Relief Does Fame Academy - celebrity students revealed
of angels or voices that shatter glass, tears or triumphs - who
knows what will happen as the class of celebrity students get ready
to enter the Fame Academy to raise money, as well as their voices
for Comic Relief.
show kicks off on Friday 7 March and culminates as part of the TV
extravaganza that is Comic Relief Red Nose Night on the 14 March.
in and follow the celebrity students as they're put through their
paces by the Academy's toughest teachers.
of the students who will train together, sweat together and sing
together, all on camera to secure their prize as the winner of Comic
Relief Does Fame Academy, are officially revealed today (Monday
3 March) as:
Ulrika Jonsson (TV presenter)
John Thomson (actor and comic)
Cotton (CBBC presenter and presenter of BBC ONE's The Saturday
Kwei-Armah (actor, plays Fin in Casualty)
Ruby Wax (presenter and comedian).
One more student will be revealed later in the week.
Comic Relief Does Fame Academy kicks off on BBC ONE with hosts Cat
Deeley and Patrick Kielty at 9.00pm.
there's a twist - nine students want to enter the Academy but only
eight will get there. The pressure starts now as each student has
to perform one of their favourite tracks live that night and prove
they are worthy of a place in the Academy.
public are then asked to vote for the celebrity they want to see
enter the Academy. The results of the public vote are announced
in a special programme on Friday night at 10.35pm.
celebrities with the most votes are guaranteed a place in the Academy.
The remaining two then face their fellow students who vote to decide
who stays and who goes home.
And in true Fame Academy tradition no student is safe for long as
at the end of the show the teachers will choose, out of the eight
students, the three to be placed on probation who will sing for
survival on Saturday night's show.
public will then have 24 hours to vote and save their favourite
student, with the remaining two once again left to the mercy of
their fellow showbiz students.
There will be opportunities to find out what is going on in the
Academy with coverage across the BBC - on BBC ONE, BBC THREE, CBBC,
BBCi through live streaming and on both the BBC's Red
Nose Day website and Comic
every night one celebrity student will be expelled from the Academy
on BBC ONE and head off to BBC THREE where presenters Vanessa
Langford and Dannan Breathnach get down
to the nitty-gritty: who they liked, loved or loathed at the Academy.
As well as watching the live streaming, viewers can also keep up
with what's going on in the Academy by signing up for 25p news alerts
by texting START to 82200.
will also be rolling news and video highlights on www.bbc.co.uk/fameacademy
the Fame Academy mansion in North London, the celebrity students
are under the instruction of head teacher Richard Park,
vocal coaches Carrie and David Grant,
choreographer Kevin Adams, personal tutor Jeremy
Milnes, and music coach Jo Noel.
days consist of gruelling sessions in the dance studios, the rehearsal
rooms and, of course, in the limelight.
the week, celebrities will be popping into the Academy to provide
8 March, Olympic gold-medallist boxer Audley Harrison will ensure
students pull their weight in a special boxing training session.
Sunday 9 March, Paul McKenna visits the students to offer his hypnotic
expertise to students struggling with stage fright.
Monday 10 March, England rugby star Laurence Dallaglio turns up
for a training session.
Tuesday 11 March, Ainsley Harriott visits the remaining students
to reward their efforts with a gourmet meal.
Wednesday 12 March, Andrew Lloyd Webber drops into the Academy to
work with the students on a group performance.
Hairdresser Nicky Clarke and his team work their magic on the students
(date to be confirmed).
Chief Executive of Comic Relief, Kevin Cahill, says: "Every
time somebody votes to save their favourite student, Comic Relief
will get cash that is helping to bring an end to poverty and social
injustice in the UK and Africa. I can't wait to see what happens
in the Academy and I hope everybody gets voting!"
Comic Relief Does Fame Academy is an Initial Production (part of
(5 March 2003)
MacKichan, star of Bedtime (BBC ONE) and Smack The Pony (Channel
4) was confirmed as the ninth celebrity to take part in Fame Academy
Does Comic Relief.
To save any of the celebrity students, viewers can vote by calling
or texting the numbers below or online at www.rednoseday.com.
lines open just before 10.00pm on Friday 7 March.
ULRIKA" to 82200
JOHN" to 82200
WILL" to 82200
JO" to 82200
PAUL" to 82200
FEARNE" to 82200
DOON" to 82200
KWAME" to 82200
RUBY" to 82200
vote by text (SMS) send the word 'VOTE' followed by the name of
the celebrity student you want to save/stay to 82200.
To call, text or vote online costs 25p, plus your usual text charge,
with at least 15p going to Comic Relief, after tax, operator and
Each text alert costs 25p, with at least 14p going to Comic Relief
after tax, operator and handling charges. This
may exclude the cost of sending your initial message.
spend of £6 for the full week, with 3 alerts per day. Available
to O2, Orange and Vodafone customers. For alerts on the T-Mobile
network go to www.rednoseday.com.
Red Nose Day is about tackling poverty and social injustice in the
UK and Africa.
Since its launch in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £250
One third of the money raised through Red Nose Day is allocated
to projects working in the UK and two thirds goes to projects working
At Comic Relief we have a promise that for every pound Comic Relief
gets directly from the public, a pound will go directly to projects
helping the poorest and most disadvantaged people. We are
able to keep this promise because we manage to cover our costs in
other ways. The costs of running Comic Relief are met in cash
or in kind from all types of organisations - we get money and support
from corporate partners and individual suppliers as well as drawing
down some of the interest on our funds and on Gift Aid.
For some hair-raising ideas on how to get involved in Red Nose Day
'03 visit the website: www.rednoseday.com.
Comic Relief is a registered charity, number 326568.
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