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The British Animal Honours Get Ready for a new breed of Hero!

ITV is to broadcast a brand new TV event that celebrates the achievements of the world’s most extraordinary animals and the people who work with them.

Filmed in front of a live audience and hosted by Paul O’Grady, The British Animal Honours are inspired by the UK’s unwavering love and connection with animals.

They fight in our wars, keep our borders safe, allow the blind and disabled to live independently, and even give us national glory in sporting events.  At a time when Pudsey won Britain’s Got Talent, Uggie the terrier helped The Artist to sweep the board at the Oscars and the Team GB horses scooped no less than three gold medals at the Olympics this new award show will celebrate these unsung heroes.  From the brave and heroic to the showbiz scene-stealers, these honourable and lovable creatures will get their chance to shine and be rewarded.

Made by the producers of the BAFTA Film and Television Awards, the one off special will honour animals in categories that cover Military Service and Bravery as well as Performance and Conservation – telling their stories with the help of star-studded VTs.  Awards will include the Bravery Award, the Military Service Award, the Inspirational Animal Award as well as the Superstar Animal Award and the Internet Star Award.  We’ll meet the animals and their proud handlers as they collect their awards and where appropriate some will even stage demonstrations of their work just for the programme.

The British Animal Honours are the people’s animal champions – decided by an expert jury but nominated by members of the public whose lives have been touched by these special creatures.

The British Animal Honours will be made by Whizz Kid Entertainment.  They were commissioned for ITV by Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment and Clarie Zolkwer, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment.  They will executive produced for Whizz Kid by Katherine Allen.

If you know an animal that you think might qualify for an award please contact animals@whizzkidproductions.tv and you will be sent an official nomination form in the new year.

 

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For further information please contact:

Ben Webster, ITV Press Office, 0207-157 3013

Ben.webster@itv.com

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Titanic TV Spectacular Set for Belfast

Exactly 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic with the loss of 1,517 lives the home of the legendary liner, the City of Belfast, where she was built and launched, will commemorate the tragedy in a spectacular live televised event.

Commissioned by BBC Two Network and BBC Northern Ireland, the Titanic Centenary Commemoration is a joint production by Whizz Kid Entertainment (Orange British Academy Film Awards/Let’s Dance for Comic Relief) and Belfast-based integrated communications agency ASG.

The 90-minute prime time event will be broadcast across the UK from the Waterfront Hall on the night of April 14 – the same date the Titanic met her tragic end on her maiden voyage a century ago.

The story of the legendary liner, and those who built and sailed on her, will be retold through orchestral performances, a massed choir and documentary and archive material, presented by a line-up of internationally acclaimed artists which will be announced in the New Year.

The project is the creative idea of Colin Anderson OBE, former NI Screen Chairman and Chairman of ASG Limited, and Northern Ireland TV producer and director John Anderson.

The Titanic Centenary Commemoration, which is supported by Belfast City Council, Tourism Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen, will also be distributed internationally and talks with major US networks are underway.

Malcolm Gerrie, CEO of Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “The sinking of the Titanic was, arguably, the first global media story. Certainly, her loss is a legendary event in maritime history. So to be able to stage this event on the very night disaster struck 100 years ago – and only yards from where Titanic was designed, built and launched – is hugely poignant.

“This commemoration presents a unique opportunity to bring together the very best local and international talent to remember not just the lives lost on that fateful night, but the lives of all those who helped build what was, at that time, the greatest moving man-made object on the planet.”

Colin Anderson said he and John Anderson developed the concept behind the event almost three years ago.

“I thought that this type of event presented the perfect opportunity to showcase the new forward-looking and ambitious Northern Ireland to a potentially global audience,” he explained. “I’m thrilled and excited the dream is now becoming a reality.”

 

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Let’s Dance for Comic Relief returns to BBC One for a 5th series

Whizz Kid Entertainment today announces the return of comedy dance extravaganza Let’s Dance for Comic Relief to BBC One in 2013.

Hosted once again by Steve Jones and Alex Jones, the entertainment series will see fifteen celebrity acts compete for the viewers’ vote to raise money for Comic Relief.

