Ashley’s got his Final 30
Entertainment spectacular Got to Dance has unveiled its Final 30.
Viewers have been glued to their screens since January as the brand new judging line up unearthed some of the strongest talent the series has ever seen.
JLS's Aston Merrygold joined returning judges Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo to help with their search for Britain and Ireland’s best new dance act, who will win a lifechanging cash prize of £250,000.
A new twist for the series was revealed during the audition process, with acts discovering that they would need to receive three gold stars in order to make the judges’ shortlist. This made the Ashley and the other judges’ excruciatingly tough job of reducing the shortlist to the Final 30 even harder!
Ashley said of the task: "Every single act on our shortlist this year had to receive three gold stars, meaning that it was, hands down, our strongest shortlist yet. Cutting it down to the Final 30 was a tough challenge, but we've found an amazing array of dancers and I think the live shows are going to showcase some of the best talent Got to Dance has ever seen. I can't wait!"
The Final 30 are:
Amour, Mansfield – Freestyle Disco
Antics, Birmingham – Street
Buckness Personified, London – Krump
Collective Ent, London – Commercial Hip Hop
Dance For Joy, Battersea – Contemporary
G-Nome, London – Contemporary
Gaana Rajas, East London – Gaana
Godson, London – Krump
Gymtasia Evolution, Dunfermline – Contemporary Acro
Hash Tap, Hull – Tap
IMD, London – Street
Javier and Julie, London – Contemporary Tango
Juicy, Dartford – Street
Leon and Dotty, London – Contemporary Salsa
Lukas Macfarlane, London (originally Canada) – Contemporary
Mechanikool, East London – Animation
Mindtrick, London – Animation/ Popping
Mini Moves, Glasgow – Commercial
Molly and Vitaly, Dublin – Latin
Momentum, Wakefield – Theatrical Street
Notorious, Port Talbot – Commercial Hip Hop
One Step Ahead, Berkshire – Modern
Poison, Southend – Commercial
Rhys, Oldham – Lyrical Modern
Rory, Kent – Street
Ruff Diamond, Hartlepool – Street
Shun, London – Experimental Break
The Pulse Collective, Aylesbury – Hip Hop Tap
Tom, Wrexham – Street
Wild G, East London – Krump Freestyle
The public will decide the 10 finalists who will fight for the coveted £250,000 prize, with each live semi-final concluding with the viewers' vote. The top 10 will battle it out in front of a 6,000-strong audience at Kensington Olympia for the live final on 17th March 2013.