Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013
Tim Vine, Ricky Hatton, Nina Conti and Jon Culshaw and a host of other stars will be donning their dancing shoes as entertainment extravaganza, “Let’s Dance for Comic Relief” returns to BBC One.
Fronted once again by Alex Jones and Steve Jones, the showdown kicks off on the 16th February and will span four weeks, with three star studded Saturday night heats culminating in a grand final on the 9th March. Each week, viewers at home will get the chance to vote for their favourite act who will gain a place in the final.
Once again, our dancing celebs will be judged each week by a panel of top TV personalities that will feature such comic legends as Frank Skinner and Jo Brand. Each week, the judges will choose from the runners up to join the viewer’s favourite in the final. There will also be a music performance from a chart topping artist each week.
Last year’s series, which raised money for Sport Relief saw Only Way is Essex stars Amy Childs and Harry Derbridge battle it out with legendary skier Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards as Scott Mills and Olly Murs took on comedian Omid Djalili. Wiping the dance floor with them all was Roland Rivron, who stole audience hearts and votes and won the show with a dazzling routine to Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice”.
Alex Jones said “I’m ridiculously excited to be back on Let’s Dance. We have some of our best comedians as panellists, and an unbelievable line up of brave celebrities who are all prepared to don their dancing shoes to raise lots of money for this year’s Red Nose Day. Earlier this year Steve and I went out to Malawi to visit a number of projects funded by Comic Relief, and we can’t wait to get stuck in, knowing that the money raised this Red Nose Day will go towards helping families in Africa and in the UK that desperately need it.”
Steve Jones added “It’s still the most fun I have on TV so I am ecstatic Let’s Dance is back with a whole host of famous faces along with famous arms, legs, necks and fingers all attempting to dance for our viewing pleasure!”
Kevin Cahill, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “We are delighted that Let’s Dance for Comic Relief is back for 2013. We’ve had some fantastic winners in the past – Robert Webb, Rufus Hound, James Thornton & Charlie Baker and Rowland Rivron – and we’ve got another great line up of celebrities competing in this year’s show. We’re confident that once again viewers will get behind the show and help raise a life changing amount of money for people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and in Africa.” Let’s Dance for Comic 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 Louise Rainbow, Lisa Chapman and Malcolm Gerrie. The series producer is Andrew Cartmell.
Notes to Editors:
Comic Relief and 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.
Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.
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.
This year, 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m and helped to change lives both in the UK and Africa. Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)
Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013 will consist of 4 x 80 minute episodes
Three heats will take place on 16th February, 23rd February and the 2nd March with the grand final taking place on the 9th March.
Each heat will feature 5 celebrity acts. The act with the most viewer’s votes each week will for through to the final along with a runner up from each week, selected by the judges.