Former Strictly Come Dancing star Arlene Phillips is set for a new judging role – on a UK version of the US hit So You Think You Can Dance .

The veteran choreographer will join a panel of experts, headed by former Popstars judge Nigel Lythgoe, on the BBC show which will see contestants competing for the title of Britain’s Favourite Dancer.

Auditions will be held across the country in October, with finals to be held in January.

Each week, the finalists will be challenged to perform a different style of dance – such as jazz, hip hop, Broadway and contemporary – with a new routine taught by a different choreographer and mentor.

As with similar shows, viewers will have the chance to vote for their favourite contestant each week.

Phillips said she had always supported dance talent and was looking forward to seeing “the most promising developing before our eyes each week”.

Earlier this year the BBC announced that Phillips was being replaced by Alesha Dixon on the judging panel of Strictly.

The decision caused an outcry among fans of the show and even spawned debate in Parliament, with suggestions that the corporation was guilty of “ageism”.

So You Think You Can Dance, created by Lythgoe, has been a huge hit in the US, where it has been running for five years, and is presented by Cat Deeley.