The series will run over four consecutive Saturday nights, comprising three heats and culminating in a final dance-off spectacular ahead of 2013’s Red Nose Day.  The 2013 champion will be following in the footsteps of previous winners Robert Webb, Rufus Hound, James Thornton & Charlie Baker and the 2012 winner: Rowland Rivron.

Let’s Dance for Comic Relief is produced for BBC One by Whizz Kid Entertainment. The Commissioner for the BBC is Jo Wallace and the Executive Producers for Whizz Kid Entertainment are Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Louise Rainbow.

The next Red Nose Day takes place on Friday 15th March 2013.

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Notes to editors: 

Whizz Kid Entertainment is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and CEO Malcolm Gerrie (former CEO of Initial, part of the Endemol Group).  The Chairman is Patrick McKenna (CEO Ingenious) and Lisa Chapman is Managing Director.

The company produces a range of high-quality programmes specialising in formatted entertainment programmes, live events, music, digital and arts programming.  Production highlights include:  Let’s Dance for Comic/Sport Relief (BBC One), the Orange British Academy Film Awards (BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three), Being… N-Dubz (Channel 4), Camp Bestival and Bestival 3D (Sky Arts / Sky 3D), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4), U2 Live On YouTube (YouTube, Sky1HD), Titanic: A Commemoration In Music & Film (BBC Two), The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury Publishing on-line), George Michael the Road to Wembley (Channel 4) Please visit www.whizzkid.tv for more information on our shows and team.

Press contact:

Tracey Lloyd: General Manager, Whizz Kid Entertainment

Tel: + 44 20 7440 2550 or + 44 7841 997682

Email: tracey@whizzkid.tv

About Red Nose Day:

  • Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.
  • By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you’re helping to change lives forever.  That’s because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.
  • Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One.  At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done.  That something was Comic Relief.  The idea was simple – Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need.  Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m. To date, thirteen Red Nose Days have raised more than £600m.  That money has helped, and is helping, to support people and communities in dire need both in the UK and Africa.
  • Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

 

 

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We are delighted to announce that Stand Up To Cancer is coming to Channel 4 this Autumn

Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK are joining forces to launch ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ in the UK. Television, music and film stars will come together in October in a new national fundraising event to galvanise the public in the fight against cancer. The on-air season will build over a whole week on Channel 4, culminating in a live fundraising entertainment extravaganza.

The season will deliver a range of Channel 4’s factual entertainment and health programming and feature some of C4’s biggest names including Alan Carr, Davina and Dr. Christian Jessen.

Since Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) began in the USA in 2008 with a roadblock telecast across ABC, CBS and NBC, it has harnessed the support of the entertainment industry to raise more than £100 million for cancer research focused on bringing more effective and less toxic treatments to patients quickly. SU2C is an Entertainment Industry Foundation initiative.

The third US-based telecast will take place on Sept. 7, 2012. Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who has been involved with SU2C for years, is a co-executive producer of that programme.

Paltrow will also participate in a September launch event in London where the full line-up and more details about the Channel 4 season will be revealed.

Gwyneth Paltrow says: “Like so many people all over the world, I know what it’s like to lose a loved one to cancer; it took my Dad in the prime of his life. Stand Up To Cancer has the power to revolutionise the way we fight this disease, by uniting doctors, scientists and patients in groundbreaking research. This special broadcast will mark a wonderful milestone as SU2C evolves into a true global movement.”

Stand Up To Cancer on Channel 4 will engage the UK public in a nationwide effort to get involved and donate – to show their support and raise millions for the fight against cancer.

Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4, says: “Sadly most of us – more than 1 in 3 – will be touched by cancer at some point in our lives. Stand Up To Cancer is about doing what Channel 4 does best – focusing attention on an important issue using entertainment and comedy. We hope to raise vital funds for trials that could save lives.”

Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, says: “We want everyone in the UK to unite and stand up to this devastating disease. We’ve made incredible progress in the last 40 years but there’s so much more to do. It’s not just technology or knowledge that we need to win our fight to beat cancer – it’s funding – and every pound we raise is a step closer to achieving our goal to beat this disease. We are entering the ‘golden age’ of cancer research – but each and every one of us can stand up and make a difference right now to come together to raise vital funds for clinical research, accelerate progress and ultimately save more lives.”

In the run up to the televised event, Cancer Research UK will be urging the public to get involved and fundraise in unique and creative ways to help raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

“Worldwide, cancer now takes 8 million lives each year, and experts fear that number will more than double by 2030,” says Lisa Paulsen, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Co-Founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “Reversing that trend requires a truly global movement, and we’re honoured to have Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 join in helping build it.”

“This collaboration will allow us to make an even greater impact in the world of cancer research, and engage the people of the UK in an inspiring initiative to end cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death,” says Stand Up To Cancer Executive Leadership Council member Pam Williams.

Funds raised through the Stand Up To Cancer campaign will go specifically towards the UK’s leading clinical research, ensuring that new treatments get to patients faster. UK-based researchers at hospitals, universities, charities and research institutes across the UK will be able to apply for grants from the Stand Up To Cancer fund through an open call for proposals. Reflecting the collaboration with the USA, 20 per cent of funds raised will support UK-US collaborative research to develop state-of-theart new treatments to benefit patients here in the UK.

For up to date information please go to www.standuptocancer.org.uk or www.channel4.com/su2c Channel 4 has commissioned Whizz Kid Entertainment to produce the central hub for the live fundraising show. Further confirmation of programming and other production companies taking part will follow.

Stand Up To Cancer US is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation – a US-based not-forprofit organization.

 

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Notes to editors:

About Channel 4

Channel 4 launched on 2nd November 1982 and is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded, public service broadcaster. It receives no public funding and all profit generated by commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of Channel 4’s public service remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive.

In addition to the main Channel 4 service, the portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4 and 4Music, as well as an ever-growing range of online activities that includes channel4.com, Channel 4’s bespoke videoon-demand service 4oD and standalone digital projects. Through its film arm Film4, Channel 4 is also a key supporter of British film making talent.

Channel 4 is a major investor in the UK’s creative economy, working with around 300 creative companies from across the UK every year and investing significantly in training and talent development throughout the industry

About Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research The charity’s ground breaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. This work is funded entirely by the public.

Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.

Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to beat cancer.

About stand Up to Cancer (Us show)

In 2008 SU2C launched in the USA on 3 major networks & was the first ever non-emergency fundraising event to be simultaneously broadcast across several major networks

In 2010 it aired on 18 US TV channels including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

SU2C is a programme of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and utilises the assets of this industry to engage the public in unique ways

To date over $180m has been pledged to SU2C to fund collaborative cancer research The American show is a 60-minute fundraising special bringing together music, movies, TV, live music performances, comedy and live science

Stars such as Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, George Clooney, Leona Lewis, Rhianna, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Rob Lowe, Scarlett Johansson, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Neil Diamond, Delta Goodrem, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Cindy Crawford, Renée Zellweger, Vanessa Hudgens and Kareem Abdul Jabbar are just some of the talent who supported Stand Up To

Whizz Kid Entertainment

Whizz Kid Entertainment produces a range of high-quality programmes specialising in prime-time entertainment, ground-breaking live events, digital and arts programming.www.whizz-kid.tv

Cancer research UK sponsors

We are proudly supported by Tesco (our lead sponsor), BT, ScottishPower and TK Maxx. about tesco

Tesco will be raising vital funds for clinical research through an in-store stock donation campaign, merchandise sales and staff and customer fundraising

Tesco is committed to helping the nation fight cancer and since 2000 has raised over £30 million to help a range of UK cancer charities to deliver services in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for people in communities across the UK www.tesco.com

In addition Cancer Research UK is Tesco Charity of the Year 2012 and together we hope to raise £10 million to fund 32 early diagnosis and detection research projects across the UK

Tesco is also the lead partner for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events series which it has been supporting for 11 years

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

BT’s people and services have played an integral role in the operation of telethons since 1980. In 2012 we helped to raise £38.5 million for our charity partners through our telethon efforts. We will use our core expertise to provide infrastructure, network management, online giving platforms (MyDonate for Telethons and Appeals) for Stand Up To Cancer.

