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Let's Dance for Comic Relief/Sport Relief
Let's Dance for Comic Relief title card
Format Reality, talent show
Directed by Nikki Parsons
Presented by Claudia Winkleman
Steve Jones
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 8
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) – present
External links
Official website

Let's Dance for Comic Relief (named Let's Dance for Sport Relief for series 2) is a British television programme shown on BBC One, featuring celebrities performing famous dance routines to raise money for the charity Comic Relief.[1] The programme is presented by Steve Jones and Claudia Winkleman. In the first series, Anton Du Beke was a regular judge, appearing alongside two guest panellists, and in the second series, three guest judges 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 seconds series, in aid of Sport Relief, aired from 20 February 2010 until 14 March.

Contents

Format

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. 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.

Let's Dance for Comic Relief (series 1)

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Heat one (21 February 2009)

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[2] "We're All in This Together" from High School Musical Eliminated by the panel
Christopher Biggins and Nicki Chapman[3] "You're the One That I Want" from Grease Eliminated
Robert Webb[4] "Flashdance... What a Feeling" from Flashdance Saved by public vote
The Chefs[5] "Thriller" by Michael Jackson Eliminated
Les Dennis "You Should Be Dancing" from Saturday Night Fever Eliminated
Dick and Dom[6] "Shake a Tail Feather" from The Blues Brothers Saved by the panel

After the viewer votes were counted, Robert Webb, Cliff Parisi and John Partridge, and Dick and Dom were in the top three. Webb received the highest number of viewer votes and Dick and Dom received two of the three panel votes, meaning they both progressed to the final.[7][8]

Heat two (28 February 2009)

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[9] "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears Saved by the panel
Dragons' Den[10] "Let's Face the Music and Dance" Eliminated
Paddy McGuinness and Keith Lemon[11] "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing Saved by public vote
Blue Peter[10] "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley Eliminated by the panel
Nancy Sorrell and Neil Fox "Candyman" by Christina Aguilera Eliminated

After the viewer votes were counted, Paddy McGuinness and Keith Lemon, Jo Brand, and Blue Peter were in the top three. McGuinness and Lemon received the highest number of viewer votes and Jo Brand received 3 of the panellists' votes, meaning they both progressed to the final.[14]

Heat three (7 March 2009)

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" by 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 Saved by the public vote
  • At the end of her performance, Britton was joined by husband Phil Vickery

After the viewer votes were counted, Denise Lewis and Martin Offiah, Fern Britton, and The Bill were in the top three. The Bill received the highest number of viewer votes and Lewis and Offiah received two of the panellists' votes, meaning they both progressed to the final.[15]

Final (14 March 2009)

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" by Britney Spears Out of running
The Bill's Patrick Robinson and Lisa Maxwell Riverdance Out of running
Robert Webb "Flashdance... What a Feeling" from Flashdance Winner

After the viewer votes were counted, Webb received the highest number of viewer votes and was crowned champion, with McGuinness and Lemon finishing second. It was also announced that over £300,000 had been raised by the telephone votes during the series for Comic Relief.

Reception

According to overnight figures, the first programme attracted 6.81 million viewers with a 31.1% audience share.[16][17] This rose to 7.15 million viewers (31.9% share) for the second programme[18] and to 8.09 million (35.1% share) for the third.[19] The fourth and final programme attracted an average of 7.9 million viewers (35.5% share) with a peak of over 8.6 million.[20]

The final BARB figures are as follows:

  • 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)

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. This year's contestants will be judged by an all-new panel that sees the judging line-up change for all four shows. The panel of three will predominantly feature faces from the world of comedy and celebrities who performed last year.

Heat one (20 February 2010)

Act Dance Status
Rufus Hound [21] "Fight for This Love" by Cheryl Cole Saved by the public vote
The Olympians[21] "Vogue" by Madonna Eliminated
Katy Brand[21] "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyoncé Knowles Saved by the panel vote
Snooker vs Darts[21] "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith and Run DMC Eliminated
Newsreaders[21] A tango to "Kiss of Fire" Eliminated
Casualty and Holby City[21] "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire Eliminated by the panel vote

After the viewer votes were counted, Rufus Hound, Katy Brand and Casualty and Holby City were in the top three. Hound received the highest number of viewer votes and Katy Brand received two of the three panel votes, meaning they both progressed to the final.[21]

Heat two (27 February 2010)

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

After the viewer votes were counted, Kate and Richard, Sam and Mark and Debra Stephenson were in the top three. Kate and Richard received the highest number of viewer votes and Debra received two of the three panel votes, meaning they both progressed to the final.

Heat three (6 March 2010)

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

After the viewer votes were counted, Cheryl Fergison, Grumpy Old Women and The Footballers were in the top three. Cheryl Fergison received the highest number of viewer votes and Grumpy Old Women received all three of the panel votes, meaning they both progressed to the final.

