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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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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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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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Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett are through to the final with Terry Alderton in week one of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief!

Eastenders’ Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett along with comedian Terry Alderton are the fi rst two acts to boogie their way into the fi nal of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, after impressing viewers with their show stopping performances in the fi rst show of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that viewers had voted Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett through to the live fi nal on Saturday 17 March, after their spectacular performance of Telephone, Lady Gaga and Beyonce.

Runners up Terry Alderton and Tony Blackburn and David Hamilton then faced the three panellists, Greg Davies, Keith Lemon and Graham Norton, who were left to decide which act deserved to win the second coveted place in the fi nal, after their performances of Proud Mary, Tina Turner and Push It, Salt ‘n’ Pepa respectively.

Panellists Greg Davies and Keith Lemon both voted for Terry Alderton giving him the majority vote and a place in the fi nal alongside Tameka and Laurie.

Following Tameka and Laurie’s winning performance, the panellists said: Graham Norton: “You could have heated your tea up on that, it was hot, hot, hot”. Greg Davies: “I haven’t actually seen the original Lady Gaga video but it can’t have been better than that. Honestly half way through I just started roaring like a lion”.

Keith Lemon: “I got all butterfl ies in my thighs and it went to my hidden bits. It was amazing”. On confi rming his place in the fi nal with a fantastic performance Proud Mary, Tina Turner, Terry Alderton said: “I can’t wait, I think you’re going to be a bit worried I’m coming back”.

The viewers’ favourite Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett then closed the show with one more rendition of Telephone.

Tonight’s show was the fi rst of four heats and saw Angelos Epithemiou and Ulrika Jonsson: Tony Blackburn and David Hamilton: and Darren Gough eliminated.

There were also performances from JLS who sang their hit ‘Do You Feel What I Feel’ and Jessie J who sang her number one song ‘Domino’.

Next week, fi ve more celebrity contestants will take to the fl oor in a bid to wow viewers with iconic dance routines and win a place in the fi nal of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief. Next week’s show will air on BBC One and BBC One HD at 7.10 – 8.30pm.

 

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Let’s Dance For Sport Relief reveals celebrity names

Alex Jones and Steve Jones return to host the show, which will see stars of comedy, television, entertainment and sport, slipping on their dancing shoes and showing off their dance moves to raise money for Sport Relief.

Among those taking to the stage to trip the light fantastic and raise money for Sport Relief are Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Amy Childs & Harry Derbridge, Angelos Epithemiou & Ulrika Jonsson, Ava Vidal, Terry Alderton, Arabella Weir, Tony Blackburn & David Hamilton, Scott Mills & Olly Murs, Omid Djalili, Watson & Oliver, Patrick Monahan and Rowland Rivron.

This year will see the competition extended across fi ve weeks, with four heats culminating in a spectacular fi nal on Saturday 17 March. Let’s Dance For Sport Relief will see the acts (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) dance their version of some of the world’s most iconic dance routines in front of a live studio audience. Each week the stars will be battling it out to wow viewers with their moves, and secure a place in the grand fi nal in week five.

Who goes through and who gets a chance to compete in the fi nal will be down to the public and the panel. The fi nal will see eight celebrity acts dance with the hope of being crowned the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Champion. Proceeds from the voting will go to Sport Relief.

There will be a weekly rotating panel, made up of comedians, some of whom are former contestants who will review each of the performances. The panel of three, together with the viewers will vote for their favourite two acts to go through to the fi nal and be in with a chance to be crowned Let’s Dance champion 2012.

Audiences will also be treated to weekly performances from the likes of JLS, Will Young, LMFAO, Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott.Let’s Dance for Sport Relief is produced for the BBC by Whizz Kid Entertainment. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Jo Wallace and the Executive Producers for Whizz Kid Entertainment are Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Barbara Lee

 

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Let’s Dance for Sport Relief returns with Steve Jones and Alex Jones

The BBC today announces the return of dance extravaganza Let’s Dance for Sport Relief to BBC One. Hosted once again by Steve Jones and Alex Jones, the 5 x 80 minute glitter-fuelled extravaganza series will follow 20 sparkly celebrity acts from the worlds of TV, comedy and sport as they perform in the hope of winning votes and being crowned champion of the dance floor.

Last series, Emmerdale’s James Thornton and comedian Charlie Baker proved a toe tapping hit with the viewers, beating the likes of Noel Fielding, Russell Kane, Katie Price and Lulu to be voted winners of one of the most coveted trophies in the dancing world. Who will win over the viewers this year with their hip wiggling routine?

The series will run over five consecutive Saturday nights, comprising four heats and culminating in a final dance-off spectacular ahead of 2012’s big Sport Relief night.

Alex Jones said: “I am so excited to be back on such a great show with the fabulous Steve Jones. After my time on Strictly I am only sorry that it won’t be me dancing the night away!”

