Rufus Hound is the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Champion – 2010!
Rufus Hound has fought his way to victory in the grand finale of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, following a show-stopping performance of Fight For This Love.
After the viewers were treated to an almighty dance off between the six finalists – Rufus Hound (Fight For This Love), Katy Brand (Single Ladies), Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold (Born To Hand Jive), Debra Stephenson (Smooth Criminal), Cheryl Fergison (Ice Ice Baby) and The Grumpy Old Women (Poker Face), presenters Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Rufus Hound as their favourite and the show’s champion.
However, in a night of high drama, Cheryl Fergison had to pullout of dancing live on the show, when she pulled a muscle during rehearsals earlier in the evening. A recording of her performance from last week was shown instead, enabling viewers to phone in and vote for her.
After his win Rufus Hound thanked his choreographers saying: “They’ve been amazing, very patient. It’s not easy getting a fat lad to move like this. So they’ve done a heck of a job!”
Following Rufus’ performance, last year’s winner and finale panellist, Robert Webb said: “It almost goes without saying you are more compelling and watchable than Cheryl Cole. However, what you’ve also added is a costume that clearly hurts – in my experience the British public respects that!”
Impressionist, John Culshaw commented: “I was loving that like the audience. I’m a great fan of your work anyway, I think you’re a brilliant comedian on Argumental and all the shows you do. Brilliant attitude that went over into the dance and (in the voice of Simon Cowell) – I think Simon Cowell would be very happy with the beautiful tribute you paid to his Cheryl. I thought that was very deeply moving – it’s three yeses!”
Comedian, Jack Dee followed with: “Rufus, Rufus Hound. You are a hound. That was world class and you’ve given us my mojo back. Can I just say, this is a charity, when you take that leotard off could you please incinerate it! Well done. It was very good.”
Following the hand-over of the Let’s Dance trophy by last year’s champion, Robert Webb, viewers’ favourite Rufus Hound then closed the series in style with a memorable encore of their homage to Fight For This Love.
Tonight’s show also included performances from N-Dubz, with their latest single, Playing With Fire and the cast of Billy Elliot performing Expressing Yourself
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Notes to editors:
Each phone vote costs 50p from a BT landline, of which 36.8p goes to Sport Relief
As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 19th March to Sunday 21st March 2010 including a night of Sport Relief telly on BBC One and the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday 21st March. All the cash raised by the public will help transform the lives of those living tough lives across the UK and the world’s poorest countries.
Since its launch in 2002, millions of people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £80 million. Sport Relief has a unique history of dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge, from David Walliams’ astonishing swim across the English Channel to Eddie Izzard’s truly amazing marathon a day around the UK. Further information is available on www.sportrelief.com
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).