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Miscellaneous

Connie Fisher to quit as Maria

Connie Fisher has been forced to pull out of a stage production of The Sound Of Music, saying she no longer has the vocal range necessary for the role of Maria.

The 28-year-old, who shot to stardom in the BBC talent show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, said her voice had undergone a radical change as a result of a throat condition.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Love Never Dies to close in August

Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies is to close on 27 August, it has been confirmed. The announcement comes a little over a year since Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical first opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End.

The show opened to some poor reviews, and after substantial rewrites, was relaunched nine months later. Although the new version gained a better critical reception, it failed to perform at the box office.

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Gavin

Gavin reveals he and Charlotte barely talk

Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson are barely communicating, the rugby star has revealed.

The couple, who have two children together, split last year just weeks after announcing their engagement. Asked about their relationship since the break-up, Gavin, 29, told OK! magazine: "Yeah, it's OK. It has to be with us having two kids together, but that's all our relationship is.

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Lets Dance

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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Claudia Winkleman

Nort’n a Wink

A chat show war is looming between Graham Norton and new rival Claudia Winkleman.

Claudia is being lined up as the Friday night face of Channel 4 and may pose a challenge to Norton's hit BBC1 series. She has filmed a pilot episode for King Of... With Claudia Winkleman, in which her celebrity guests pick the best item in a range of categories, from takeaways to nuts.

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Lets Dance

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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Lets Dance

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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Nadia Sawalha and Mark Hanretty

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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