star Kimberly Wyatt
is hoping her new U.K. TV show will inspire wayward teens to stay off the street - by taking up dance. The pop star sits on the judging panel of new talent contest "Got To Dance", which she believes will encourage youngsters at home to seek creative outlets.
She says, "As a teenager I went through a lot. You try to figure out what life means and what your purpose is. Being able to go from school straight to my dance class, getting lost in the music and using dance as a way to let out my frustration meant the world to me and kept me out of trouble.
"I think there is a different outlet for aggression for every kid, it is good to see if dance might be the one that helps.
"I'm aware of the problems in the U.K. with teenagers and knives and I think after-school clubs and youth groups make a difference."
Wyatt admits the talented contestants on the show have brought her to tears - and she was particularly moved by one troubled teen who managed to turn his life around with dance.
She adds, "There are a lot of inspirational moments in the show. It is nail-biting. There were these two street dancers but they were wearing crosses and their dances were for God. The guy dancing was with his most valued student. This kid was getting into trouble and had been to juvenile detention and he took him in and taught him to dance and release his aggression through movement."
Wyatt will work with actor Adam Garcia and street dancer Ashley Banjo to mentor wannabe dancers on the series, which airs in the New Year.
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