Professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing have been drafted in to the remaining episodes of The Greatest Dancer in attempt to boost flailing ratings, it has been reported.
The dance series, that stars Cheryl as a judge, has been hemorrhaging viewers with a peak of 4million tuning into the latest episode – with ITV’s The Voice reaching 5.5million.
It’s claimed that BBC bosses are now calling in big names from Strictly to help claw back some of the ratings.
A TV source told The Sun: "The Greatest Dancer has been panned by viewers and BBC bosses are banking on bringing in the Strictly professionals to help increase the hype and cross-pollinate the audience.
"Strictly is the biggest show on TV and bosses at the BBC know that.
“Calls have gone out to all the agents of the professionals to see who is interested in dancing on the show in the coming weeks.”
A spokesperson for the show said in response: "It has always been the case that Strictly dancers would perform on one of our live shows, along with lots of other special guests which we can’t wait for viewers to see."
As ratings continue to dwindle, it was confirmed ‘dance captains’ Cheryl, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison will also perform themselves on the live episodes.
During the latest episode the trio whittled down the remaining contestants to the final nine who will now compete for votes from the public at home.
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The Greatest Dancer’s live challenge will begin Saturday at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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