Steve Jones said: “The BBC, Let’s Dance, and Alex Jones…..Three of my favourite things. I couldn’t ask for a better show to come home to…I can’t wait!”

Jo Wallace, Executive Editor Comedy Entertainment, said “I am delighted that Alex and Steve will both be coming back to host Let’s Dance for Sport Relief. Following on from Charlie and James’s fantastic winning routine last year; I can’t wait to see the celebrities taking part this year light up our screens on a Saturday night. It’s entertainment at its best, with the whole family able to sit around the television and pick their favourite.

Malcolm Gerrie, Executive Producer for Whizz Kid Entertainment said: ‘”We are proud to have raised so much money for Comic Relief to date and we’ll be pulling out all the stops this series to wow BBC One viewers with more of the UK’s top talent performing like you’ve never seen them before. Steve and Alex are a great double act and it’s fantastic that we have them back together again.”

Kevin Cahill, CEO of Comic Relief said: “We are delighted that Let’s Dance for Sport Relief is back for 2012. Following a wonderful fundraising total for Red Nose Day this year, we’re confident that once again viewers will go the extra mile and help raise a life changing amount of money for people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and across the world.”

Let’s Dance for Sport Relief is produced for the BBC by Whizz Kid Entertainment. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Jo Wallace and the Executive Producers for Whizz Kid Entertainment are Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Barbara Lee.

 

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Whizz Kid to Produce “Turner Prize” for Channel 4

Channel 4 is marking its 20-year association with the Turner Prize by increasing its programming and sponsoring the Prize fund. The broadcaster has commissioning a dedicated half-hour programme from Whizz Kid Entertainment featuring the live announcement of the winner from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

plus an hour-long documentary from Illuminations charting the highs and lows of Britain’s most famous contemporary art prize, for More4.

A series of short films about the shortlisted artists will feature on Channel 4 as part of Random Acts, the late-night short form arts strand launched in September. The films will be produced by Tate Media. Tabitha Jackson, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Arts, said: “I’m delighted that we are marking our 20 year association with the Turner Prize by restating and increasing our commitment to the Prize, to our partnership with the Tate, and to the vibrant state of contemporary art in this country. The Turner Prize is both esteemed and controversial – a perfect fit for Channel 4.”

Whizz Kid Entertainment will produce the half-hour programme live from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. The programme will be hosted by Lauren Laverne who will be joined by a panel of special guests. The programme will feature interviews with the nominated artists, the announcement of winner as it happens as well as reactions and discussion from the panel.

Channel 4 has also commissioned Illuminations to make a one-hour programme about the history of the prize, presented by surreal comedian and artist Vic Reeves and featuring interviews with artists Grayson Perry and Cornelia Parker plus critics including Tim Marlow and Brian Sewell.

About the More4 Turner Prize Show (w/t)
In 1991 Channel 4 resurrected The Turner Prize and devoted primetime television to the award. Contemporary art broke out of the gallery and crashed in the British living room. Vic Reeves, himself a painter, interviews artists and critics and looks back at the highs and lows of 20 years of Turner Prize coverage – the controversy, the shock and the outrage – as well as its impact on the British public’s appreciation and appetite for art.. What’s the fuss been about? Has it been all bad? And why hasn’t he ever been nominated?

Producer / director: Linda Zuck

About the Turner Prize
The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 4 April 2011. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.

Contact: Justine Bower jbower@channel4.co.uk 020 7306 8427

 

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Whizz Kid Entertainment to produce the very best of Bestival, live and in 3D for Sky Arts

Whizz Kid Entertainment is delighted to announce that it will be working with Sky and Bestival to produce BESTIVAL in 3D.

In 2010, WKE produced Camp Bestival for Sky Arts and is excited to be building on that relationship and taking the show to a new level by shooting it in 3D.

Sky Arts and Sky 3D will broadcast exclusive coverage of the festival over the three days.

Bestival won BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL at the UK Festival Awards in 2010 and this year is staged once again on the Isle of Wight from 8th-11th September.

WKE will be producing 6 hours of live coverage over the three show days (2 hours per day) 9th, 10th & 11th, and producing a 90 minute ‘best of’ for Sky One.

The festival’s headline acts include Pendulum, The Cure, Brian Wilson, Primal Scream and Robyn. Malcolm Gerrie, Chief Executive, Whizz Kid Entertainment, says: “Bestival has re-written the rule book in staging what is probably the most unique event in the festival diary and these three glorious days of music, mischief and merriment affords a fabulous opportunity to create landmark television. Add 3D to this mix and you have the perfect end to a hot summer of festival fun on Sky Arts.”

