Let's Dance for Comic Relief

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Let's Dance for Comic Relief/Sport Relief
Let's Dance for Comic Relief title card
Format Talent show
Directed by Nikki Parsons
Presented by Steve Jones (2009–13)
Alex Jones (2011–13)
Claudia Winkleman (2009–10)
Judges Anton du Beke (2009)
Various judges (2010–13)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 21
Production
Producer(s) Barbara Lee
Running time 75–90 minutes
Production company(s) Whizz Kid Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 21 February 2009 (2009-02-21) – 9 March 2013 (2013-03-09)
External links
Website

Let's Dance for Comic/Sport Relief was a British television programme shown on BBC One, featuring celebrities performing famous dance routines to raise money for the charities Comic Relief and Sport Relief.[1] The programme was presented by Steve Jones and Alex Jones, who replaced previous host Claudia Winkleman in 2011. In the first series, Anton du Beke was a regular judge, appearing alongside two guest panellists, but in the second series onwards, three guest judges were on the panel each week.

The first series aired between 21 February and 14 March 2009 and was won by Robert Webb. It raised over £300,000 for Comic Relief. The second series, in aid of Sport Relief, aired from 20 February 2010 until 14 March and was won by Rufus Hound. The third series aired between 19 February 2011 and 12 March in aid of Comic Relief, and was won by James Thornton and Charlie Baker. A fourth series aired from 18 February until 17 March 2012 in aid of Sport Relief, and was won by Rowland Rivron.[2] The fifth ran from 16 February 2013 until 9 March 2013, and was won by Antony Cotton.[3] The series' finale was the last Saturday night show to be broadcast live from BBC Television Centre.

The programme was quietly axed in December 2013 due to declining ratings.[4]

Format[edit]

The four-part series was announced by the BBC in January 2009 as part of the corporation's events surrounding Red Nose Day 2009, hosted by Steve Jones and Claudia Winkleman. For the first three programmes, six celebrity acts each recreated a famous dance routine. Viewers then voted for their favourite performer, with the proceeds from their calls going to Comic Relief/Sport Relief. The act with the most viewer votes went through to the final, and the three panellists chose a second act from the top three to go through. The top six acts then returned for the final.

In 2011, Winkleman was replaced by The One Show host Alex Jones.

Let's Dance for Comic Relief (series 1 - 2009)[edit]

Heat one (21 February)[edit]

The guest panellists the first week were Emma Bunton and Michael McIntyre. The programme also premièred the video for the charity single "Islands in the Stream" released by Gavin & Stacey actors Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon and featuring Tom Jones. The acts were, in order of performance:

Act Dance Status
Cliff Parisi and John Partridge "We're All in This Together" — from High School Musical Eliminated by the panel
Christopher Biggins and Nicki Chapman "You're the One That I Want" — from Grease Eliminated
Robert Webb "Flashdance... What a Feeling" — from Flashdance Saved by public vote
The Chefs "Thriller" — Michael Jackson Eliminated
Les Dennis "You Should Be Dancing" — from Saturday Night Fever Eliminated
Dick and Dom "Shake a Tail Feather" — from The Blues Brothers Saved by the panel

Heat two (28 February)[edit]

The guest panellists for the second week were Jamelia and Paul O'Grady. The acts were, in order of performance:

Act Dance Status
Hollyoaks "Footloose" — from Footloose Eliminated
Jo Brand "...Baby One More Time" — Britney Spears Saved by the panel
Dragons' Den "Let's Face the Music and Dance" — Nat King Cole Eliminated
Paddy McGuinness and Keith Lemon "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" — from Dirty Dancing Saved by public vote
Blue Peter "Jailhouse Rock" — Elvis Presley Eliminated by the panel
Nancy Sorrell and Neil Fox "Candyman" — Christina Aguilera Eliminated

Heat three (7 March)[edit]

The guest panellists for the third week were Lisa Snowdon and Dara Ó Briain. The acts were, in order of performance:

Act Dance Status
Angela Rippon "Big Spender" — from Sweet Charity Eliminated
Dom Joly "U Can't Touch This" — MC Hammer Eliminated
Zoë Ball and Suggs "You Never Can Tell" — from Pulp Fiction Eliminated
Denise Lewis and Martin Offiah "Shakalaka Baby" — from Bombay Dreams Saved by the panel
Fern Britton "Singin' in the Rain" — from Singin' in the Rain Eliminated by the panel
The Bill's Patrick Robinson and Lisa Maxwell Riverdance — from Riverdance Saved by the public vote
  • At the end of her performance, Britton was joined by husband Phil Vickery