BT is the official communications services partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. BT is also a sustainability partner of the Games and a Premier Partner of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

In the year ended 31 March 2012, BT Group’s revenue was £18,897m with profit before taxation of £2,445m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com

About ScottishPower

In 2012 ScottishPower announced a new three year relationship with Cancer Research UK. The Company aims to help raise over £5m for Cancer Research UK and to date has helped raise over £750,000 through its dedicated energy product and support for Race for Life events.

ScottishPower’s Sponsorship of Stand Up to Cancer will provide a further platform for them to engage their employees and customers to continue to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK through employee fun days and their customer communications.

On the night of the telethon around 300 ScottishPower telephone operators will give up their time to man the phones throughout the live show to take pledges.

ScottishPower is the Official Energy Sponsor for Race for Life events. For more information, visit http:// www.scottishpower.co.uk/cancer-research-uk/

About TK Maxx

Designer brands-for-less retailer TK Maxx will be raising vital funds for clinical cancer research through sales of merchandise

TK Maxx has a proud history of supporting Cancer Research UK through Give Up Clothes for Good, the UK’s biggest and longest running charity clothing collection campaign raising money to help beat kids’ cancer. Since 2004 our partnership has raised more than £13 million

TK Maxx is a designer brands-for-less retailer implementing a unique ‘off-price’ concept which originated in the US. It sells designer and high street brands of womenswear, menswear, homeware, childrenswear, gifts and accessories at up to 60% less than the recommended retail price (RRP). TK Maxx has over 240 stores across the UK or you can buy online at www.tkmaxx.com

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More names added to the line up for ‘Titanic a Commemoration in Music and Film’

Katie Melua, Lisa Hannigan, Mica Paris and Maverick Sabre have been added to the line up for Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film.

Confirming the announcement Katie says: “Belfast will always have a special place in my heart so it is an honour to return to the birthplace of the Titanic, a city I once called home, for this special commemoration. I’m really looking forward to performing at what I’m sure will be a very memorable and moving event.”

They join a line up which includes Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, Nicola Benedetti, Charlie Siem, the Ulster Orchestra, Alfie Boe and the Irish Harp Orchestra, with award-winning broadcaster John Humphrys hosting the event.

The event which broadcasts live on BBC Two at 8.30pm from Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on April 14, is a unique mix of live music and film. The films tell the story of the RMS Titanic, those who made her and those who sailed and worked on her including the band members who carried on playing while the ship was sinking.

Janice Hadlow; Controller BBC Two said: “We are delighted to bring Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film to audiences across the UK live on BBC 2 from the Waterfront in Belfast, where the world’s most famous ship was built.

“The concert will be a dignified commemoration of those who died and a celebration of the craftsmanship and endeavour it took to build this iconic ship. The talent line-up includes local, national and international stars who will bring the story of Titanic to life in a fitting tribute 100 years after the ship’s sinking in the North Atlantic.”

Jamie Cullum, who talks about the importance of music on board the Titanic in the programme, said: “The Titanic tells us so much about the social history of the time – the separation of classes and the way the music acts like a window on this era. The musicians in particular still touch people today because they were normal people who acted in an extraordinary way when they played the instruments they loved, to calm the passengers and no doubt themselves.”

The documentary also features contributions from Belfast-born Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton and Simon Callow who will be reading accounts written at the time of the disaster.

This commemorative event also features readings read by Northern Ireland actors Bronagh Gallagher, Merlin’s Colin Morgan, Ian McElhinney and British actress and writer Alexis Zegerman.

On her contribution Bronagh Gallagher said: “I am looking forward to being part of this unique event, to honour all the men and woman who built such an incredible ship on our home soil. To pay the utmost respect to the people who lost their lives in such an terrible tragedy and to honour the survivors. It will be a privilege to retell their personal stories, their experiences on board The Titanic and dreams for their future through their letters to their loved ones.”

