Louise Redknapp sashays on to panel for new BBC talent show So You Think You Can Dance

Louise Redknapp

Judge: Louise Redknapp

Former pop star Louise Redknapp was today unveiled as a judge on new TV talent show So You Think You Can Dance.

The former Eternal star joins Nigel Lythgoe and Arlene Phillips on the BBC One dancing competition.

The programme pits budding dance stars against each other as they battle it out for the chance to appear on the U.S. version of the show in Hollywood and pocket a £100,000 prize.

Each week contestants will be challenged to perform a different dance style taught by a different choreographer and mentor.

Dancers will have to impress not only the judges but also the public who have the power to vote for their favourite dancers at the end of each show.

It is presented by Cat Deeley,  who is also the host of the American version of the show.

Mother of two, Redknapp, who is married to former footballer Jamie Redknapp, has already judged auditions and Choreography Camp, helping select the 14 finalists.

She said: 'I'm so excited about this opportunity. I went through similar dance training as a lot of the kids competing, so I know where they're coming from.

'The opportunity this show offers them is phenomenal, and I can't wait to be part of the live shows.'

Since starting her career with 1990s chart-topping girlband Eternal, Redknapp has embarked on a solo career before moving into television presenting.


Panel: Louise joins host Cat Deeley (lef) and fellow judges Nigel Lythgoe and Arlene Phillips on the new show

Head judge Lythgoe said: 'Louise joined us as a guest judge during the Manchester leg of the auditions and we loved her - she brought something different to the panel and she had a great affinity with the kids up there dancing for their lives.

'When it came to thinking about the live shows, we kept coming back to Louise. She is perfect for the job.'

Seven girls and seven boys made it through the auditions to be selected for the live shows.

The programme is launched tomorrow on BBC One at 6pm.

Jamie and Louise Redknapp

High-profile couple: Louise and former footballer husband Jamie

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