Final (14 March)[edit]

The guest panellists for the final week were Denise van Outen and Michael McIntyre. Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Tom Jones performed their charity single "Islands in the Stream", Alesha Dixon performed "Let's Get Excited" and the cast of Hairspray performed "You Can't Stop the Beat". Two acts from each heat returned for the final, and they were, in order of performance:

Act Dance Status
Dick and Dom "Shake a Tail Feather" — from The Blues Brothers Out of running
Paddy McGuinness and Keith Lemon "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" — from Dirty Dancing Runners up
Denise Lewis and Martin Offiah "Shakalaka Baby" — from Bombay Dreams Out of running
Jo Brand "...Baby One More Time" — Britney Spears Out of running
The Bill's Patrick Robinson and Lisa Maxwell Riverdance — from Riverdance Out of running
Robert Webb "Flashdance... What a Feeling" — from Flashdance Winner

Reception[edit]

The final BARB figures are as follows:[8]

  • Heat one: 7.06 million
  • Heat two: 6.90 million
  • Heat three: 8.44 million
  • Final: 8.26 million

Let's Dance for Sport Relief (series 2 - 2010)[edit]

In November 2009 it was confirmed on that the show would return but this time in aid of Sport Relief. Winkleman and Jones returned to host the show which kicked off on Saturday 20 February 2010. The contestants were be judged by an all-new panel that saw the judging line-up change for all four shows (a format that would remain for the next two series).

Heat one (20 February)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Rufus Hound "Fight for This Love" — Cheryl Cole Saved by the public vote
The Olympians "Vogue" — Madonna Eliminated
Katy Brand "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" — Beyoncé Saved by the panel
Snooker vs Darts "Walk This Way" — Aerosmith and Run DMC Eliminated
Newsreaders "Kiss of Fire" — Georgia Gibbs Eliminated
Casualty and Holby City "Jai Ho" — from Slumdog Millionaire Eliminated by the panel

Heat two (27 February)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Sam and Mark "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" — Wham! Eliminated by the panel
The Champion Boxers "Bad Guys" — from Bugsy Malone Eliminated
Shappi Khorsandi "Hey Mickey" — Toni Basil Eliminated
Debra Stephenson "Smooth Criminal" — Michael Jackson Saved by the panel
The Weather Girls "It's Raining Men" — The Weather Girls Eliminated
Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold "Born To Hand Jive" — from Grease Saved by the public vote

Heat three (6 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Sally Rogers and Chris Simmons "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira Eliminated
Grumpy Old Women "Poker Face" — Lady Gaga Saved by the panel
Cheryl Fergison "Ice Ice Baby" — Vanilla Ice Saved by the public vote
Stephen K Amos "Rhythm of Life" — from Sweet Charity Eliminated
Bellamy's People "Rasputin" — Boney M. Eliminated
The Footballers "Men in Black" — Will Smith Eliminated by panel vote

Final (13 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold "Born To Hand Jive" — from Grease Out of running
Katy Brand "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" — Beyoncé Runner-Up
Grumpy Old Women "Poker Face" — Lady Gaga Out of running
Debra Stephenson "Smooth Criminal" — Michael Jackson Out of running
Cheryl Fergison "Ice Ice Baby" — Vanilla Ice Out of running
Rufus Hound "Fight for This Love" — Cheryl Cole Winner
  • Cheryl Fergison injured her leg in rehearsals and was unable to perform. However, she remained in the competition having her previous performance shown instead.

Reception[edit]

The final BARB figures are as follows:[8]

  • Heat one: 6.47 million
  • Heat two: 6.77 million
  • Heat three: 7.20 million
  • Final: 7.27 million

Let's Dance for Comic Relief (series 3 - 2011)[edit]

On 26 January 2011 it was confirmed the show was returning for another series. Steve Jones hosted the show along with The One Show's Alex Jones. It ran from 19 February until the final on 12 March, when Charlie Baker and James Thornton were crowned champions with their rendition of "Puttin' On The Ritz".

