Nationals Day 1: Tensions Are High Taking the Next Step


Nationals Day 1: Tensions Are High

It's day one of Taking The Next Step's national auditions and the top 50 dancers from regionals are battling it out to survive another day!


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This is Taking The Next Step.

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The series that gives some of the UK's top young dancers the chance

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to compete to win the opportunity of a lifetime -

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a guest role on the hit Canadian TV show, The Next Step.

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The Taking The Next Step team travelled all over the UK to try and

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find the country's most talented young dancers.

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Over 2,300 hopefuls applied.

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But only the very best auditioned at regionals

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in front of our three judges.

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Actor and dancer Jonny Labey.

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Your technique is outstanding.

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Founder of the dance group, Flawless, Marlon Swoosh Wallen.

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Just chill with it and then attack.

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And head judge, professional dancer

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and former Pussycat Doll, Kimberly Wyatt.

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You have got sass for days.

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Our judges picked up their top 50 from the regional auditions

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to come to nationals.

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Listen, you just came in here and smashed that.

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Come and get your ticket, dude.

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You're going to nationals!

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But with only six places in the studio finals up for grabs,

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they will have to give it their all.

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Not only is it tough on that side of the table,

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it's really tough on this side as well!

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This is Taking The Next Step.

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-It's London, and it's nationals.

-I'm so excited.

-Come on!

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It's the day one, and the stage is set for our top 50 dancers

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to perform for these guys once again.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Today, the judges have set three challenges

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to help them narrow down the competition.

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Our dancers will have to adapt a piece of choreography.

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Show off their best moves in a troupe-style dance battle.

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And work as a team to come up with their own choreographed routine.

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But only 20 dancers can make it through to day two.

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It really is just getting tougher and tougher.

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First up is challenge one - learning a piece of choreography.

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Hello, everybody, and welcome to nationals.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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You guys should be so proud of yourselves for getting this far.

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It's taken a lot of hard work,

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and some pretty amazing dancing, so please be proud of yourselves.

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But now is when the hard work really begins.

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Challenge one is all about how well you learn and adapt choreography.

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Before nationals, our dancers were given a routine to learn in advance

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created by our choreographer Ian.

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The dancers will perform in groups,

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but the judges will be looking at them individually.

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So go and rehearse, practise, be brilliant. Good luck.

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Everyone's heading off to rehearse their routine, and Ian is on hand to

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help them adapt it and add their own flavour.

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-Are you excited?

-Yes!

-Good.

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This is all about you as an individual.

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You take my choreography and then you just make it your own.

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You embellish it, you play with it,

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and I really want to see your personality come through.

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Each group has ten minutes in the dance studio before going to perform

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the routine for the judges.

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Whatever your flavour is, whatever your style is, let me see that.

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Anything you want, yeah? Just have fun with it.

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With so many different styles of dance left in the competition,

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this is going to be a difficult challenge.

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You've got to take us on a journey with this, yeah?

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Only 30 dancers can make it through to the next challenge,

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and group one is up first.

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All right, try and shake those nerves.

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Really enjoy this performance, and just go for it.

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Hoping to give it her all is Paisley,

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who we first met in Manchester.

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She impressed with the judges with her hip-hop style.

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Go on, Paisley!

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But how is she going to cope with adapting

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a more contemporary routine?

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Your time to shine is now. Cue the music.

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MUSIC: Flying from The Next Step

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Paisley and group one have done all they can.

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Now they have to wait for the other groups to perform

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before they hear the decision.

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You were definitely mixing it up. It looked like it went well.

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-Are you all pleased? Are you happy?

-ALL:

-Yes.

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Anyone who's a bit, like, "Arrgh"?

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-Me. Me.

-Well, that's good!

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Got a good vibe from the judges there.

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There were a lot of smiley faces. How do you think it went?

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-Good!

-Yeah? Happy with that?

-Yeah.

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In group four, we had tap dancer Harvey,

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who blew the judges away with his audition in London.

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-He's amazing!

