Let’s Dance for… Comic Relief reveals the latest names joining the class of 2011
Katie Price, Marcus Brigstocke, Joe Swash and Waterloo Road’s Philip Martin Brown are getting ready to don on their dancing shoes and take on their other classmates for this year’s Let’s Dance for…Comic Relief.
This year’s series kicks off on Saturday 19th February on BBC One. Celebrities already limbering up for the show include: Noel Fielding, Russell Kane, Colin and Justin, Penny Smith, Andi Osho, Ed Byrne, and Rebecca Front, Lulu, Caroline Flack, Ade Edmondson, Lee Nelson and an 80’s super group of Toyah Wilcox, Clare Grogan, Chesney Hawkes and Limahl.
Alex Jones (presenter of The One Show) will join Steve Jones, to host this year’s show. Jo Wallace, BBC executive producer said, ‘We’re so excited to announce these latest names, they add to an already fantastic line up and this year’s show is shaping up to be a fun packed, high energy event all in the name of charity.”
Across three weeks Let’s Dance will see the acts (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) from the world of comedy and entertainment pay homage to and perform 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 final in week four.
Each act will work with a team of choreographers to master the dance moves from famous routines including Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, I Love To Boogie from the musical Billy Elliot and Michael Jackson’s Bad.
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 final and be in with a chance to be crowned champion of the dance floor.
Audiences will also be treated to weekly performances from the likes of JLS and Jessie J. The show will be produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment for the BBC. Jo Wallace is the executive producer for the BBC, and Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Antonia Hurford-Jones for Whizz Kid, the series producer is Barbara Lee.
This year Let’s Dance for…Comic Relief will highlight the issue of Malaria. Steve recently visited Uganda to see those communities affected first hand and we see his visit during the series. Alex has been out to Zambia on a similar mission to bring us a report on Comic Relief cash in action.
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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)