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.