Colin Morgan says: “I feel truly honoured to be coming home for the Titanic Commemoration. For what was both a colossal feat of shipbuilding achievement and an unimaginable tragedy and to honour all those who lived, worked and lost their lives in the time of Titanic and for the families who were left behind. Everything that Titanic stands for – it’s splendour, it’s crew, it’s passengers, it’s only voyage and ultimate destruction – is remembered at this time and I know that all us Northern Irelanders will do everyone and everything associated with the Titanic proud by joining in and making this historic event truly special.”

The show will also feature the world premiere of Titanic Drums, an original composition by John Anderson featuring 100 traditional drummers from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, massed choir, soloist Peter Corry and six times World Champion drummer Mark Wilson.

Details of the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2012/16/titanic-commemoration. html

There was heavy demand for complimentary tickets to this event. Applications for tickets have now closed.

The project has been commissioned by BBC Two and BBC Northern Ireland from independent production company Whizz Kid Entertainment and Anderson Spratt Group Ltd and received funding from Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Northern Ireland Screen and is supported by Belfast City Council and Tourism Ireland.

A Whizz Kid Entertainment / ASG Co-production for BBC Two and BBC Northern Ireland.

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Rowland Rivron is the Let’s Dance for Sport Relief Champion 2012!!

Rowland Rivron has freestyled his way to victory in the grand final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief after impressing viewers and panellists alike, not once but twice with his show stopping performance of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Weapon of Choice’.

Viewers tuned in to a supreme dance off between all eight acts that made it through to this year’s final, Eastenders’ Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett; comedian Terry Alderton; former Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards; comedian Miles Jupp; actors Dani Harmer and Tyger Drew-Honey; standup comic Omid Djalili; comedian and writer Rowland Rivron; along with javelin champion and comedy trio Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers.

It was a tense wait as presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Rowland as their champion. “I’m completely gobsmacked, I honestly didn’t think I had a hope in hell’s chance of winning this. I thought I was in it to make up the numbers.” said a surprised Rowland following the show, adding “I thought I was quite sedate but there you go, it’s a funny old World.”

Reigning title holders, James Thornton and Charlie Baker were on hand to pass over the dance baton and this year’s title, presenting Rowland with the Let’s Dance for Sport Relief Champion 2012 trophy. Tonight’s panellists, Queen choreographer, judge and tv presenter Arlene Phillips joined comics Frank Skinner and Rhod Gilbert, who were on hand to deliver their verdict on the night’s performances.

Frank Skinner: “The message to any young people watching this is don’t be afraid of middle age it can be beautiful.” going on to add, “It’s honestly one of the best dances I’ve ever seen on this show, I totally loved it.”

Arlene Phillips: “Roland you are my weapon of massive choice, I am telling you, you have style dripping of you like molten lava and those stalk walks, I’m gonna be stalking you.”

Rhod Gilbert: “Potentially that could have been a disaster, it’s such a cool song.” Adding, “It was such a brave bold choice because your dancing is so exposed on your own up there. Awesome.” Rowland then closed the series in style with a final reminder of why he is the nation’s favourite and Let’s Dance for Sport Relief Champion 2012 treating viewers to a final encore of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Weapon of Choice’.

There were performances from JLS with the official Sport Relief 2012 single ‘Proud’ and a spectacular exclusive UK perforamance by Katy Perry with new release ‘Part of Me’.

Tonight’s show was the last in a series of heats which saw Let’s Dance viewers raise over a million pounds for Sport Relief.

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For further information please contact:

Michaela Fielding| michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk | 020 8576 7935 
Gail Davidson| gail.davidson@bbc.co.uk | 020 8576 7935

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Rowland Rivron and Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers Complete The Line-Up For The Final Of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief!

Rowland Rivron and Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers are the last two acts through and complete next week’s line up for the final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief in the fourth and final heat of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that viewers had voted Rowland Rivron through to the final on Saturday 17 March, after his impressive performance of Fatboy Slim ‘Weapon Of Choice’. Runners up Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley and Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers then faced the three panellists, Jo Brand, Russell Kane and Lee Nelson, who were left to decide which act deserved to win the last remaining place in the final, after their performances of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Weapon Of Choice, and The Bee Gees’ ‘You Should Be Dancing’ respectively.