-Oh, great!

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But he's bravely decided to push himself and do his performance

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without his tap shoes.

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Group four and Harvey have finished their performance.

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Now all they can do is wait.

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In our final group, 15-year-old Christian is hoping to

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show the judges he's worked hard since his regional audition.

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Don't rush. That was the only thing as a judge

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that was taking me out of it a little bit.

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Well done, guys. We'll see you soon.

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The final group has performed,

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and the judges have a difficult decision to make.

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Guys, now you've just got to wait now.

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Do you reckon you've done enough?

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-Hopefully, yeah.

-You can do no more.

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-Just relax.

-Well done.

-Relax, enjoy it.

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You got to nationals, guys - you've done really well.

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-Really well.

-Well done. Off you go, go chill.

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-See you later, guys. Bye.

-Bye.

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Our dancers have given it their all,

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but now the judges must split them into two new groups -

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one that's staying, and one that's going home.

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All right, we've got an incredibly difficult decision.

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Quite a few difficult decisions to make.

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You're not kidding, Kim.

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Whilst you deliberate, we're going to catch up the guys.

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How do you feel like the routine went for you?

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I feel like it went well.

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I feel like I did everything I could, and I really went for it.

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-Yeah?

-So hopefully...

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Is anyone really confident that they're going to get through?

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-No.

-No.

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-All we can do is hope.

-Yeah, hope.

-Yeah.

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Guys, everyone cross your fingers.

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OK, now, I'm not going uncross mine for the rest of the day, all right?

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This goes out to all of you. Good luck. OK?

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She was a no for me.

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-She was a maybe.

-Yeah?

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-Yeah, I'd say maybe as well.

-OK.

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-I was yes.

-I was a yes.

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-I was a yes.

-A unanimous yes.

-Yeah!

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Hoping to be one of those yeses is tap dancer Harvey.

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Contemporary and, like, lyrical's not my strongest, but, like,

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I tried my best with it, and I think I did well, so, yeah.

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Fingers crossed, mate.

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-Is that the final decision?

-Is that us?

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-I'm signed.

-All right, that's it.

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Not only is it tough on that side of the table,

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it's really tough on this side as well!

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All right, let's get 'em in.

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-One, two, three, go team!

-All right.

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The first group has been called, but will they be staying or going home?

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Thank you, guys, and welcome back.

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We've been so impressed with every single one of you.

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The standard of the competition this year has been incredibly high.

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We are only allowed to take 30 performers

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through to the next stage.

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Thank you so much for being brilliant, for working so hard,

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and for sharing your talent.

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However, on this occasion...

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..you will not be going through to the next stage.

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Please keep your spirits high

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cos we have been so impressed with all of your hard work.

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You really have been incredible.

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And you should all be so proud of yourselves to have made it this far.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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It's the end of the road for our first group,

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but they've done amazingly well to get this far.

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Despite not going through, Harvey and Paisley are staying positive.

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A bit sad, but overall happy cos it's been a great experience

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and it's just been an amazing experience, yeah.

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It makes me think that I need to do ballet

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cos it'll help me in the future.

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As the first lot of auditionees head home, it's time for the judges

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to tell group two if they're staying or going.

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We're only able to take 30 performers

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through to the next challenge.

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And those 30...

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..are all of you.

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CHEERING

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EXCITED CHATTER

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We are all so incredibly proud of you guys.

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Your hard work is really starting to pay off now.

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So keep it up, keep that focus, keep that determination,

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because you're through to the next challenge.

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CHEERING

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It almost felt like a party popper. Like everyone...

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-The whole effect like...

-It really... It got me!

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So, look at you. You're through!

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CHEERING

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-Dance is awesome.

-That's it.

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So, in this room we have our Taking The Next Step winner.

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Oooh!

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-Just let that sink in.

-Very exciting.

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Just let that sink in, guys.

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And letting that thought sink in is Christian,

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who made it through the first challenge.

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There are now 30 dancers left in the competition,

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and there's plenty of work still to be done.