Final (13 March 2010)

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)" by Beyonce Runner-Up
Grumpy Old Women "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga Out of running
Debra Stephenson "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson Out of running
Cheryl Fergison "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice Out of running
Rufus Hound "Fight for This Love" by Cheryl Cole Winner
  • Cheryl Fergison injured her leg in rehersals and was unable to perform. However, she remained in the competition having her previous performance shown instead.

The Winner was Rufus Hound with his performance of "Fight for this Love" By Cheryl Cole

Reception

  • Heat one - 6.3 million [22]
  • Heat two - 6.51 million [23]
  • Heat three- 7 million [24]
  • Final- 7.1 million [25]

References

  1. ^ "New dance show for Comic Relief". BBC News. 23 January 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7846929.stm. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Eastenders stars risk necks for Comic Relief charity dance". Daily Record. 21 February 2009. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/showbiz-news/2009/02/21/eastenders-stars-risk-necks-for-comic-relief-charity-dance-86908-21140478/. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Biggins' boozy Comic preparations". The Press Association. 21 February 2009. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gbNbHkRZZg_mCzwaoErw95szLMnA. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Comic Webb wows with Flashdance". RTÉ (RTÉ Commercial Enterprises Limited). 23 February 2009. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2009/0223/comicrelief.html. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "No Comic Relief for aching Burton Race". Herald Express (Herald Express News & Media Ltd). http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/news/Comic-Relief-aching-Burton-Race/article-719275-detail/article.html. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "TV presenter's plea to Echo readers". Express & Echo. 20 February 2009. http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/news/TV-presenter-s-plea-Echo-readers/article-713953-detail/article.html. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  7. ^ BBC Press Office (21 February 2009). "Robert Webb and Dick & Dom dance their way through to the final in week one of Let's Dance For Comic Relief!". Press release. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2009/02_february/21/dance.shtml. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  8. ^ Kilkelly, Dick. "Webb, Dick and Dom make 'Dance' final". Digital Spy (Digital Spy Limited). http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/realitytv/a147494/webb-dick-and-dom-make-dance-final.html. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Chris (17 February 2009). "Comedian Jo Brand pulls a Britney as she prepares to dance it out for Comic Relief". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers Ltd). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1147195/Comedian-Jo-Brand-pulls-Britney-prepares-dance-Comic-Relief.html. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  10. ^ a b BBC Press Office (4 February 2009). "Let's Dance For Comic Relief – first group of celebrity contestants revealed!". Press release. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2009/02_february/04/dance.shtml. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Keith and Paddy to dance mambo". The Press Association. 27 February 2009. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5j5VIJoCm5sjCe7s-GffQJCM11fRA. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Fletcher, Alex (4 February 2009). "'Let's Dance' Comic Relief celebs unveiled". Digital Spy (Digital Spy Limited). http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a145644/lets-dance-comic-relief-celebs-unveiled.html%22. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  13. ^ "Hollyoaks stars revealed for Let's Dance". What's on TV (IPC MEDIA). 19 February 2009. http://www.whatsontv.co.uk/soaps/hollyoaks/news/hollyoaks-stars-revealed-for-lets-dance/5077. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  14. ^ BBC Press Office (28 February 2009). "Keith Lemon & Paddy McGuinness and Jo Brand shimmy their way through to the final in week two of Let's Dance For Comic Relief!". Press release. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2009/02_february/28/dance.shtml. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  15. ^ "Patrick, Lisa Denise and Martin go through". BBC News. 8 March 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/letsdance/news/news070309.shtml. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  16. ^ Dowell, Ben (23 February 2009). "TV ratings: The Colour of Money draws 3.8m viewers". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media Limited). http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/feb/23/tv-ratings-colour-of-money. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  17. ^ Wilkes, Neil (22 February 2009). "Celeb dance show defeats Ant & Dec". Digital Spy (Digital Spy Limited). http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a147527/celeb-dance-show-defeats-ant--dec.html. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  18. ^ Wilkes, Neil (1 March 2009). "Ant & Dec's 'Takeaway' drops to 5.8m". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a148217/ant--decs-takeaway-drops-to-58m.html. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  19. ^ Wilkes, Neil (8 March 2009). "Celebrity 'Dance' show grows to 8.1m". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a148959/celebrity-dance-show-grows-to-81m.html. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  20. ^ Wilkes, Neil (15 March 2009). "'Let's Dance For Comic Relief' ends on 7.9m". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a149660/lets-dance-for-comic-relief-ends-on-79m.html. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g "BBC - Let's dance - news". BBC. 20 February 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/letsdance/news/2010/news200210.shtml. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  22. ^ 'Let's Dance' opens to 6.3 million Digital Spy, 23 February 2010
  23. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a205925/ant--decs-push-the-button-debuts-high.html
  24. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/mar/08/tv-ratings-simon-cowell
  25. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/mar/15/lets-dance-for-sport-relief

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