Rob da Bank; Promoter says: ‘Its amazing to be part of the world’s first 3D TV festival extravaganza on Sky. Bestival in 3D will be a mindblowing explosion of colour and multi dimensional music and mayhem and it’s great to be working with Whizz Kid again to bring this to life. Having Camp Bestival too as part of the Sky festival season means we’ve got a great summer of programming ahead” Notes to Editors:

Whizz Kid Entertainment was launched in 2006 and is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and former Initial founder and CEO Malcolm Gerrie. The company was created to produce top quality programmes across a wide-range of genres including Entertainment; Factual Entertainment; Events and Music and has experienced in-house specialists in each field.

Whizz Kid Entertainment has secured a raft of commissions including Let’s Dance for …Comic Relief/ Sport Relief (BBC1), U2 on YouTube (YouTube), Being…N-Dubz (Channel 4), Elton’s New Year’s Eve Party – Live From the O2 Arena (ITV1 & ITV3), Countdown To Midnight: Take That & Guests Live At The O2 (ITV1 & ITV2), Happy Birthday Elton! (ITV1), The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BBC1), The BAFTA Television Awards (BBC1), George Michael: The Road To Wembley (Channel 4), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4), plus a major on-line production – The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for Bloomsbury Publishing.

For further information please visit: www.whizzkid.tv or contact:
Tracey Lloyd: General Manager, Whizz Kid Entertainment
Tel: + 44 20 7440 2550 or + 44 7841 997682
Email: tracey@whizzkid.tv

For more information on Bestival please contact Ziggy@getinvolvedltd.com/ 020 7604 2944

 

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James Thornton and Charlie Baker voted Let’s Dance For Comic Relief Champions – 2011!

James Thornton and Charlie Baker have tapped their way to victory in the grand finale of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief 2011, following a show-stopping performance of Puttin’ On The Ritz.

After the viewers were treated to a supreme dance off between the six finalists – Katie Price (I Want To Break Free, Queen), Charlie Baker and James Thornton (Puttin’ On The Ritz, from the musical of the same name), Noel Fielding (Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush), 80’s Super Group – Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Clare Grogan and Chesney Hawkes (Greased Lightning from the film Grease), Ade Edmondson (ably hindered by Rik Mayall to The Dying Swan from the classic ballet Swan Lake) and Russell Kane (Crazy In Love, Beyonce).

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen James and Charlie as the nation’s dance heroes. Let’s Dance veterans and former series champions, Robert Webb and Rufus Hound handed over the Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief trophy to the surprised pair as Robert announced: “Men dressed as men, the template is smashed and well done it’s about time.” and Rufus went on to add: “Understand that the moment you accept this award, for the rest of your lives, all that will happen is that people will stop you in the street and shout, do the dance. Do the dance my friends, do the dance!”

Charlie accepted the trophy going on to thank the voting public: “Thank you so much to everybody at home who voted for Comic Relief… We’ve had an absolutely brilliant time!” Best friend James added: “I just want to say thanks to everyone who voted at home, we’ve raised so much money for a brilliant cause and that’s what it’s all about and we’ve had a real laugh whilst we’ve been doing it.”

Panellists Rufus Hound, Miranda Hart and Louie Spence were on hand with their summation of the night’s performance.

Following Charlie and James performance, last year’s winner and finale panellist, Rufus said: “Charlie, I’ve known you for a long time now and I didn’t expect you to ever be doing that. I haven’t enjoyed so much clip clopping since I lived underneath that bridge. Tremendous, both of you, well done.”

Comic actress, Miranda coyly added, “You are lovely, thank you, I’ll see you in the bar later. That’s it, that’s all I can say.”

Choreographer Louie said: “You had great fluidity through the moves, it was beautiful and your rhythm was great. I’d be more than happy to be your Ginger Rodgers.”

James and Charlie then closed the series in style with a final reminder of why they are the nation’s favourite and Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief Champions 2011 treating viewers to a final encore of Puttin’ On The Ritz.

There were performances from Plan B with his latest single, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ and Nicole Scherzinger who performed her latest track, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English natasha.english@bbc.co.uk and Michaela Fielding michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

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, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

2010 Champion – Rufus Hound – Fight For This Love, Cheryl Cole

2009 Champion – Robert Webb – What A Feeling from the film Flashdance

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The final two dances hot step their way to this weekend’s finale!

Ade Edmondson and 80’s Super Group – Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Clare Grogan and Chesney Hawkes have hot footed their way straight into the final of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief next week, following their unforgettable performances in the third heat of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Ade Edmondson as their favourite, the fifth act to win a place in the final next week on Saturday 12th March after performing an emotional rendition of The Dying Swan, from the classic ballet Swan Lake.

On securing the viewers’ vote to take him through to the final, Ade commented “It makes me very nervous and humble.” adding, “I’m really just worried about whether Rik’s (Mayall) going to find out where I am next week.”