Panellists Russell Kane and Jo Brand both voted for Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers giving them the majority vote and a place in the final alongside Rowland Rivron.

Following Rowland Rivron’s winning performance, the panellists said:

Russell Kane: “That is the dance to beat tonight. That was absolutely unbelievable. The choreography was spot on. It was like someone had fed one of my uncles a bottle of cod liver oil or something. It was fantastic. Amazing dancing. Well done – you should be really proud of yourself.”

Jo Brand: “It was brilliant. Rowland – I’ve secretly loved you for years and now I openly love you and you are going to be corralled by every menopausal woman in the country after this and I’m leading the charge.”

Lee Nelson: “Rowland, my man, that was qualiteee. Unbelievable. I would phone myself but I ain’t got no credit…he needs an ambulance – he looks like he’s going to collapse.”

On confirming his place in the final with a fantastic performance of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Weapon Of Choice,’ Rowland said: “I’m underwhelmed…I’m very chuffed. Well done to these other guys. I was a contender, I was a contender but there you go.”

The viewers’ favourite Rowland Rivron then closed the show with one more rendition of Fatboy Slim ‘Weapon Of Choice’.

Tonight’s show was the last of the heats and saw Watson and Oliver, Patrick Monahan, and Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley eliminated.

There were also performances from LMFAO with ‘Sorry for Party Rocking’ and Will Young who performed his latest track ‘Losing Myself’.

Next week, all eight celebrity acts: Eastenders’ Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett; comedian Terry Alderton; former Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards; comedian Miles Jupp; actors Dani Harmer and Tyger Drew-Honey, comedian Omid Djalili; join tonights winners Rowland Rivron and Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers as they return to take to the floor for the last time in a bid for the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief 2012 title. Next week’s grand final will air on BBC One and BBC One HD at 7.10pm – 8.45pm.

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For further information contact:

Michaela Fielding| michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk | 020 8576 7935 
Gail Davidson| gail.davidson@bbc.co.uk | 020 8576 7935

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Katy Perry to perform in UK exclusively on Let’s Dance For Sport Relief

Katy Perry has been confirmed for an exclusive UK performance of her brand new single, Part Of Me during the live Grand Final of BBC One’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief on Saturday 17 March. She joins JLS who will also entertain the audience with a special performance of their Sport Relief single, Proud, during the show that will see eight finalists pulling out all the stops as they dance into the spotlight once more in a bid to be crowned the Let’s Dance for Sport Relief 2012 Champion.

Alex Jones and Steve Jones will host the live final, as viewers will vote for who they want to win the coveted twinkle-toed champion of the dance floor title. Over the past four weeks, twenty celebrity acts have been performing iconic dance routines, from Tina Turner’s Proud Mary to Lady GaGa & Beyonce’s Telephone in a bid to impress the judges and viewers, and win a place in the final.

This week, the finalists will have to go all out to wow the viewers as the winner will be crowned based on the viewers’ phone votes alone. The panel Paddy McGuinness, Rhod Gilbert and Frank Skinner, will be on hand to offer their opinions on all of the performances.

Last year Emmerdale’s James Thornton and comedian Charlie Baker stole the show with their unforgettable Putting on the Ritz tap routine, but who will dance their way to victory and take the crown this year?

Let’s Dance For Sport Relief is simulcast on BBC One and BBC One HD

 

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For further information contact:

Michaela Fielding| michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk | 020 8576 7935 
Gail Davidson| gail.davidson@bbc.co.uk | 020 8576 7935

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Dani Harmer and Tyger Drew-Honey swing their way into the final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief

Dani Harmer and Tyger Drew-Honey join Omid Djalili as the fifth and sixth acts to hot step their way into the final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, after impressing viewers with their show stopping performances in the third round of the series.

Hosts Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that viewers had voted actors Dani and Tyger through to the final on Saturday 17 March, after their spectacular performance of Fat Sam’s Grand Slam from the film Bugsy Malone.

