I'm ridiculously excited to be back on Let's Dance. We have some of our best comedians as panellists, 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."Alex Jones
Date: 28.01.2013 Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.55
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.
Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013
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 favourite 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 favourite 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 panellists, 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.
Notes to Editors
Comic Relief and Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15 March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.
Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.
Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief. The idea was simple – Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need. Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m.
This year, 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m and helped to change lives both in the UK and Africa.
Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013 will consist of 4x80-minute episodes
Three heats will take place on 16 February, 23 February and the 2 March, with the grand final taking place on the 9 March.
Each heat will feature five celebrity acts. The act with the most viewer’s votes each week will for through to the final along with a runner up from each week, selected by the judges.
Are you excited about taking part in the show this year?
STEVE - How could I not be excited about presenting a month of the silliest show on TV... and the fact it’s the type of silly that does a mountain of good is the cherry on the cake!
ALEX - Yes really excited. We’ve got a great line-up so far – really good panel and really strong celebrities. It’s supposed to be tongue-in-cheek but everybody’s always really good – it gets quite competitive! They’re not supposed to be good – but they are!
I hear you’ve visited Malawi for Comic Relief, what can you tell us about that?
STEVE - I can tell you that I have seen first-hand that Comic Relief is still helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It’s a privilege to be part of it.
ALEX – We spent a week in Malawi leading up to Let’s Dance this year. Steve and I saw some really tough projects that are helping some amazing young families over there. It reminds you so much of why we do it; every £5 text will help people living incredibly tough lives.
Any favourite dance routines over the last three years?
ALEX - Russell Kane doing Beyoncé - I thought he was amazing. He was nearly sexy which was a bit wrong. Also, on the same show we had Noel Fielding doing Kate Bush, which was hysterical. And Roland Rivron who won last year – he really nailed it with the Christopher Walken routine, not once, but twice!
STEVE - After each season I have an intensive course of hypnotherapy that removes any potentially damaging images the show may have scarred me with. So I have no idea what you're talking about.
What do you think it takes to win a show like Let’s Dance?
ALEX - I think you’ve got to go in to it with the right attitude. It’s about people having fun and entertaining the audience, evoking something in them that will make them pick up the phone and vote. I think it doesn’t need to be polished but to win they have to go for it – have no shame!
STEVE - The skin and dancing skills of an elephant.
You’ve done Strictly, would you give Let’s Dance a go?
ALEX - They asked last year whether Steve and I would do a little number. I would have, but Steve would rather eat his own arms. He’s so gangly and he really can’t dance. But I would like to see him do something!
STEVE - As the host of the show, thankfully, I think I’ve dodged that bullet!
Alex, what routine would you like to see Steve do?
ALEX - I’d like to see him do Swan Lake. Because he’s got no sense of rhythm I think ballet would be particularly challenging for him. Plus, the female audience might enjoy him in a pair of tights. Myself, I’d give anything a go really, maybe a bit of tap? I always fancied a bit of tap. 'Putting on the Ritz' or something like that.
And how about you, Steve – what routine would you like to see Alex do?
STEVE - Christina Aguilera's Dirty. The dreadlocks, those trousers... I don’t think I would ever stop laughing.
Who would be your dream celebrity to take part?
ALEX - I’d really like to see Prince Harry doing it. If you’re going to aim high – go straight to the top! I think Harry would really go for it.
Any clues you can give us about the famous faces?
STEVE - Here's the scoop - not only will we have famous faces but there will be famous arms, legs, necks, fingers and more on the show! You don’t want to miss it!
ALEX - We’ve got really good names this year. Ricky Hatton and Tim Vine are taking part, as is Jon Culshaw. The panellists are amazing – Jason Manford, Greg Davies and Sarah Millican are just some of the names taking part.
