Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

ITV plots ballroom dancing show?

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present hit BBC ballroom show Strictly Come Dancing
Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present hit BBC ballroom show Strictly Come Dancing

ITV are planning to launch a ballroom dancing show with a twist which could rival Strictly Come Dancing, according to reports.

Instead of celebrities teaming up with professionals as they do in the BBC's hit show - hosted by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly - A-listers will be joined by their real-life partners as they learn to dance, the Daily Mirror said.

An ITV insider described the show as a cross between Strictly and Mr And Mrs.

"It will be really funny seeing how they cope, learning a new skill together," the source said.

"You'll get situations where one's far better than the other and is being held back by their wife or husband.

"Will they be sympathetic and help, or will they be impatient and get annoyed?"

A pilot for the prime-time Saturday night dance show, to be made by ITV studios, has already been commissioned.

The show is expected to start this summer, but the newspaper said that it wouldn't clash with Strictly, which starts in September, and last year beat X Factor in the ratings.

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