After weeks of auditions and live shows, Got to Dance came to an end last night (March 17), as Canadian-born Lukas McFarlane was crowned the winner.
McFarlane kicked off Got to Dance with a memorable first audition – one that judge Ashley Banjo thought might be his favourite ever. His mix of contemporary dance and charisma managed to win over the public and earned him £250,000. Not long after Davina McCall called out his name as the winner, Digital Spy had a chat with Lukas backstage to find out how he was feeling, and what his plans are for the future:
First of all, congratulations. What a performance. Not just tonight, but throughout the series. How does it feel to be crowned Got to Dance 2013 winner?
“It feels amazing, it feels unreal. Not in a million years did I ever think that this would be possible ever. I’m on cloud nine.”
And what does it mean to have your family here, especially your mum?
“It means everything. She is the reason for all of this. The fact that she could be right there and she got to be a part of that, it’s as much her success as it is mine. Amazing, amazing, amazing!”
How did it feel on stage waiting for the verdict?
“It was the worst. It was the worst feeling in the world. That waiting, with the music and the lights. My heart… oh, it was horrible, but worth it, clearly.”
This year has seen some great acts with a lot of diversity, from tap to street, animation, krumping and contemporary dance. Who did you see as your main competitor, and who did you really admire?
“I think Ruff Diamond are amazing. Their work ethic, wow. I’ve spent time round them this weekend and they never stop practising. They’re unreal, they wanted it and I really have respect for them. Also, Tom is my little brother. I’ve been there with him from the beginning, and I think he is amazing and he has so much to offer this world. I freaking love Tom!”
Have you been surprised by the level of public support?
“Yes! How I did it, I really don’t know. Thank you everyone, because I’m a no-one, I’m a nobody and yet everyone has got behind me. I don’t know. Thank you so much.”
What advice would you give anyone entering a competition like Got to Dance, or any similar show?
“I would say be you, because it always works, and if you pretend to be someone else you’re not doing yourself justice. Be you, and if you’re on a show, enjoy it. It’s a show, and take it for what it is, but most importantly be you.”
Good advice right there. What did you find was the toughest challenge during the competition?
“The mental aspect of it was so hard. There is so much pressure and so much stress involved. Physically, it’s hard but mentally, I never expected it to be this hard.”
So have you been training every day during the competition?
“For sure. I train all the time anyway, because this is my job, but I definitely went into overdrive for this competition, especially after the semi-final.”
So what’s the long-term goal you most want to achieve?
“Man, I’m so overwhelmed right now – my long-term goal is just to keep doing what I’m doing and helping people, changing people. I just want to make a difference, I don’t want to be just a dancer, I want it to mean something.”
And what music act would you like to team up with?
Does he inspire you, and is that the reason you chose his cover of ‘Impossible’ to dance to in the final?
“I worked for James Arthur on X Factor. I met him a lot, and his voice, I’ve never ever related to a voice like his. When he sings, it’s the way I feel when I dance, and I would love to collaborate with him on anything because I just think he is such a true artist. He is so true to what he does and he is not changing for the world. Hearing him makes me want to move, his voice is how I feel. He is an incredible artist.”
What will you be doing with the £250,000 prize money?
“No idea. I don’t have a clue right now. I can’t even fathom that amount of money. I’m a poor serving dancer. I will try and give some to my parents, but I don’t think they will take it, but they so deserve it.”
Finally, is there anything else you’d like to add?
“Just thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much because I don’t have anybody here, and the fact that you like what I do, because I’m just being me, that is such a cool concept. I’m so blessed, I’m so grateful.”