SCARBOROUGH dancer Matt Flint is hoping to hot-foot his way into TV history tonight as he competes in the final of hit BBC1 show So You Think You Can Dance.
The 29-year-old will battle it out against just three other finalists.
The former Raincliffe School pupil will be cheered on during the live show by his family who are travelling down to London tomorrow, along with his best friend Mike and girlfriend Dominique.
Matt spoke to the Evening News during a break in the final rehearsals for the big night.
He said: “It feels amazing to be here.
“It’ll be packed show as we’ve had to learn six routines this week, so it’s really exciting.
“I’m looking forward to it, but in a way I feel sad too because afterwards it will all be over. I’ve loved working with the team and I’ll miss them.”
Matt added that he is feeling positive about his chances of winning the competition.
He said: “We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but you never know. I think I have a chance.
“It’s been going well each week and I’ve had lots of positive feedback during the competition.”
Matt is the only male competitor who has never been in the bottom two this series. He has also emerged as the odds-on bookie’s favourite to win.
Matt, who trained as a youngster with Julie Hatton and used to dance at the YMCA, has battled a back injury and has been putting in 15-hour days to achieve his goal.
He said he is feeling a bit nervous about the final, as two of the routines are particularly hard, but added that the support he has received is spurring him on.
Matt said: “It means a lot to have my family there on the night and I’ve had so many messages of support.
“People have been coming up to my mum in town and telling her how much they’re behind me. It feels like everybody’s really taken to it and it means a lot.”
Matt’s mum Sharon will be at the live final tonight with husband Edward, their other son Luke, Matt’s auntie and uncle Janette and Paul, and his cousin Laura.
She said: “Twelve of us went out the other night with our ‘Vote Matt’ T-shirts on and we had a great response.
“The support has been amazing - lots of people were coming up to chat.
“I just can’t believe the final is here! I think he’s done a great job and we’re all extremely proud of him.
“He’s done everything possible to get this far and what will be will be.”
•So You Think You Can Dance is on BBC1 tonight at 7.15pm with the results show at 10pm.