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03/01/2019 00:01 GMT

Cheryl Says It's 'Sad We Put A Lot Of Focus On Criticism' Ahead Of 'The Greatest Dancer' Launch

"It makes me sad that we really put a lot of focus onto criticism. Just enjoy."

Cheryl Tweedy has called on viewers to value entertainment over criticism, claiming singers and dancers are not “trying to revolutionise the world”.

The former Girls Aloud star said she does not care about the “noise” surrounding top talent, and focuses on performers’ passion for entertaining their audience.

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Cheryl Tweedy 

Cheryl suffered criticism for recent TV appearances and has called for different priorities from viewers ahead her new show, ‘The Greatest Dancer’, which begins airing on the BBC this weekend. 

The star claimed those appearing on TV screens and leaving themselves open to criticism from the public, or from a panel of judges, are only trying to entertain and not change the world.

She said: “It makes me sad that we really put a lot of focus onto criticism. Just enjoy.

“It’s entertainment, we’re not trying to revolutionise the world. People are just trying to entertain you for an hour with their talent, with their skill, with their passion.

“I’m just looking forward to watching people shine for an hour. I don’t care what noise is happening.”

As a dance captain on ‘The Greatest Dancer’, Cheryl will be developing acts, but not voting for or against them.

She’ll be doing so alongside Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse and ‘Glee’ star Matthew Morrison.

In recent months, Cheryl and Oti have been forced to address unfounded reports of on-set feuds. 

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Cheryl, Matthew and Oti 

When the latest round of tabloid claims were published in December, a rep for the singer said insisted she “absolutely loves working with Oti and has a brilliant relationship with her”.

Writing on Instagram, Oti added: “There’s absolutely no tension between @cherylofficial and myself.

“This beautiful woman has been nothing but caring, accepting and guiding towards me, she’s funny, smart and honest. @cherylofficial sis you’re an absolute QUEEN I love you dearly and cannot wait to work with you.

“If anything I feel privileged and honoured to even be picked to share the same panel as you.”

The show will be hosted by Jordan Banjo and Alesha Dixon.

‘The Greatest Dancer’ is a first partnership between Simon Cowell’s Syco and the BBC.

The first episode airs on BBC One on Saturday 5 January at 8pm.