What time is Flirty Dancing on Channel 4 tonight and how does the Ashley Banjo dating show work?

11-01-2019 01:01

STRICTLY has become famous for the curse – which sees dancers and their celebrity partners hook up.

But unlike the BBC show, Channel 4’s Flirty Dancing embraces romances between dance pairings.

Gemma Atkinson struck up a relationship on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017
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What is Flirty Dancing about?

Flirty Dancing is a five-part series that brings single people together through the art of dance.

Before Tinder, Bumble and Happn, the dance floor was the ultimate place to meet your other half.

The Channel 4 show is looking to restore the dance floor desire through one single dance.

Two sets of single people will be paired up per show.

The first episode of the new series airs tonight (January 10) at 10pm on Channel 4. It goes up against the news on BBC One and ITV and Better Things on BBC Two.

How does the show work?

Channel 4 will take two complete strangers each week and teach them one half of a fully choreographed dance routine.

Each dance has been cleverly tailored to illustrate the singletons’ personalities and what they want from a prospective partner.

The singles will learn their routine separately so that the first time they meet their match will be a first date like no other.

Once the couples have completed their dance date, they will part still not yet having spoken a word to each other.

But did sparks fly on the dancefloor? Will they want to see each other again or was that their last dance?

Ashley Banjo and Diversity host and perform in the show
Ashley Banjo will play cupid using his skills as a choreographer
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Who is the host?

Self-confessed romantic Ashley Banjo will play cupid using his skills as one of Britain’s best loved choreographers.

The leader of Diversity, who himself met his wife dancing, will match the couples using different dance styles.

Meaning it could be a Waltz in Wolverhampton, a Tango in Tenby or even a street dance in Sheffield.

Speaking about the new show, he said: “Dance exposes your true self – you can’t hide behind words or an outfit…

“Back in the good old days, three quarters of people met their partners on a dancefloor.

Two sets of single people will be paired up per show and Ashley will be with them every step of the way

Ashley added: “I met my wife dancing, we really connected and got to know each other in dance class.

“There was a chemistry that I don’t think would have been created sitting across from each other at a table and just talking…

“I want to bring a bit of old-fashioned romance back to dating – the magic that can be created without a word being spoken…”