The first group of celebrities competing in Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, have been announced today.
Katy Brand, Rufus Hound and Shappi Khorsandi represent the world of comedy, alongside some of the nations favourite Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Susie Blake.
Also taking to the dance floor will be sporting greats such as footballers Peter Shilton and Rodney Marsh, snooker legends Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor and comedians confirmed so far are Jack Dee and Frank Skinner.
This year’s contestants will be judged by an all-new and exciting panel that sees the judging line-up change for all four shows.
Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones return to host the show which kicks off Saturday 20 February 2010 on BBC One.
Each week a celebrity act (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) will perform a number of famous dances such as Single Ladies (Beyonce), Greased Lightning (Grease), Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson), Bad Guys (Bugsy Malone) and Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire).
They will work with a team of top choreographers to master the dance moves and with a team of stylists to represent their dance icon’s look.
The final will see six celebrity acts dance with the hope of being crowned the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Champion on Saturday 13 March.
Jo Wallace, Executive Editor, Comedy Entertainment, BBC, said: “Saturday nights on the BBC are all about eventful, big, fun, family entertainment and Let’s Dance For Sport Relief absolutely fits that bill.
“Following on from the last series, the celebrity-packed show aims to have audiences singing and dancing along in their living rooms and, no doubt, in fits of laughter, as the stars of the show try to impress them and the judges with their dance moves, all in the name of charity.”
Malcolm Gerrie, CEO, Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “Last year’s series exceeded all expectations and Robert Webb’s brilliant interpretation of Flashdance captivated the entire nation: young and old!
“This year, Let’s Dance For Sports Relief hopes to do the same again with some of the most iconic dances of all time being performed by some of the country’s most-loved entertainers and sport stars.”