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 16 February and will span four weeks, with three star-studded Saturday night heats culminating in a grand final on the 9 March. Each week, viewers at home will get the chance to vote for their favorite act who will gain a place in the final.
Once again, our dancing celebrities 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 favorite 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 panelists, 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.
Source: BBC Press Office
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