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Rowland Rivron crowned 'Let's Dance' champion

Comedian Rowland Rivron has won the 2012 series of Let's Dance For Sport Relief, after fighting off competition from seven other celebrity dance acts in Saturday's final.

The 54-year-old funnyman triumphed with his recreation of the routine from Fatboy Slim's Weapon Of Choice video, which saw him dancing through a hotel lobby and performing some elaborate moves using chairs and other furniture.

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Katy Perry to perform on Let's Dance

Katy Perry will give an exclusive UK performance of her brand new single Part Of Me during the live Grand Final of BBC One’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief on Saturday 17 March.

Katy joins JLS, who will be entertaining the audience with a special performance of their Sport Relief single Proud, while eight finalists pull out all the stops in a bid to be crowned the Let’s Dance Champion for Sport Relief 2012.

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Rowland and Fatima win Let's Dance

Comedian Rowland Rivron and athlete Fatima Whitbread have won the last two places in the Let's Dance for Sport Relief 2012 final, following their performances on Saturday night's show.

Rowland won the public vote following his energetic recreation of the dance routine famously featured in Fatboy Slim's Weapon Of Choice video - which saw him vault over chairs and dance on table tops.

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Dani and Tyger win Let's Dance

Outnumbered star Tyger Drew-Honey and Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer have won the latest heat of Let's Dance for Sport Relief 2012.

The couple won their way through to the final after topping the public vote on Saturday's show with their recreation of the Speak Easy routine from the classic musical Bugsy Malone.

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Eddie The Eagle and Miles Jupp triumph

Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards and Miles Jupp have become the latest two contenders to reach the final of Let's Dance for Sport Relief, following Saturday night's show.

Olympic skiier Eddie won this weekend's public vote following his recreation of the opening sequence from Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery. Meanwhile Miles - best known for the sitcom Rev and the children's show Balamory - beat TOWIE twosome Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge to the final after his version of the Prodigy's Firestarter proved a hit with the judges.

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Let's Dance scores audience of over six million

Around 6.5m viewers tuned in to the opening edition of Let's Dance for Sport Relief 2012, according to the BBC.

The corporation said that it had an audience share of 28.9 per cent for the dance show, which sees celebrities recreating famous dance routines in aid of the charity. Saturday's show was won by EastEnders duo Laurie Brett and Tameka Empson with their recreation of the Lady Gaga/Beyonce hit Telephone.

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Enders duo and Terry make Let's Dance final

EastEnders stars Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett, and comedian Terry Alderton have become the first two celebrity acts to make the final of Let's Dance For Sport Relief 2012.

Tameka - aka Albert Square's Kim Fox - and co-star Laurie, who plays Jane Beale - won the viewers' vote in the first show of the series, which sees a string of celebrities re-interpret classic dance routines.

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Amy Childs, Ulrika in Let's Dance

Amy Childs, Ulrika Jonsson and ski-jumping star Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards are to take to the floor in Let's Dance For Sport Relief. The series returns next month for a five-week run with celebrities recreating classic dance scenes to help fundraising efforts.

Ulrika will be teaming up with her former Shooting Stars colleague Angelos Epithemiou for her routine while reality TV star Amy will appear with ex The Only Way Is Essex pal Harry Derbridge.

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Let's Dance For Sport Relief

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.

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James & Charlie voted Let's Dance Champions

James Thornton and Charlie Baker have tapped their way to victory in the grand finale of Let's Dance For... Comic Relief 2011, following a show-stopping performance of Puttin' On The Ritz.

The viewers were treated to a supreme dance-off between the six finalists – Katie Price (I Want To Break Free, Queen), Charlie Baker and James Thornton (Puttin' On The Ritz, from the musical of the same name), Noel Fielding (Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush), 80s Super Group – Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Clare Grogan and Chesney Hawkes (Greased Lightning from the film Grease), Ade Edmondson (ably hindered by Rik Mayall to The Dying Swan from the classic ballet Swan Lake) and Russell Kane (Crazy In Love, Beyonce).

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen James and Charlie as the nation's dance heroes.

Let's Dance veterans and former series champions Robert Webb and Rufus Hound handed over the Let's Dance For... Comic Relief trophy to the surprised pair as Robert announced: "Men dressed as men, the template is smashed and well done, it's about time."

Rufus added: "Understand that the moment you accept this award, for the rest of your lives, all that will happen is that people will stop you in the street and shout, do the dance. Do the dance my friends, do the dance!"

Charlie accepted the trophy, going on to thank the voting public: "Thank you so much to everybody at home who voted for Comic Relief... We've had an absolutely brilliant time!"

Best friend James added: "I just want to say thanks to everyone who voted at home, we've raised so much money for a brilliant cause and that's what it's all about and we've had a real laugh whilst we've been doing it."

Panellists Rufus Hound, Miranda Hart, and Louie Spence were on hand with their summation of the night's performance.

