It looks like my Dad and I have some explaining to do. If you missed it, my Dad, DJG, and I were featured on BBC 1’s ‘The Greatest Dancer‘ at 6:30 pm on 18th January!
This is a process that started all the way back in July 2019 just off the back of the Bristol Post article which is mindblowing! I was so overwhelmed by the love that I had been receiving from the article to have someone look for me and ask for me to audition had me flawed.
I told my parents and they were undoubtedly happy for me and said that I should go for it. I had to take many secret calls after work speaking to a lovely guy called Sam. We spoke about my dance experience and why I did it and then he asked me the best question, “We were wondering if your Dad could perform with you? It’s something that we have never done on the show before!”
I quickly spoke to my dad and he – for one of the first times ever – was speechless. This was the start of the journey of Darius and DJG being on The Greatest Dancer.
We had a lot to keep under wraps, the rehearsals, the phone calls etc. And there was only a select few people that we let know before the auditions which was my Grandma, Icolyn Smith MBE, (that you saw on the show) 4 of my best friends, (Emily, Ashton, Catherine, and Nicole) and some of my cousins and close family. We eventually told a lot of people on my 21st birthday party which was the day before the auditions.
The Auditions happened on the 11th August 2019 and I had the best time with my Dad, Mum, Grandma, and our friends, Dee, and Roger Moore. If you haven’t watched it yet, I won’t give too much away but make sure you watch the episode to understand why this was one of the best 21st birthday presents anyone could ever ask for.
Make sure you head to the Iplayer to watch the whole of Episode 3!
I just want to say a huge thank you to all of those who have supported me and my family throughout the years. From dancing at local events to travelling to Los Angeles to dance to being on The Greatest Dancer, it’s needless to say that my life has changed. I am so grateful that the TGD team decided to create an advert promoting the show that involved so much of my Dad, Grandma and I. It was really humbling and astounding to see. Despite not getting through to the live shows, we are infinitely grateful to God for this opportunity.
Make sure you keep watching the series to find out what happens next because there are so many amazing dancers that are moving forward that you need to keep watching.
The Final 12 are of the best quality and I am so excited to see all of the brilliance that they create. From the sweetest boys, Ross and Travis (who we happened to meet) to The Queens (who were so kind to us) to graceful Hannah, you are in for a serious treat. Who’s Squad are you on?
I am so proud and happy for all of the final 12 who are continuing their journey on The Greatest Dancer.
Thank you for all of your support and love.