Interview with Matthew Morrison on The Greatest Dancer

The Greatest Dancer live shows start Saturday 1 February on BBC One

What made you choose your final three acts to represent you in the live shows? And what does each one bring to the dance floor?

Last series I was looking for flashy numbers and polished artists, this year I went with my heart and my gut and chose acts who really moved me. Harrison is so dynamic, there’s nothing he won’t try, and he throws himself into everything, I really love that spirit in him. Hannah really moved me, I chose her as my dancer of the day because she has so much power, poise and strength. I’m so impressed by her work ethic, she has a real shot of winning the whole show. Ross and Travis remind me of myself, they love to make fun of themselves. They’re hard hitting awesome b-boys and that’s how I was as a younger lad.

What are you doing to help prepare your acts ahead of the live shows?

I’ve been working hard with the creative team and choreographers in order to get my acts in shape ready for the live shows. I can’t wait to join them in rehearsals and see these awesome artists show their true potential.

Which act do you think is your biggest competition?

I think Cheryl has a very strong squad this year, I think Lily and Joseph are amazing, they almost intimidate me as they are so strong at such a young age, and they have that cuteness factor that no one else has. They’re fantastic artists and really likeable, and I think they’ll be tough competition.

Ross and Travis

Ross, 19, from Portsmouth and Travis, 22, from Bournemouth are a street dance duo.

What does it mean to you to be chosen in Matthew’s final three?

We are so excited and honoured to have been picked by Matthew. We feel we can learn so much from him with all the experience he has from the stage and screen. We know he grew up street dancing and breakdancing like us, so it’s going to be so much fun working together and sharing ideas. We can’t wait to get started and hopefully do him proud!


Aged 16, Harrison is a contemporary dancer from Liverpool.

What does it mean to you to be chosen in Matthew’s final three?

To be in Matthew’s final three feels amazing. Seeing the mirrors open at the callbacks and seeing Matthew stood there was just the best feeling. We share the same interest in musical theatre and jazz style dancing so I’ve always looked up to him as a performer. For him to have faith in me makes me want to work even harder and give the live shows everything I’ve got to make him proud.


Aged 17, Hannah is a former rhythmic gymnast who competed at the Commonwealth Games and specialises in lyrical contemporary movement.

What does it mean to you to be chosen in Matthew’s final three?

Being on a show like this has been a childhood dream of mine. As a little girl I always pictured myself flying across the stage, giving my heart and soul to an audience. I feel so privileged to be a part of Matthew’s squad and to make these dreams a reality. Matthew has a breadth of experience in the industry across so many dance genres and I am so excited to learn from him. His professionalism both on and off stage is something I really admire both as a person and a performer.

January 30, 2020 4:15am ET by BBC One  


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