Curtis Pritchard is the Love Islander that knows a thing or two about a Vinnese Waltz and a Foxtrot and, since dancing into our lives, the reality star has excitingly been cast as a receptionist on BBC One show The Greatest Dancer.

The show, which will return for a second series at the start of 2020, sees dance captains Cheryl Cole, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison make up a panel of judges, and Curtis, 23, will be the first port of call when budding dancers take to the stage.

And Jordan Banjo – the Britain’s Got Talent winner who hosts the show alongside Alesha Dixon has been quick to share his praise of the reality star.

Speaking exclusively to OK! online, Jordan admitted he found it hard to keep his cool when he first met new receptionist Curtis.

“As soon as I saw Curtis, I went into fan mode and said: ‘Curtis, I’ve got to ask mate, when you’re in [Love Island] how do you eat?’”

Curtis, who is dating Love Island co-star Maura Higgins, will speak to The Greatest Dancer contestants and calm them down before they step in front of the judges, and Jordan feels there’s been no better person for the role.

He said: “Curtis is a really, really nice guy. It’s quite a big role to step into – he’s the first face people see when they come for literally the biggest audition of their lives, and it’s your job to wish them luck and send them on their way. And that’s not an easy thing to do, but Curtis just absolutely smashed it.

“He’s such a nice guy. Curtis is so cool and he’s just sat there chatting to everyone and that’s the sort of person I’d like to be sat there with, someone who’s going to chat to you and reassure you and send you on your way so you go in feeling your best,” Jordan continued.

And Jordan isn’t the only one to have gushed over Curtis.

Alesha Dixon, too, has sent praise to her new co-star, writing under Curtis’ Instagram post: “You were amazing!” when he shared his experience of filming for the new show.

Fans were also huge Curtis fans, with one writing: “I was in the audience today and you did such an amazing job! Your personality shone through.”

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And a second wrote: “ Watched it tonight it was amazing!!!! You did so well well done!!!! [sic]" Another added: "Saw you today! I was watching in the audience!"

The highly anticipated The Greatest Dancer will return in early 2020, and Jordan has shared his excitement for the new series.

“Last year there were a couple of surprises, but this time the reason why I’d watch is because the audience really took it seriously. They were bang on and it was like having 2,000 Simon Cowell’s sat in the room.”

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