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Welcome back and congratulations on making it through

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to the second challenge.

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Now it is time for us to have a bit of fun...

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..in our dance battle.

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Our remaining 30 are going to freestyle -

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just like they do in A-Troupe.

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They'll take centre stage and show the judges and the competition that

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they deserve a place on The Next Step.

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So the good news is,

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is that no-one's going to be sent home after this challenge.

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That said, we are still in the room and everything always counts.

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We want to see you bring that fire, bring that heat.

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We'll be go full out. So, yeah, let's take it away.

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-LINDSEY:

-And choreographer Ian is going to count them in.

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-Ready?

-Yeah.

-Here we go.

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-STOPWATCH BEEP

-Go.

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MUSIC: Hero by Grayson Matthews

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There is no elimination after this challenge,

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but our dancers are still out to impress the judges.

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And go!

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Hey!

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Ready, go!

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CHEERING

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And go!

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It's the first time our dancers have had the opportunity to scope out

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the competition, and everyone is giving it their all.

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And go!

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The final 30 have smashed the dance battle

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and shown the judges just how high the standard of the competition is.

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That was absolutely brilliant.

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You know what? It was great to see a bit of your personality really

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start to shine through.

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-My mouth hurts from smiling that much.

-Yeah.

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This is exactly what we've been wanting to see all day.

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-Thank you guys so much.

-ALL: Thank you.

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We'll see you back for challenge number three!

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And let's remember what's at stake for our final 30.

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The winner of this competition will travel to Canada

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to appear on the hit show The Next Step.

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They'll join the cast and make

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a guest appearance in a brand-new episode.

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The winner of Taking The Next Step can expect a really fun day.

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Basically live the dream.

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The winner will be able to meet the cast,

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be on set and dance with us, I'm so excited to meet them.

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Only 20 dancers can make it through to day two of nationals,

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so ten of our hopefuls will be heading home.

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The next challenge is group choreography,

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and for this, you've been divided up into three groups of ten.

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Working together, we'd like you to choreograph a performance

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to a 60-second piece of music.

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But you'll be judged both as a group and on your individual performance.

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You're going to have 45 minutes to complete this challenge,

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and at the end, only 20 of you will proceed to the next stage.

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-You ready?

-ALL: Yes!

-All right, let's do this!

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The groups are heading off to work on their routines

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and the clock is ticking.

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They've all been given a space to rehearse

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and are getting down to business.

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But communicating with nine other dancers can be difficult.

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THEY SPEAK OVER EACH OTHER

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Everyone stop shouting over each other!

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We're not listening to each other.

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And some are managing it better than others.

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Why don't you do a front aerial directly forward

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in front of the judges?

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-When they do a move, other people join in on that same move.

-Yeah!

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-We'll wait and we'll go in twos into the line.

-Yes.

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A group one, Casper is taking control.

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We met him in London where his technique was on point.

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I mean, you've turned into, like, a technical Trojan.

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But can be technical Trojan do enough

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to get through this challenge?

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Fingers crossed.

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Group three have the additional challenge of incorporating

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tap into their routine.

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Kai and Jessica have some thoughts on how it's going.

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-How's it going?

-It's going horrible.

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-No, it isn't!

-I'm joking, I'm joking.

-No, it's not.

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-It's going really well.

-It looks good.

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Kai is no stranger to impressing an audience with his moves.

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Kai, you're the guy, man.

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And as the final tapper in the competition,

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he brings something unique.

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-You're king of the counting today for this group.

-Yeah!

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We've noticed you're counting...

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-That's my thing.

-That's you're thing?

-Tap dancing, musicality...

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We'll all do something, and he'll be like, "Wait, wrong count."

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With only 45 minutes to come up with their routine, time is against them.

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Guys, just so you know, you've five minutes left.

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Quickly, we've got five minutes!

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So, Jolie has one eye on the clock and one eye on the prize.

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When she auditioned in Glasgow, the judges were blown away

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with her energy.

