Dance final in sight for Matt

*Strictly embargoed for use in print or online before 1930 hours on Saturday 9th April 2011* Picture shows: Matt Flint  TX: BBC One Saturday 9th April 2011 1830hrs
*Strictly embargoed for use in print or online before 1930 hours on Saturday 9th April 2011* Picture shows: Matt Flint TX: BBC One Saturday 9th April 2011 1830hrs

THE competition is hotting up for Scarborough’s dance star Matt Flint as he moves into the quarter finals of So You Think You Can Dance.

Tonight Matt, 29, will compete against seven other hopefuls for a place in the semi finals of the hit BBC1 show next week.

This is the first week contestants will be judged and voted for on an individual basis rather than as part of a duo.

Matt said: “It’s definitely got a different feel to it this week. I’m doing four dances - a duet, solo and two group numbers, so I think it’ll be a good show.

“But it has been a testing week with lots of extra training. I’m excited to see how it will work out.”

He added that the pressure is on this week as contestants are being voted for as individuals.

Matt said: “This is where the competition really starts. There are eight of us left at the moment and two will go on Saturday night.

“From the beginning my aim was to get to the final and it’ll be just one week away after this week.

“I’ve got my eye on the final now, for sure.”

Matt added that BBC film crews have been up in Scarborough again recording interviews with his family and friends, which will be featured in the show.

His mum Sharon and Auntie Jan will be at the live show tonight along with some of his friends.

Matt said: “It’s really important to me to have them there on the night. My mum is actually getting more famous than me now - people are always stopping her in the street!

“I’m really looking forward to coming home and having a big party with everyone - I just hope it’s in a couple of weeks, not sooner!”

Sharon said: “We spoke on the phone the other night just as Matt was on his way to a costume fitting and he said he’s had a really good week.

“It’s quite tough as he’s been doing 12-hour days, but he’s loving it.

“He’s delighted to be in the quarter finals and I’m so pleased for him.”

Mrs Flint, who works at her sister’s shop Stage Struck in Salisbury Arcade, Bar Street, added that she was so proud that Matt was in the final eight as around 2,000 people originally auditioned for the show.

She said: “He’ll be doing his utmost now and trying for a place in the final. I’ll be extremely nervous on Saturday. The atmosphere is unreal when you’re there.”

Matt has attracted lots of positive comments during the show from judges Arlene Phillips, Nigel Lythgoe, Louise Redknapp and Sisco Gomez.

The former Raincliffe School pupil started his dance career in Scarborough and was in shows at the Spa and Corner Cafe from the age of 13, along with many shows at the YMCA. After Raincliffe he went and studied at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom and has gone on to perform in a number of shows in the West End.

He has just finished a stint on Dirty Dancing and was offered a part in Shrek the Musical, but turned it down to take part in So You Think You Can Dance.

So You Think You Can Dance is on BBC1 tonight at 5.45pm with the results show at 7.30pm.