Glasnevin dancer wows judges on The Greatest Dancer

by Rachel Darcy

A hairdresser from Glasnevin has become one of the latest contestants to proceed to the next round of BBC show The Greatest Dancer after wowing the judges.

Jake O’Shea is a dancer who put his own spin on the traditional Irish dance when he appeared on the show last weekend. He has been dancing since he was four, but his dancing career took a backseat as he pursued a job as a hairdresser.

Jake was previously a finalist on Ireland’s Got Talent last April, but failed to take home the prize. However, it was his turn on the Virgin Media Television show that brought him to the attention of The Greatest Dancer bosses, who scouted him for an appearance on the show which is now in it’s second series.

Jake wowed the judges, including Cheryl Cole and Alesha Dixon. His sister Robyn also tugged at audience’s heartstrings, with her reaction to her brother’s moves.

The first four episodes of the new series sees performers of all styles and ages travel to shows studio in their bid to impress the audience.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Jake told us that taking part in the show was a great experience, and he can’t wait to see what comes next.

“I recently auditioned for the show and had to dance and audition in front of a mirror hoping for 75% of the audience vote to open the mirror and go through to the next stage of the competition.

“Thankfully I got the mirror open! It was an amazing experience. I loved every second being on that stage, and the comments and feedback I received off the dance captains was a dream,” Jake said.

Tune in on January 25 for the next episode, and to see if Jake will make it through to the live shows.

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