ITV plan dance show

ITV are planning a prime-time celebrity dance contest that is described as a cross between 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'Mr. and Mrs.'

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Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Strictly Come Dancing hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

ITV are planning a prime-time celebrity dance contest to rival 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The channel are said to be keen to step away from their reliance on Simon Cowell's shows 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' with a new programme, which will see celebrities and their non-famous real-life partners learn to dance and compete against other couples.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It will be really funny seeing how they cope, learning a new skill together.

"You'll get situations where one's far better than the other and is being held back by their wife or husband.

"Will they be sympathetic and help, or will they be impatient and get annoyed?"

The show is described as a cross between 'Strictly' - which is fronted by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly - and relationship quiz competition 'Mr. and Mrs.' and programme chiefs say it won't take a "championship" format.

The source added: "It's a cross between 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'Mr. and Mrs.'.

"What lifts it above run-of-the-mill dance shows is the jeopardy between couples.

"It's not like an X Factor-style championship with an eventual winner."

A pilot has already been commissioned and the show is expected to start this summer, after 'Britain's Got Talent', but before 'The X Factor' returns.

It's schedule won't clash with 'Strictly', as that doesn't air until September.

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