Let's Dance



Steve Jones (2009-13) with:
Claudia Winkleman (2009-10)
Alex Jones (2011-3)

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins (2017)


Head judge: Anton Du Beke (2009)

Guest judges (in order, but not including repeat performances): Emma Bunton, Michael McIntyre, Jamelia, Paul O'Grady, Lisa Snowdon, Dara Ó Briain, Denise Van Outen, Frank Skinner, Kimberley Walsh, Jason Manford, Kelly Brook, Miranda Hart, Paddy McGuinness, Vic Reeves, Jo Brand, Jon Culshaw, Jack Dee, Robert Webb, Graham Norton, Greg Davies, Jack Whitehall, Lee Mack, Leigh Francis as "Keith Lemon", John Bishop, Felix Dexter, Rufus Hound, Louie Spence, Iain Lee, Katy Brand, Tim Minchin, Ed Byrne, Russell Kane, Simon Brodkin as "Lee Nelson", Rhod Gilbert, Mel Giedroyc, Bradley Walsh, Tameka Empson, Lisa Riley, Paloma Faith, Arlene Phillips, Greg James, Katherine Ryan, Claudia Winkleman, Adil Ray as "Mr. Khan", Jennifer Saunders, Julian Clary

Voiceover: Brian Blessed


Whizz Kid Productions for BBC One, 21 February 2009 to 9 March 2013 (21 episodes in 5 series)

as Let's Sing and Dance: Whizz Kid Productions for BBC One, 4 to 25 March 2017 (4 episodes in 1 series)


Comic Relief fundraiser in which a mixture of celebrity solo acts, duos and groups recreate classic dance routines for your votes. Six acts each week, the winner of the public vote goes straight through to the final, and the three judges - head judge Anton Du Beke plus two guests - choose between the second and third-placed acts. Arguably more entertaining than the Red Nose Day telethon itself, and it quite rightly hammered The Colour of Money in the ratings too.

The show became an annual event up to and including 2013 (the 2010 and 2012 series being for Sport Relief), though Du Beke did not continue beyond 2009 and instead there were three guest judges each week. After a four-year break, the show returned in 2017 as Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, with Mel and Sue on hosting duties.


2009: Robert Webb, dancing to "Flashdance (What a Feeling)"
2010: Rufus Hound, dancing to "Fight For This Love"
2011: Charlie Baker and James Thornton, dancing to "Puttin' on the Ritz"
2012: Rowland Rivron, dancing to "Weapon of Choice"
2013: Antony Cotton, dancing to "Anything Goes"
2017: The Chasers (Anne Hegerty, Jenny Ryan, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace), dancing to a Wizard of Oz medley


Participants in bold progressed to the final of that year's competition.


Week one

  • Robert Webb (comedian)
  • Dick & Dom (TV presenters)
  • EastEnders: Cliff Parisi and John Patridge (EastEnders actors)
  • Les Dennis (TV presenter)
  • Chefs: Paul Rankin, Sophie Grigson, John Burton Race, Nancy Lam, Kevin Woodford, Sophie Michel, Tony Tobin, Reza Mohammad and Silvana Rowe (erm, chefs)
  • Nicki Chapman & Christopher Biggins (TV presenter and actor)

Week two

Week three

  • Strictly Sportstars: Martin Offiah & Denise Lewis (former sporting Strictly contestants)
  • The Bill: Lisa Maxwell and Patrick Robinson (actress/actor)
  • Angela Rippon (TV presenter and ringer!)
  • Zoe Ball and Suggs (TV and radio presenter and singer)
  • Dom Joly (comedian)
  • Fern Britton (TV presenter)


Week one

  • Rufus Hound (comedian)
  • Katy Brand (comedian)
  • Olympians: Dalton Grant, Iwan Thomas, Mark Foster, Leon Taylor, Heather Fell and Jamie Baulch (Olympic athletes)
  • Snooker vs. Darts: Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne, Bobby George and Tony O'Shea (snooker and darts players)
  • Newsreaders: Ellie Crisell, Louise Minchin and Matt Barbet (TV news presenters)
  • Casualty and Holby City: Charles Dale, Tony Marshall, Ben Turner, Rosie Marcel and Luke Roberts (actors and actresses)

