As reported back in January, the BBC will host the Eurovision Dance Contest in the United Kingdom next autumn. Dancing couples from thirteen countries will compete with the winner decided by televoting. More information has now been revealed about the show.
A two-hour show will be broadcast from BBC this autumn, presented by Graham Norton (tipped as a possible successor to Terry Wogan in the Eurovision Song Contest commentary booth) with dancers that will represent 13 countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the UK.
The thirteen couples will have to perform two dances, with the second having a ''national flavour''. An expert commentator will describe the artistic content of each performance. The winner will be chosen by the viewers that will have to vote on the overall performance, including dancing, choreography, costume and choice of music.
Peter Fincham, controller of BBC One, comented: "The Eurovision Song Contest has been a remarkable, long-standing success. "The Eurovision Dance Contest is its natural partner. I'm looking forward to an evening full of stars and sequins, and glitz and glamour – a great night of family entertainment."
The contest follows the success of TV's Strictly Come Dancing, whose format has been sold around the world. Fenia Vardanis, creator of the BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing, said: "The competition will be intense … but and perhaps, just maybe, this is one competition we actually stand a chance of winning."