance bursary fund[edit]

The second series saw the introduction of the bursary fund. This fund, worth £15,000, was to be distributed amongst auditionees that the judges felt weren't yet good enough to progress in the competition, but whom they felt had real potential, and was to be used to enable them to develop and cultivate their dance skills through professional tuition.

Transmissions[edit]

Warm-up shows[edit]

Air date
20 December 2009
19 December 2010
18 December 2011
23 December 2012
27 July 2014

Original series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 3 January 2010 14 February 2010 8
2 2 January 2011 27 February 2011 15
3 1 January 2012 4 March 2012 16
4 6 January 2013 17 March 2013 15
5 9 August 2014 29 August 2014 TBC

Ratings[edit]

Episode ratings from BARB.[15] They do not include viewings on Sky1 +1.

Series 1[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers Sky1 Weekly Ranking
1
20 December 2009
N/A N/A
2
3 January 2010
1,096,000
2
3
1,313,000
1
4
10 January 2010
963,000
1
5
17 January 2010
920,000
1
6
24 January 2010
1,109,000
2
7
31 January 2010
978,000
3
8
7 February 2010
1,218,000
3
9
14 February 2010
1,354,000
1

Series 2[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers Sky1 Weekly Ranking
1
19 December 2010
N/A N/A
2
2 January 2011
1,104,000
2
3
1,336,000
1
4
9 January 2011
1,127,000
1
5
986,000
2
6
16 January 2011
1,248,000
1
7
1,047,000
2
8
23 January 2011
1,001,000
1
9
922,000
2
10
820,000
3
11
30 January 2011
1,327,000
1
12
6 February 2011
1,284,000
1
13
13 February 2011
1,081,000
2
14
20 February 2011
1,284,000
2
15
27 February 2011
1,298,000
3
16
1,376,000
2

Series 3[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers Sky1 Weekly Ranking
1
18 December 2011
N/A N/A
2
1 January 2012
983,000
4
3
2 January 2012
766,000
6
4
8 January 2012
1,034,000
4
5
792,000
5
6
15 January 2012
959,000
3
7
795,000
4
8
22 January 2012
1,145,000
3
9
742,000
5
10
635,000
7
11
29 January 2012
1,264,000
2
12
5 February 2012
1,064,000
5
13
12 February 2012
1,048,000
4
14
19 February 2012
898,000
4
15
26 February 2012
766,000
4
16
4 March 2012
1,206,000
1
17
1,197,000
2

Series 4[edit]

Episode no. Airdate Total viewers Sky1 Weekly Ranking
1
23 December 2012
N/A N/A
2
6 January 2013
908,000
4
3
947,000
2
4
13 January 2013
801,000
5
5
847,000
3
6
20 January 2013
716,000
4
7
692,000
5
8
27 January 2013
705,000
5
9
3 February 2013
627,000
5
10
10 February 2013
868,000
3
11
17 February 2013
884,000
4
12
24 February 2013
677,000
5
13
3 March 2013
655,000
5
14
10 March 2013
513,000
8
15
17 March 2013
930,000
3
16
1,131,000
1

International versions[edit]

Color Keys:      Ongoing        Discontinued        Not aired  

Current and upcoming versions include:[16]

Country Local title Presenter(s) Judges Channel Series
 Australia Got to Dance Andrew Gunsberg N/A Fox8 cancelled in 2012
 Finland Pakko Tanssia Satu Tuomisto
Jani Toivola
Sami Saikkonen
Saana Akiola
Dennis Nylund
Yle TV2 Season 1: 2 March – 4 May 2013
 Germany Got to Dance Johanna Klum Palina Rojinski
Nikeata Thompson
Howard Donald
ProSieben
Sat.1

Season 1: 20 June – 5 July 2013
Season 2: 17 July 2014 –

 Indonesia Born To Dance MTV Indonesia

Season 1: September 2011
Season 2: March 2012
Season 3: February 2013
Season 4: February 2014