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Jolie, you're a little rocket, aren't you?

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But will she impress them and launch herself into day two of nationals?

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30 seconds left, guys. Come on.

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EXCITED CHATTER

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Rehearsal is almost over.

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There's just enough time for one final run through.

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THEY CHEER

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THEY SHOUT INSTRUCTIONS

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Hold it! Yes!

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Guys, we're really sorry. Time is up.

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That's it. Good luck.

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You've done a really good job.

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The groups can do no more, in what has been

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their most difficult challenge so far.

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It's performance time, and to keep it fair,

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we've randomly chosen the order.

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All right, group two, you're up first.

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I see a lot of smiling faces, which is nice.

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But Jolie and her group won't just be performing for the judges -

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the other dancers will be watching too.

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Take your positions, it's time to dance.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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THE NEXT STEP THEME PLAYS

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BEAT DROPS

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Wow, you guys!

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You put a lot into that, and you could tell.

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And it definitely paid off.

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I thought it worked brilliantly. And when that beat kicked in,

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you know, you had your boys here. Well done.

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That's exactly what we're looking for - working together as a team.

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-Great job.

-ALL: Thank you.

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-Well done, guys.

-Really good job.

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An amazing performance by group two to start things off.

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Do you feel like you've do enough?

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I hope I've done enough.

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Like, I just...I just don't feel anything when I dance.

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I just feel like I'm kind of just in the moment, so I just don't

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know how I've done, but I just hope I've done enough to get through.

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So, group three is up next. Are you up for the challenge?

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-ALL: Yes!

-OK, let's do this.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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THE NEXT STEP THEME PLAYS

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BEAT DROPS

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Yes, group three. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

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I enjoyed that. I can see you guys enjoyed it yourself.

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I will say there was a lot of choreographed chaos.

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I would have loved to see more just in-sync dancing,

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really going for it.

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But ultimately, I think you have all got some fantastic strengths

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and I loved seeing all of that used to the best of its ability,

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-so really good job.

-Great effort, well done.

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ALL: Thank you.

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An amazing routine by group three.

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I feel, like, our group had a really strong beginning,

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and I think that was good,

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but I feel, like, at the end,

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we kind of weren't sure what we were doing and, like, time pressure.

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So, Casper is not sure.

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Can the final group incorporates Kai's tapping into their routine?

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How are you guys feeling?

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-ALL: Good.

-Good, good, good.

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Well, you've seen the last two groups, I think you know what to do.

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THE NEXT STEP THEME PLAYS

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Wow. Group one, really, really good.

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I was actually intrigued because I was, like,

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"I wonder how the tapping is going to work?"

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That was, like, one of the biggest questions,

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but really, really well done.

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I like the fact that you guys kind of introduced the crew

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and then the crew was together and then you had solo moments,

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you showed the intricacies with the tricks and stuff like that.

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-Brilliant. Well done. ALL:

-Thank you.

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I really enjoyed it, I think you guys absolutely smashed that.

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Really good job, you guys.

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My one critique would be no matter where you're at on that stage,

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I can see you!

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So make sure your technique is still flawless

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cos I do have a judging hat on,

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but really good job, I really enjoyed that.

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-Fabulous.

-ALL: Thank you.

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So we will see you in a while after we've made our decision.

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And it's going to be a hard decision to make.

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Of the 30 dancers left in the competition,

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ten will be going home.

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The remaining 20 will make it through to day two of nationals.

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-Judges, hello.

-ALL:

-Hello!

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There are a lot of people's faces on your table.

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-Yeah.

-It's been difficult, hasn't it?

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-ALL: Yeah.

-It's going to be really tough to deliberate over them

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cos they all just did so brilliantly.

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They threw themselves into the challenge and performed like crazy.

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-Just so we know, you're getting rid of ten now.

-Yeah.

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-But you're not getting rid of a group that's performed.

-No.

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-It's going to be ten people?

-Yes.

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-Right.