Heat one (19 February)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan "Xanadu" — Olivia Newton-John Eliminated
Russell Kane "Crazy in Love" — Beyoncé Saved by the public vote
Rebecca Front "It's Oh So Quiet" — Björk Eliminated
Waterloo Road "It's Like That" — Run-D.M.C. Eliminated by the panel
Ed Byrne "I Love to Boogie" — from Billy Elliot Eliminated
Katie Price "I Want to Break Free" — Queen Saved by the panel

Heat two (26 February)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Penny Smith "Toxic" — Britney Spears Eliminated
Lulu "Crank That" — Soulja Boy Eliminated by the panel
Andi Osho "Bad" — Michael Jackson Eliminated
Noel Fielding "Wuthering Heights" — Kate Bush Saved by the panel
Charlie Baker and James Thornton "Puttin' on the Ritz" — Fred Astaire Saved by the public vote
Jarred Christmas "Hung Up" — Madonna Eliminated

Heat three (5 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Marcus Brigstocke "Kung Fu Fighting" — Carl Douglas Eliminated
Caroline Flack and Joe Swash "My Humps" — The Black Eyed Peas Eliminated by the panel
Adrian Edmondson "The Dying Swan" — Mikhail Fokine Saved by the public vote
Lee Nelson and Omelette "Club Tropicana" — Wham! Eliminated
Iain Lee "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" — Will Smith Eliminated
The 80s Supergroup "Greased Lightnin'" — from Grease Saved by the panel

Final (12 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Katie Price "I Want to Break Free" — Queen Out of running
Charlie Baker and James Thornton "Puttin' on the Ritz" — Fred Astaire Winner
Noel Fielding "Wuthering Heights" — Kate Bush Out of running
The 80s Supergroup "Greased Lightnin'" — from Grease Out of running
Adrian Edmondson "The Dying Swan" — Mikhail Fokine Out of running
Russell Kane "Crazy in Love" — Beyoncé Runner up

Reception[edit]

The final BARB figures are as follows:[8]

  • Heat one: 7.98 million
  • Heat two: 7.74 million
  • Heat three: 6.65 million
  • Final: 7.42 million

Let's Dance for Sport Relief (series 4 - 2012)[edit]

On 10 December 2011 it was confirmed the show was returning for another series. Steve Jones and Alex Jones continued to host the show which ran for 5 episodes from 18 February until 17 March 2012.

Heat one (18 February)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett "Telephone" — Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé Saved by the public vote
Terry Alderton "Proud Mary" — Tina Turner Saved by the panel
Darren Gough "Gym Mambo" — from West Side Story Eliminated
Tony Blackburn and David Hamilton "Push It" — Salt-n-Pepa Eliminated by the panel
Angelos Epithemiou and Ulrika Jonsson "El Tango de Roxanne" — from Moulin Rouge Eliminated

Heat two (25 February)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards "Soul Bossa Nova" — from Austin Powers Saved by the public vote
Miles Jupp "Firestarter" — The Prodigy Saved by the panel
Alice Barry "Outside" — George Michael Eliminated
Ava Vidal "Get Happy" — Judy Garland Eliminated
Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge "Me Against The Music" — Madonna & Britney Spears Eliminated by the panel

Heat three (3 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Scott Mills and Olly Murs "Party Rock Anthem" — LMFAO Eliminated by the panel
Arabella Weir "Can't Get You Out of My Head" — Kylie Minogue Eliminated
Tyger Drew-Honey and Dani Harmer "Fat Sam's Grand Slam" — from Bugsy Malone Saved by the public vote
Kirsten O'Brien "Jump" — Van Halen Eliminated
Omid Djalili "Fight the Power" — Public Enemy Saved by the panel

Heat four (10 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Patrick Monahan "Only Girl (In the World)" — Rihanna Eliminated
Rowland Rivron "Weapon of Choice" — Fatboy Slim Saved by the public vote
Watson & Oliver "Boléro" — Maurice Ravel Eliminated
Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley "Livin' La Vida Loca" — Ricky Martin Eliminated by the panel
Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers "You Should Be Dancing" — Bee Gees Saved by the panel
  • Louie Spence featured at the end of Monahan's performance.

