The line-up for the much-anticipated programme, which will be hosted by The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, has now been revealed.
Russell Grant, Sally Lindsay and Helen Lederer are among the stars taking part in Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief this year (17).
The programme will be returning to screens in March (17), with three Saturday night live heats leading up to a grand finale. And the line-up for the much-anticipated programme, which will be hosted by The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, has now been revealed, with the contestants’ singing and dancing skills both being put to the test.
Among the most hilarious combinations are astrologer Russell channelling Diana Ross as he performs hit song Chain Reaction, which the 66-year-old is more than a little excited about.
“This is the best birthday present to be taking part in Let’s Sing and Dance for this great charity,” Russell said. “I was 66 last week and to be asked to do my bit in such a spectacular way is amazing. I’ve played Edna in Hairspray and Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit and now Chain Reaction – think Russell as Divine with a tribute to Diana Ross: it’s Viva la Diva!”
Other acts include Coronation Street star Sally covering Slade’s Cum On Feel the Noize, and Casualty and Holby City stars performing their version of Uptown Funk.
Comedienne Sara Pascoe will be belting out Sia’s Chandelier, while Absolutely Fabulous stars Helen and Harriet Thorpe will be performing Abba’s Dancing Queen as their Ab Fab characters Fleur and Catriona.
Harriet said of the honour: “Fleur says singing and dancing are her ‘words de jour’ and she is looking forward to exposing her hidden talents #CantWait #OnTheStartingBlock #Abba-SolutelyFabulous.”
And Helen added: “Beyond delighted that Catriona and Fleur have been invited to give their bodies and voice for Comic Relief, and in such talented company. Very humbled and excited to be standing by for some lovely costumes and free ABBA Tips.”
The judging panel will see famous faces including Jennifer Saunders, Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Frank Skinner, Paul O’Grady and Claudia Winkleman all taking the opportunity to evaluate the acts and decide who should progress to the grand finale.
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