Week two

  • Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold (TV presenters)
  • Debra Stephenson (comedian and actress)
  • Sam & Mark (TV presenters)
  • Shappi Khorsandi (comedian)
  • Weather Girls: Lara Lewington, Clare Nasir, and Becky Mantin, with Michael Fish (TV weather presenters)
  • Boxers: Carl Froch, Johnny Nelson, Tony Jeffries and Duke McKenzie (boxers)

Week three

  • Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders actress)
  • Grumpy Old Women: Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Linda Robson, and Jenny Eclair (TV presenters and actresses)
  • Stephen K. Amos (comedian)
  • The Bill: Sally Rogers and Chris Simmons (actress/actor)
  • The Footballers: Jason Cundy and Peter Shilton (footballers)
  • Bellamy's People: Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery, and Rhys Thomas (comedians)


Week one

  • Katie Price (ex-glamour model)
  • Russell Kane (comedian)
  • Rebecca Front (comedian)
  • Waterloo Road: Philip Martin Brown and Rebecca Ryan (actor/actress)
  • Ed Byrne (comedian)
  • Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan (TV interior designers)

Week two

  • Noel Fielding (comedian)
  • Charlie Baker and James Thornton (Emmerdale actors)
  • Lulu (singer)
  • Andi Osho (comedian)
  • Penny Smith (TV presenter)
  • Jarred Christmas (comedian)

Week three


Week one

  • Terry Alderton (comedian)
  • Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett (EastEnders actresses)
  • Darren Gough (ex-cricketer)
  • Tony Blackburn and David Hamilton (radio presenters)
  • Ulrika Jonsson and Angelos Epithemiou (Shooting Stars panellists)

Week two

  • Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards (former ski-jumper)
  • Miles Jupp (comedian)
  • Alice Barry (actress)
  • Ava Vidal (comedian)
  • Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge (ex-The Only Way is Essex stars)

Week three

Week four


Week one

  • Tim Vine (comedian)
  • The Soap Stars (Natalie Cassidy, Dean Gaffney, Ricky Groves, and Claire Sweeney; all soap stars)
  • Destiny's Dad (Hal Cruttenden, Mark Dolan [comedians] and Shaun Keaveny [broadcaster])
  • Olivia Lee (comedian)
  • Ricky Hatton (boxer)

Week two

  • Antony Cotton (Coronation Street)
  • Katherine Ryan (comedian)
  • Members of the cast of Waterloo Road
  • Jon Culshaw (impressionist)
  • Kim Woodburn and Rosemary Shrager (television cleaner and cook)

Week three

  • Jodie Prenger (entertainer)
  • Lee Nelson (comedy character, performed by Simon Brodkin)
  • Vanessa Feltz (broadcaster)
  • Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah (newsreaders)
  • Nina Conti (ventriloquist)


Week one

Week two

  • The Chasers: Anne Hegerty, Jenny Ryan, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace (erm, Chasers)
  • Holby & Casualty: Amanda Henderson, Chizzy Akudolu and Tony Marshall (Holby City and Casualty stars)
  • Ola and James Jordan (former Strictly professionals)
  • Boys Allowed: Ben Ofoedu, Duncan James, Gareth Gates, Jon Lee and Ritchie Neville (singers)
  • Danny-Boy Hatchard (EastEnders actor)

Week three

  • The One Show: Alex Riley, Angellica Bell, Dominic Littlewood, Iwan Thomas and Michelle Ackerley (The One Show presenters)
  • Alison Hammond (ex-Big Brother contestant and TV presenter)
  • Sally Lindsay (actress)
  • Steph and Dom Parker (Gogglebox stars)
  • Pete Firman and Ellie Taylor (magician and comedian, respectively)


The format has been sold to countries including Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Russia, and Sweden.

External links

BBC programme page (Let's Dance for Comic Relief)

BBC programme page (Let's Dance for Sport Relief)

BBC programme page (Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief)

Wikipedia entry


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