Final (17 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards "Soul Bossa Nova" — from Austin Powers Out of running
Terry Alderton "Proud Mary" — Tina Turner Out of running
Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers "You Should Be Dancing" — Bee Gees Out of running
Omid Djalili "Fight the Power" — Public Enemy Out of running
Tyger Drew-Honey and Dani Harmer "Fat Sam's Grand Slam" — from Bugsy Malone Runners-up
Miles Jupp "Firestarter" — The Prodigy Out of running
Rowland Rivron "Weapon of Choice" — Fatboy Slim Winner
Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett "Telephone" — Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé Runners-up

Reception[edit]

The final BARB figures are as follows:[8]

  • Heat one: 6.84 million
  • Heat two: 5.81 million
  • Heat three: 5.87 million
  • Heat four: 5.29 million
  • Final: 5.88 million

Let's Dance for Comic Relief (series 5 - 2013)[edit]

In 2013, the series reverted to three heats with six acts in the final. It ran from 16 February to 9 March.

Heat one (16 February)[edit]

Act Dance Status
The Soap Stars "You Can't Stop the Beat" — from Hairspray Saved by the panel
Olivia Lee "Bad Romance" — Lady Gaga Eliminated
Tim Vine "Rock Your Body" — Justin Timberlake Saved by the public vote
Destiny's Dad "Bootylicious" — Destiny's Child Eliminated
Ricky Hatton "Let Me Entertain You" — Robbie Williams Eliminated by the panel

Heat two (23 February)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Waterloo Road "Spice Up Your Life" — The Spice Girls Eliminated by the panel
Jon Culshaw "Praise You" — Fatboy Slim Eliminated
Rosemary Shrager and Kim Woodburn "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" — Marilyn Monroe Eliminated
Katherine Ryan "Starships" — Nicki Minaj Saved by the panel
Antony Cotton "Anything Goes" — from Anything Goes Saved by the public vote

Heat three (2 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah "Hey Ya" — OutKast Eliminated
Jodie Prenger "Word Up" — Cameo Saved by the public vote
Nina Conti "I Like to Move It" — Reel 2 Real Eliminated
Lee Nelson "Swan Lake Hip-Hop Remix" — Tchaikovsky Saved by the panel
Vanessa Feltz "If I Could Turn Back Time" — Cher Eliminated by the panel
  • Boyzone's singer Keith Duffy was meant to participate in this episode but was unable to compete due to private matters. Jodie Prenger then took his place on the show.
  • Twist and Pulse featured in Lee Nelson's routine.

Final (9 March)[edit]

Act Dance Status
The Soap Stars "You Can't Stop the Beat" — from Hairspray Out of running
Tim Vine "Rock Your Body" — Justin Timberlake Out of running
Katherine Ryan "Starships" — Nicki Minaj Out of running
Jodie Prenger "Word Up" — Cameo Runner-up
Lee Nelson "Swan Lake Hip-Hop Remix" — Tchaikovsky Out of running
Antony Cotton "Anything Goes" — from Anything Goes Winner

Reception[edit]

The final BARB figures are as follows:[8]

  • Heat one: 6.98 million
  • Heat two: 5.35 million
  • Heat three: 4.74 million
  • Final: 4.83 million

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New dance show for Comic Relief". BBC News. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Published Saturday, Mar 17 2012, 21:00 GMT (2012-03-17). "Rowland Rivron wins 'Let's Dance for Sport Relief' - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  3. ^ Published Saturday, Mar 9 2013, 20:34 GMT (2012-08-16). "Antony Cotton wins 'Let's Dance for Comic Relief' - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Let's Dance For Comic Relief axed". The List. 3 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "No Comic Relief for aching Burton Race". Herald Express (Herald Express News & Media Ltd). 23 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Fletcher, Alex (4 February 2009). "'Let's Dance' Comic Relief celebs unveiled". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Hollyoaks stars revealed for Let's Dance". What's on TV (IPC MEDIA). 19 February 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. 
  9. ^ Let's Dance for Comic Relief
  10. ^ Programme Information - Network TV BBC Week 11: Saturday 12 March 2011 BBC Press Office, 4 March 2011
  11. ^ Published Friday, Mar 1 2013, 16:18 GMT. "'Let's Dance for Comic Relief': Sneak peek of this week's performances - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  12. ^ Published Wednesday, Feb 20 2013, 11:35 GMT. "Nicole Scherzinger, Justin Bieber to perform on BBC's 'Let's Dance' - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  13. ^ 7.00-8.25pm (1970-01-01). "Media Centre - Programme Information - Let's Dance For Comic Relief". BBC. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 

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