Tim Vine, Ricky Hatton, Nina Conti and John Culshaw confirmed for “Let’s Dance for Comic Relief”

Tim Vine

Tim Vine

“Let’s Dance for Comic Relief” will return to our TV screens in just a few weeks time and this morning BBC have announced some of the stars that will be taking part in the new series.

Comedian Tim Vine, boxer Ricky Hatton, ventriloquist and comedienne Nina Conti and funnyman John Culshaw will be among the famous faces taking to the dance floor when the charity special restarts next month.

Welsh presenting duo Alex Jones and Steve Jones will once again be at the helm, when the showdown kicks off on the 16 February and the series will last for four weeks, consisting of three live performance shows on Saturday nights, ending with a grand finale on the 9 March.

In each of the three preliminary heats, viewers will vote for their favourite acts, with two being chosen for the final, and six going head to head on the last show.

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Once again, our dancing celebrities will be judged each week by a panel of top TV personalities that will feature such comic legends as Frank Skinner and Jo Brand. Each week, the judges will choose from the runners up to join the viewer’s favourite in the final. There will also be a music performance from a chart topping artist each week.

Alex Jones said: “I’m ridiculously excited to be back on Let’s Dance. We have some of our best comedians as panellists, and an unbelievable line-up of brave celebrities who are all prepared to don their dancing shoes to raise lots of money for this year’s Red Nose Day.

“Earlier this year Steve and I went out to Malawi to visit a number of projects funded by Comic Relief, and we can’t wait to get stuck in, knowing that the money raised this Red Nose Day will go towards helping families in Africa and in the UK that desperately need it.”

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Steve Jones added: “It’s still the most fun I have on TV, so I am ecstatic Let’s Dance is back with a whole host of famous faces along with famous arms, legs, necks and fingers all attempting to dance for our viewing pleasure!”

Kevin Cahill, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “We are delighted that Let’s Dance for Comic Relief is back for 2013. We’ve had some fantastic winners in the past – Robert Webb, Rufus Hound, James Thornton & Charlie Baker and Rowland Rivron – and we’ve got another great line-up of celebrities competing in this year’s show. We’re confident that once again viewers will get behind the show and help raise a life-changing amount of money for people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and in Africa.”

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