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Let's Dance For Sport Relief – more contestants and guest panellists revealed!

Cast from Holby City, Rosie Marcel and Luke Roberts; Casualty, Charles Dale, Tony Marshall and Ben Turner; Olympians Mark Foster, Iwan Thomas, Leon Taylor, Dalton Grant, Heather Fell and Jamie Baulch; and TV presenters Sam and Mark are ready and waiting for their moment on the dance floor.

They will be joined by news presenters Matt Barbet, Ellie Crisell and Louise Minchin, darts legends Bobby George and Tony O'Shea and weather presenters Becky Mantin, Claire Nasir and Lara Lewington – the latest celebrities to be donning their dancing shoes for Let's Dance For Sport Relief as part of this year's Rise To The Challenge Campaign, it was announced today.

Meanwhile, Paddy McGuinness, Kimberly Walsh and Jason Manford will be joining a host of other names from the world of comedy, music and last year's contestants on the judging panel.

Previously announced contestants include Katy Brand, Rufus Hound, Shappi Khorsandi, Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Peter Shilton, Rodney Marsh, Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor, who will all pay homage to iconic dance routines in a bid to wow viewers with their moves and compete for a chance to be crowned champion of the dance floor.

The show will be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones and launches on BBC One on Saturday 20 February 2010.

The series will run over four weeks, comprising three heats and culminating in a spectacular final dance-off on Saturday 13 March.

Each week a celebrity act (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) will recreate a number of famous dances such as Single Ladies (Beyonce), Greased Lightning (Grease), Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson), Bad Guys (Bugsy Malone) and Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire).

They will take to the floor to give the performance of their lives in front of a live studio audience and the judging panel.

Who goes through and who gets a chance to compete in the final will be down to the public and the panel.

The final will see six celebrity acts dance with the hope of being crowned the Let's Dance For Sport Relief Champion on Saturday 13 March.

Proceeds from the voting will go to Sport Relief.

The show will be produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment for the BBC.

Notes to Editors

About Sport Relief

As one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 March 2010, including a night of Sport Relief telly on BBC One and the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday 21 March.

Since its launch in 2002 millions people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise more than £80million. Sport Relief has a unique history of dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge, from David Walliams' astonishing swim across the English Channel to Eddie Izzard's truly amazing marathon a day around the UK. All the cash raised will help transform the lives of those in desperate need across the UK and the world's poorest countries.

Further information is available at www.sportrelief.com. Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

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