The BBC today announces the return of dance extravaganza Let’s Dance for Sport Relief to BBC One.
Hosted once again by Steve Jones and Alex Jones, the 5x80-minute glitter-fuelled extravaganza series will follow 20 sparkly celebrity acts from the worlds of TV, comedy and sport as they perform in the hope of winning votes and being crowned champion of the dance floor.
Last series, Emmerdale’s James Thornton and comedian Charlie Baker proved a toe tapping hit with the viewers, beating the likes of Noel Fielding, Russell Kane, Katie Price and Lulu to be voted winners of one of the most coveted trophies in the dancing world. Who will win over the viewers this year with their hip wiggling routine?
The series will run over five consecutive Saturday nights, comprising four heats and culminating in a final dance-off spectacular ahead of 2012’s big Sport Relief night.
Alex Jones said: “I am so excited to be back on such a great show with the fabulous Steve Jones. After my time on Strictly I am only sorry that it won't be me dancing the night away!”
Steve Jones said: “The BBC, Let’s Dance, and Alex Jones... three of my favourite things. I couldn't ask for a better show to come home to... I can’t wait!”
Jo Wallace, Executive Editor Comedy Entertainment, said: “I am delighted that Alex and Steve will both be coming back to host Let’s Dance for Sport Relief. Following on from Charlie and James’s fantastic winning routine last year; I can’t wait to see the celebrities taking part this year light up our screens on a Saturday night. It’s entertainment at its best, with the whole family able to sit around the television and pick their favourite."
Malcolm Gerrie, Executive Producer for Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: "We are proud to have raised so much money for Comic Relief to date and we’ll be pulling out all the stops this series to wow BBC One viewers with more of the UK's top talent performing like you've never seen them before. Steve and Alex are a great double act and it's fantastic that we have them back together again.”
Kevin Cahill, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “We are delighted that Let’s Dance for Sport Relief is back for 2012. Following a wonderful fundraising total for Red Nose Day this year, we’re confident that once again viewers will go the extra mile and help raise a life changing amount of money for people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and across the world.”
Let’s Dance for Sport 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 Malcolm Gerrie, Lisa Chapman and Barbara Lee.
Notes to Editors
About Sport Relief
As the nation celebrates the biggest ever year of sport, the entire country can join in the fun with Sport Relief 2012 from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March.
Over one million people are expected to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile as they raise cash to change lives at home and across the world’s poorest countries. And, with a whole weekend of top Sport Relief telly planned across the BBC, it’s all set to be huge.
From David Walliams’ Thames swim to Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days, Sport Relief has a unique history of brave celebrities taking on gruelling physical challenges to raise cash and change lives. Sport Relief 2012 will be no exception with even more daring, vast and awe-inspiring celebrity challenges on their way.
Visit www.sportrelief.com to keep up with the latest news.
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).
The BBC, Let’s Dance, and Alex Jones... three of my favourite things. I couldn't ask for a better show to come home to... I can’t wait!"