Runners up Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills dancing with pop star Olly Murs joined comedian Omid Djalili who then faced this week’s panellists, Tim Minchin, Katy Brand and Ed Byrne, who had the difficult decision of choosing who deserved the sixth place in the final after their performances of Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO and Fight The Power, Public Enemy respectively.

The panellists voted unanimously for Omid Djalili sweeping him through to the final.

Following Dani and Tyger’s winning performance, the panellists commented:

Tim Minchin: “I think it’s disgusting how you can be so young and so good at stuff. You look awesome, a performance with such maturity performed by a man who has to draw his moustache on with eyeliner is surprising”.

Katy Brand: “Amazing, proper old school showbiz full on performance”, adding “I think you make a lovely couple and I think you should get married”.

Ed Byrne: “Three words people west, end, hit!”.

On confirming their place in the final with a fantastic performance of Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, Bugsy Malone Dani said: “I’m absolutely flabbergasted, thank you so much to everyone who voted.” as Tyger added “It’s such a surprise but it feels amazing but now we’ve got to do it again!”

Dani and Tyger then closed the show with an encore of the viewers’ choice Fat Sam’s Grand Slam. Tonight’s show was the third of four heats and saw Scott Mills and Olly Murs; Arabella Weir; and Kirsten O’Brien eliminated.

There were also performances from Tinchy Stryder Ft. Pixie Lott with new single ‘’Bright Lights’ and Chris Isaak who sang his latest release ‘Great Balls of Fire’.

Next week is the final heat as five more celebrity contestants will take to the stage in a bid for the remaining two places in the final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief alongside Eastenders’ Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett; comedian Terry Alderton; former Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards; comedian Miles Jupp and tonights winners Dani Harmer and Tyger Drew-Honey and comedian Omid Djalili. Next week’s show will air on BBC One and BBC One HD at 7.10pm – 8.30pm.

 

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Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Miles Jupp are the next two acts to sweep their way into the final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Miles Jupp are the next two acts to sweep their way into the final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, following their outstanding performances in the second show of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that viewers had voted former Olympic ski jumper Eddie through to the final on Saturday 17 March, after his tribute to Soul Bossa Nova, Austin Powers. Runners up Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge joined Miles Jupp who then faced this weeks panellists, Rufus Hound, Vic Reeves and Iain Lee, who had the tough decision of which act deserved to win the fourth sought-after place in the final, following their performances of Me Against the Music, Britney Spears and Madonna, and Firestarter, Prodigy respectively.

Panellists Iain Lee and Vic Reeves both voted for Miles Jupp giving him the majority vote and a place in the final alongside Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.

Following Eddie’s uncanny performance, the panellists said: Rufus Hound: “You’ve got Austin Powers dance moves but the Elephant Man’s voice, that’s a heck of trick to pull off”, adding, “As Austin Powers himself said, ‘Groovy Baby’”.

Iain Lee: “I thought it was excellent, you look a cross between Dennis Pennis, Peter Noone and my Uncle and it’s all a little bit creepy but that’s what the sixties were like I’m told”.

Vic Reeves: “That was technically the most proficient dance ever performed, I believe, personally, excellent, well done.”

On confirming his place in the final with an engaging performance of Firestarter, Prodigy Miles Jupp said: “Thank you, it’s everything I wanted”.

The viewers’ favourite Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards then closed the show with one more rendition of those winning moves to Soul Bossa Nova.

Tonight’s show was the second of four heats and saw Ava Vidal; Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge; and Alice Barry eliminated.

There were performances from Brits winner Ed Sheeran with his latest single ‘Drunk’ and Alexandra Burke who sang her new track ‘Elephant’.

Next week, five more celebrity contestants will take to the floor with more iconic dance routines in a bid to win viewers over and secure their place in the final alongside Eastenders’ Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett; comedian Terry Alderton; and tonight’s winners, former Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and comedian Miles Jupp.

Next week’s show will air on BBC One and BBC One HD at 7.00pm – 8.20pm.

 

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