• STV
  • MySTV

Teenage contemporary dancer wins television dance show

Ellie Fergusson, 14, from Livingston, was lost for words when she was named the winner.

Winner: Ellie Fergusson, from Livingston.
Winner: Ellie Fergusson, from Livingston. BBC

A teenage girl from West Lothian who began dancing at the age of three has won BBC talent competition The Greatest Dancer.

Solo contemporary dancer Ellie Fergusson, 14, from Livingston, was lost for words when she was named the winner of the show.

The programme has seen soloists and ensembles vying for the approval of a live audience and the public, and culminated with four acts in the finale on Saturday night.

Stars Cheryl, Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse and Broadway showman Matthew Morrison have not sat as judges, but nurtured and guided the chosen acts through the competition.

Mabuse was Ellie's mentor and joined her on stage for a contemporary style duet in the final.

Afterwards, the Strictly pro said: "It felt like dancing with a professional."

Following Ellie's second performance of the night, Mabuse said: "You've touched all of us and you've absolutely touched me."

She added: "You are amazing."

In the moments after she was announced as the winner of £50,000 and the chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing, Ellie said: "I'm speechless. It has been the most amazing experience of my life."

Ellie triumphed over youthful girl ensemble KLA, contemporary duo Harry and Eleiyah, and young male pairing James And Oliver.

A profile of Ellie on the BBC website says: "She eats, sleeps and breathes dance. She trains every single night of the week after school for three to four hours at a time.

"Ellie began dancing at the age of three and remembers pestering her parents to take her to a local dance club."

It adds: "She is a driven dancer and admits to training 24/7 - when she's not at school that is - and wants to become a dance teacher when she is older."

The first episode of the series, produced by Simon Cowell's company Syco for the BBC, aired on January 5 in direct competition with The Voice on ITV.

First-time viewers were at first taken aback by the original format which saw high-skilled dancers voted down by an amateur audience.

It has been confirmed that The Greatest Dancer will return for a second series.

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.