Panellist John Bishop said “You made Natalie Portman in the film Black Swan look like Anne Widdecombe, you nailed it.”

Jo Brand said “Really, really moving, that nearly turned me into a proper woman.”

And Felix Dexter added, “I felt like I was watching a great ballerina, superb, breath taking.” Runners up Joe Swash and Caroline Flack alongside the 80’s Super Group then faced the three panellists – John Bishop, Jo Brand and Felix Dexter – who decided which act would win the sixth place in the final after their performances of My Humps, Black Eyed Peas and Greased Lightning from the film Grease respectively.

Panellist John Bishop voted for the 80’s Super Group, Jo Brand voted for Joe and Caroline leaving Felix Dexter with the deciding vote which he cast the 80’s Super Group automatically putting them through into the last remaining place in the final.

The 80’s Super Group gave a united, “Fabulous.” on confirming their place in the final, with Chesney adding, “We’re totally in shock to be honest with you.”

A relieved Joe said “I think I’d have had a nervous breakdown if I had to do this again” on not making it in to the final with Caroline adding, “We have had such a fun week, we really have, we haven’t stopped laughing.”

Viewers’ favourite Ade Edmondson then closed the show with an encore of his enchanting tribute to The Dying Swan.

Tonight’s show was the final of three heats and saw performances from Ade Edmondson (The Dying Swan from the classic ballet), Marcus Brigstocke (Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas), Joe Swash & Caroline Flack (My Humps, Black Eyed Peas), Lee Nelson & Omelette (Club Tropicana, Wham!), Iain Lee(Gettin’ Jiggy With It, Will Smith), and 80’s Super Group – Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Clare Grogan and Chesney Hawkes (Greased Lightning from the film Grease).

There were also performances from Jessie J and The Wanted who treated viewers to Comic Relief’s Official Song, Gold Forever.

Next week, the finalists from tonight’s show join Katie Price (I Want To Break Free, Queen), Russell Kane (Crazy In Love, Beyonce), Noel Fielding (Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush) and Charlie Baker & James Thornton (Puttin’ On The Ritz, from the musical of the same name) in the grand finale where the six acts will battle it out for title of Let’s Dance Champion 2011.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English, 020 8576 7935 natasha.english@bbc.co.uk and Michaela Fielding, 020 8576 7935michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

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, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

 

 

 

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James Thornton & Charlie Baker voted Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief Champions – 2011!

James Thornton & Charlie Baker, and Noel Fielding have strutted their stuff straight into the final of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, following their spectacular performances in the second heat of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen James & Charlie as their favourite, the third act to win a place in the final on Saturday 12 March after performing a phenomenal homage to Puttin’ on the Ritz from the musical of the same name.

On hearing that they were through to the final James said: “I genuinely can’t believe it” and Charlie said: “Thank you so much to everybody that voted, and keep supporting Comic Relief.”

Following James & Charlie’s performance, Lee Mack said: “I love tap dancing what is there more to say than that.”

Jack Whitehall said: “I thought it was brilliant you did really, really well. Also you looked like you were really, really enjoying it.”

Keith Lemon said: “It was like proper tap dancing, like proper stuff.”

Runners up Lulu and Noel Fielding then faced the three panellists – Lee Mack, Jack Whitehall and Keith Lemon – who decided which act would win the fourth place in the final after their performances of Crank That, Soulja Boy and Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush, respectively. Panellist Lee Mack voted for Noel, Jack Whitehall voted for Lulu and Keith Lemon voted for Noel who automatically won a place in the final.

When asked how he felt about winning a place in the final Noel said: “Flabbergasted! I can’t believe it. I’m excited.”

On not making it to the final Lulu said: “Remember what it’s all about, it’s all about charity so that’s why we’re here.”

Viewers’ favourite James & Charlie then closed the show with an encore of their show-stopping tribute to Puttin’ on the Ritz.

Tonight’s show was the second of three heats and also saw performances from Penny Smith (Toxic, Britney Spears), Andi Osho (Bad, Michael Jackson), and Jarred Christmas (Hung Up, Madonna). There were also performances from McFly with their latest single, ‘That’s the Truth’ and Cee Lo Green with his new track, ‘Bright Lights, Bigger City’.

Next week, six more celebrity acts will be taking to the stage in a bid to win a place in the final. The line-up includes Adrian Edmondson, Joe Swash and Caroline Flack, Lee Nelson and Omelette, Marcus Brigstocke, and 80’s super group – Toyah Wilcox, Limahl, Chesney Hawkes, Clare Grogan.

The finalists from tonight’s show will be joining Kate Price and Russell Kane in the grand finale on Saturday 12 March, where six acts will battle it out for title of Let’s Dance Champion 2011.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha English, 020 8576 7935 natasha.english@bbc.co.uk and Michaela Fielding, 020 8576 7935michaela.fielding@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.

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, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

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