A New Dance Competition Show Is on the Way Thanks to Simon Cowell

Make room for a new dance show in your television lineup. King of the competition series Simon Cowell (he's behind hits like "The X Factor" and "America's Got Talent") is said to be working on a new project just for dance fans: "The Greatest Dancer." The Telegraph reports that Cowell's show is expected to replace "Strictly Come Dancing" (the UK version of "Dancing With The Stars"), and will feature dancers from every genre.

The catch? The Telegraph says that "The Greatest Dancer" will air on the UK's BBC One, but didn't note if it will make its way to BBC America. And, it's not expected to begin until next year (which gives us plenty of time to figure out how to watch it, I guess). The entire series will consist of eight one-hour episodes, and it will include a coaching panel of professionals.

Despite the long wait, auditions have already started, with Brit singer and TV personality Cheryl Cole rumored to be hosting. "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," says Nigel Hall, global head of television for Syco (Cowell's broadcasting company).

While the format sounds similar to "So You Think You Can Dance" and even Jennifer Lopez's newer series "World of Dance," we're all for adding another dance-focused show to the mix. Plus, this will let us get a look at what the UK dance world is up to.

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