Confirmed talent and dance schedule for 2013
Show 1 – Feb 16
Show 2 – Feb 23
Show 3 – Mar 2
‘Rock Your Body’
‘Swan Lake Hip Hop
‘I Like To Move It’
‘Let Me Entertain
‘Step In Time’
‘If I Can Turn Back
The Soap Stars -Dean Gaffney,
Claire Sweeney, Natalie Cassidy and Ricky Groves
‘You Can't Stop The
‘Spice Up Your Life’
‘Sexy And I Know It’
Mark Dolan and Shaun Keaveny
Kim & Rosemary
‘Diamonds Are A Girl's BF’
Ore & Sonali
Let’s Dance for Sport Relief 2012: Roland Rivron to Fatboy Slim’s ‘Weapon of Choice’
Judge Frank Skinner said: “The message to any young people watching this is don’t be afraid of middle age, it can be beautiful.”
Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2011: Emmerdale’s James Thornton and Comedian Charlie Baker to 'Puttin’ on the Ritz' by Fred Astaire
Judge Keith Lemon said: “It was like proper tap dancing, like proper stuff.”
Let’s Dance for Sport Relief 2010: Rufus Hound to Cheryl Cole’s 'Fight for this Love'
Judge 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!”
Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2009: Robert Webb Flashdance ‘What a feeling’ sung by Irene Cara
Michael Macintyre said: “Fantastic performance… girly legs… but fantastic.”
Contestants from past series
Olly Murs and Scott Mills: 'Party Rock Anthem' by LMFAO (2012)
Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards: ‘Soul Bossa Nova’ from Austin Powers (2012)
TOWIE’s Amy Childs and Harry Derbridge: 'Me against the Music' by Madonna and Britney (2012)
Patrick Monahan: 'Only Girl in the World' by Rihanna (2012)
Katie Price: 'I want to break free' by Queen (2011)
Noel Fielding: 'Wuthering Heights' by Kate Bush (2011)
Russell Kane: 'Crazy in Love' by Beyonce (2011)
Lulu: 'Crank That (Soulja Boy)' by Soulja Boy Tell ‘em (2011)
Adrian Edmonson - 'The Dying Swan' routine from Swan Lake (2011)
Katy Brand:' Single Ladies' by Beyonce (2010)
Stephen K Amos: 'Rhythm of Lif'e from the musical Sweet Charity (2010)
Footballers Peter Shilton and Rodney Marsh: 'Men in Black' by Will Smith (2010)
Keith Lemon & Paddy McGuinness: 'I’ve had the time of my life' from Dirty Dancing (2009)
Jo Brand: 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' by Britney Spears (2009)
The Dragons from Dragons' Den (Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden): 'Let’s Face the Music and Dance' by Nat King Cole (2009)
Episode one on Saturday 16 February will have the very first TV showing of the video for the new Comic Relief 2013 single by One Direction, 'One Way or Another'. The single is released on Sunday 17 February.
Viewers of Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013 can sign in and vote online for free or via phone. Calls cost 10p from a BT landline, other networks may vary and calls from mobiles will cost considerably more. Please get bill payer’s permission before you call.
Viewers will be able to donate to Comic Relief during broadcast and can donate via text or online by visiting www.rednoseday.com. To donate £5, text YES to 70005. Costs £5 plus standard network rate. £5 goes to Comic Relief. More info at bbc.co.uk/rednoseday. Ask the bill payer’s permission.
Let’s Dance is now in its fifth series
Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013 will take place over four consecutive Saturday nights.
The first of three heats will begin on the 16 February leading up to the final on the 9 March.
In each heat, five celebrity guests will perform their routines of which two will go through to the final: one selected by the voting public and the other by the judges.
In the final on the 9 March the six finalists will compete for the public’s vote in a bid to be to be crowned Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013 champion.
SHOW 1 – FEB 16
SHOW 2 – FEB 23
SHOW 3 – MAR 2
Dance: ROCK YOUR BODY
Dance: BAD ROMANCE
Dance: LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU
THE SOAP STARS: Michael Starke, Ricky Groves, Natalie Cassidy and