-And we're looking for certain things within performers that we've

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seen throughout the whole process,

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and you can still judge that within a group as opposed to just going,

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"Right, well, they smashed it, they're all through."

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Well, listen, you've got a really tough job to do.

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We'd rather you than us cos, for us,

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everyone's through him we have no idea what's going on.

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And also we can't dance, any of us, so that would be really unfair.

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I mean, you could have your own group challenge right now.

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-We're ready!

-Five, six, seven, eight and go!

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Yes, yes, yes, yes and pose!

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-Whoa.

-Yeah, we smashed it.

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So, it's decision time again and it really is

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-just getting tougher and tougher.

-Tougher and tougher.

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But we need to let go of ten kids.

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How do you feel about this one?

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Mm-hm. Mm-hm.

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I think he's a yes.

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-Yeah?

-Me too.

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I'm quite nervous about it, I mean, I know me and my team, like,

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did really well and we put everything into it,

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so there's not much you can do right now, is there? So it's just

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-the big wait and it's quite nerve-racking, I would say.

-Yeah.

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Who's the scariest judge?

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-Kimberly.

-Do you reckon?

-Swoosh.

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-You think Swoosh?

-Yeah.

-And you think Kimberly?

-Yeah.

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So Jonny's the nice one, basically.

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We are chilled about Jonny

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-but we need to win over the other two, right?

-Yeah.

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Five, OK, we're halfway there.

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We're halfway there.

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Boom.

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-I hate to lose him cos he does have moments of brilliance...

-Yeah.

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..but we are looking for all-around dancers.

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All-around dancers. Yeah.

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Oh, that is going to hurt.

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-That really hurts.

-She just really stood out.

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-Yeah, she was brilliant all day today, wasn't she?

-Mmm.

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What would it mean to both of you to get a yes?

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-Everything.

-Everything.

-Yeah.

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So our final decision?

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Yeah. I don't want to have to do that ever again.

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I mean, it makes me sick to my stomach to have to let those go.

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-Yeah.

-But when I look over here,

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I feel really excited about the potential we have in our yeses.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Let's get them in.

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Our dancers have been called in and the judges have separated them into

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three new groups for the decision.

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Unfortunately, one of these groups will be going home.

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Thank you all for your effort

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that you've put in throughout the day today.

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The group choreography challenge was asking a lot from you guys.

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Thank you so much for your focus, your determination

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and your hard work, you absolutely smashed it.

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However, guys, as you all know,

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we can only take some of you through to day two of nationals.

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So, group one...

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..congratulations, you're all through.

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SAM: So, the first group have made it, including our only tapper, Kai.

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So...

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..group two, thank you so much

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for doing everything you have thus far...

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..however, this is the end of the road for you.

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Unfortunately, you won't be coming to day two of nationals,

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but thank you so much.

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So group two are heading home,

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including 12-year-old Jolie, which means...

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Group three that you are also through.

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So, our 20 top dancers have made it through to day two of nationals

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where they will be battling it out

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for just six places in our studio finals.

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Well done to all of you for coming this far.

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We'll see you tomorrow for challenge four.

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Make sure you get good sleep. See you tomorrow.

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ALL: Yay!

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Guys, you're having what we like to call a yes party!

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Did you guys get through?

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-ALL:

-Yes!

-Oh, good.

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Go celebrate.

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CHEERING

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-See you. Go, go, go, go, go!

-I can't hear a thing.

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I mean, and it's been so difficult to let go

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-of some absolutely brilliant, impressive dancers.

-Gems.

-Yeah.

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But looking at all these faces we have

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going through to tomorrow's challenge is very exciting.

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Yeah, very exciting, I'm excited.

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Oooh!

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-Nationals. Yeah!

-Yay!

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Next time, it's day two of nationals and our final 20 will be acting

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with the help of a special guest mentor.

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Please welcome Adam Garcia.

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And of course, there will be more dancing.

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We are about to enter semifinals with a live studio audience,

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do we feel that all of these could represent Taking The Next Step

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and take on that challenge?

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Don't miss it.

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