 Poland Got to Dance – Tylko Taniec Maciej Dowbor
Katarzyna Kępka (1–2)
Anna Głogowska (3–4)
Aleksandra Szwed (5)
Joanna Liszowska
Michał Malitowski
Alan Andersz
Krystyna Mazurówna (1–2)
Anna Jujka (3–)
Filip Czeszyk (1–2, Guest)
Kimberly Wyatt (3–4, Guest)
Polsat

Season 1: 3 March – 11 May 2012
Season 2: 7 September – 9 November 2012
Season 3: 1 March – 3 May 2013
Season 4: 13 September – 22 November 2013

 Romania Romania Danseaza George Papagheorghe
Andreea Balan
Mihai Bendeac (1)
Connect-r (2-)
Monica Petrica
CRBL
Antena 1

Season 1: March – May 2013
Season 2: Spring 2014

 United States Live to Dance Andrew Günsberg Paula Abdul
Travis Payne
Kimberly Wyatt
CBS Season 1: 4 January – 9 February 2011
 Vietnam Got to Dance Vietnam: Vũ điệu đam mê Khánh Thi Trần Ly Ly
Dumbo
Alfredo Torres
Minh Hằng
VTV3 Season 1: 14 September – 28 December 2013

US version[edit]

CBS announced on 10 April 2010 that there was going to be an American version of the series titled Live to Dance and was set to rival So You Think You Can Dance. The show premiered on the said channel on 4 January 2011 and was cancelled a month later in the same year. Kimberly Wyatt also served as a judge on Live to Dance.

Polish version[edit]

A Polish version premiered 2 March 2012 on Polsat, titled Got to Dance - Tylko Taniec. Second edition aired from 7 September to 9 November 2012. A third edition began on 1 March 2013 and a fourth in September 2013. Since March 2011, Polsat have also produced a local version of Must Be the Music (which was first aired on Sky1 in 2010) and has aired its sixth edition. Both shows air two seasons a year in Poland.

Australian version[edit]

Plans for an Australian version of the show were announced in April 2012. It was expected to premiere on the Australian cable channel Fox8 later in 2012, with Andrew Gunsberg as the host.[17] However, it was announced in June 2012 that the show was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with another dance show Everybody Dance Now on Network Ten.[18]

German version[edit]

The German version premiered on 20 June 2013 on ProSieben, with the remaining shows being broadcast on Sat.1. Johanna Klum hosts the show while Palina Rojinski, Nikeata Thompson & Howard Donald are the judges.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "JLS star Aston Merrygold steps up to judge on Got To Dance". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Aston Merrygold leaves Sky1's Got to Dance, Banjo and Wyatt to return". Digital Spy. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Got To Dance returns for series 5 & Adam Garcia’s back!". unrealitytv. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Got to Dance' to return for fifth series on Sky1 next summer". Digital Spy. 28 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Banjo is plucked for Sky", The Sun, 8 October 2009, retrieved 17 October 2009 
  7. ^ Smith, Lizzie (5 December 2009), "Got To Dance: Davina McCall recreates Flashdance in daring preview for Sky 1 show", Daily Mail, retrieved 5 December 2009 
  8. ^ "JLS Aston Merrygold is to be a judge on new series of Got To Dance on Sky". The Sun. 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Got to Dance Sky". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Got to Dance 2013 auditions applications open". 17 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Got To Dance 2014 start date confirmed for August 9". TellyMix. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Got To Dance confirmed to return for series five in summer 2014". TellyMix. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Got To Dance ditches its domes for 2014 judge auditions". TellyMix. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.sky.com/tv/show/got-to-dance/article/apply
  15. ^ Top 10 Programmes - BARB
  16. ^ "Shine dances to Germany, Asia". C21 Media. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Andrew Gunsberg to host Got to Dance Australia". 16 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Foxtel shelves Got to Dance". 1 June 2012. 

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