Following Charlie's and James's performance, last year's winner and finale panellist Rufus said: "Charlie, I've known you for a long time now and I didn't expect you to ever be doing that. I haven't enjoyed so much clip clopping since I lived underneath that bridge. Tremendous, both of you, well done."

Comic actress Miranda coyly added: "You are lovely, thank you, I'll see you in the bar later. That's it, that's all I can say."

Choreographer Louie said: "You had great fluidity through the moves, it was beautiful and your rhythm was great. I'd be more than happy to be your Ginger Rogers."

James and Charlie then closed the series in style with a final reminder of why they are the nation's favourite and Let's Dance For... Comic Relief Champions 2011, treating viewers to a final encore of Puttin' On The Ritz.

There were performances from Plan B with his latest single Writing's On The Wall and Nicole Scherzinger who performed her latest track Don't Hold Your Breath.

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Ade, 80s stars reach Let's Dance final

Funnyman Ade Edmondson and a group consisting of chart-toppers from the 80s have nabbed the final two places in the final of Let's Dance For Comic Relief.

Ade was voted winner of the show after wowing both the judges and the public with his comic interpretation of the Dying Swan - a routine which saw him wearing a tutu and showing off his ballet skills.

 

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Let's Dance: James, Charlie, Noel through

Comedian Charlie Baker, Emmerdale's James Thornton and funnyman Noel Fielding have been declared winners of the second round of Let's Dance For Comic Relief.

Charlie and James - who performed a tap dance routine to the classic tune Putting On The Ritz - triumphed over such other performers as TV presenter Penny Smith, singer Lulu, comedienne Andi Osho and funnyman Jarred Christmas.

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Let's Dance - more names added

McFly, Emmerdale's James Thornton and comedian Charlie Baker have been added to the lineup for Saturday's 'Let's Dance For Comic Relief' on BBC One.

They are amongst the star-studded participants in the British broadcaster's third annual fundraising competition who will be judged by Lee Mack, Jack Whitehall and Keith Lemon.

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Friday 'Chat for Change' Day

BT helps give the Comic Relief trekkers a head start on fundraising

Today seven of the celebrities on the BT Red Nose Desert Trek will arrive in Kenya to start preparation for their gruelling five dayjourney to raise money for Comic Relief and to help their fundraising efforts BT is holding ‘Chat for Change’ day.

Anyone making calls via their BT home phone this Friday 18th February will be helping to raise money for Comic Relief through BT’s ‘Chat for Change’ day. BT is donating 1p for every call made from a BT home phone line as well as every call made from a BT payphone. Plus they’ll donate 25p for every call to BT’s Directory Enquiry Service 118500 from any landline or mobile*.

This year BT is asking “Who Gets Your Joke?” encouraging people to call a friend on ‘Chat for Change’ day with one of their funniest jokes and do their bit for Comic Relief. Facebook users can make a difference by updating their status and profile picture with the ‘Chat for Change’ pledge and logo at the ‘BT Chat for Change’ Facebook site: facebook.com/btchatforchange.  The Chat for Change Facebook page will also host a series of videos across the campaign featuring some of the celebrities taking part in the BT Red Nose Desert Trek.

Olly Murs and Dermot O’Leary arrived earlier in the week to see the type of work Comic Relief will be supporting with money raised through Red Nose Day. The intrepid team - Ronni Ancona, Craig David, Lorraine Kelly, Scott Mills, Olly Murs, Dermot O’Leary, Nadia Sawalha, Kara Tointon and Peter White will embark on the toughest physical challenge of their lives as they attempt to cross one of the world’s most inhospitable deserts, the Kaisut in north eastern Kenya. ‘Chat for Change’ day is just one of the ways that BT is helping to raise money as part of The BT Red Nose Desert Trek.

Covering 100 gruelling kilometres in just five days and facing temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the celebrities will lead a convoy of camels over mountains, through bush and across a vast expanse of barren desert. Their efforts will raise money to help people living unimaginably tough lives both across Africa and the UK. In particular they will be highlighting the issue of sight. Money they raise will go to Comic Relief projects which include those that help to prevent thousands of people in Africa from going blind or contracting terrible eye conditions like trachoma, something which affects many people living in the region where the trek is taking place.

John Hurry, commercial director, consumer BT, said: “The money raised for Comic Relief helps change people’s lives, in the UK and Africa, forever. We are delighted to be a part of such a worthwhile cause and we urge everyone do their bit by picking up the phone this Friday. The more calls made the more money that will be raised.”

The celebrities’ journey will be captured for a documentary which will be broadcast in the run up to Red Nose Day. For moreinformation about Comic Relief, ‘Chat for Change’ Day and The BT Red Nose Desert Trek go to bt.com/comicrelief

 

*BT will donate 1p for every phone call made by a BT residential calls and lines customer from a BT residential  landline, every call made from a BT payphone and 25p for every call to BT’s Directory Enquiry Service 118500 from any landline or mobile between 00.01 and 24.00 on the 18 February 2011.

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