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Words by Colette Carr

Freestyle dancer Andrew stole the show on brand new Saturday night show The Greatest Dancer, with his routine to Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling enough to win the audience support and the get the judges on their feet to see him progress to the next round.

21-year-old Andrew’s audition played out as the showstopping finale to the series’ debut show which sees dancers begin their audition in a studio in front of a mirrored wall, with the wall opening to reveal the stage once 75% of the studio audience have voted the act through, with Strictly professional Oti Mabuse, Glee and Broadway star Matthew Morrison and Cheryl Tweedy as captains.

The Strictly Come Dancing superfan found his feet after watching the BBC One show at 11 and began to imitate the dances in front of the TV alerting his mum to his talent, with him now chasing The Greatest Dancer’s top prize of a cool £50,000 and the chance to perform on Strictly. After soaring through the initial audition, Andrew was greeted by floods of compliments from the judges, ending up starstruck by Matthew and Oti with his mum citing Strictly and Glee as his all time favourite shows.

“Andrew you are amazing!” Jonnie Peacock’s Strictly partner Oti told the self-taught dancer in front of the arena.

“You’re the total showman and once the mirrors opened, you were a whole different person!”

Following leaving to a rapturous applause, a speechless Andrew struggled to find the words, just managing to tell the camera, “I loved it! I loved it!”

The Greatest Dancer is back on this Saturday at 20:10 on BBC One.

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