Belfast Telegraph

Dancers face off in final showdown

The last four contestants in TV talent show So You Think You Can Dance will compete in the final showdown for the title of Britain's favourite dancer on Saturday.

Tap dancer Matt Flint, jazz dancers Luke Jackson and Kirsty Swain and choreographer Katie Love will go head to head in the live grand final of the BBC1 reality programme - with the winner waltzing off with the £50,000 prize.

Over the past eight weeks, the quartet have survived the process of elimination that saw 20 finalists whittled down to four, and are now at the mercy of the viewing public who will pick the winner.

Presenter Cat Deeley and judges Nigel Lythgoe, Arlene Phillips, Sisco Gomez and Louise Redknapp will be on hand to critique the performances.

As well as the cash prize, the winner will also be given the chance to perform on the American version of the show.

Matt, 29, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is hoping that the competition will open the door to a future in choreography for him and was keen to bring tap - his favourite dance form - into the spotlight.

Luke, 30, from Leicester, has worked in the dance industry for 10 years but despite frequent appearances in West End shows on his CV, he was said to feel he had stuck with "safe roles" and wanted to push himself.

Katie, 24, from Worcester, who has already formed her own theatre company, also said she wanted to better herself.

And Kirsty, 29, from Sutton, south London, appeared in the big screen musical Mamma Mia! but felt that featuring on the BBC show might be her last chance to achieve her ultimate dream of a lead role in the West End.

The final, which will also feature a live performance from pop star Jennifer Lopez, airs at 7.15pm.

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