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After five weeks on our screens, Let’s Dance For Sport Relief came to an end tonight, with comedian Rowland Rivron taking home the top prize for his parody of Fatboy Slim’s video for Weapon Of Choice.
The 53-year-old impressed viewers with his moves after taking to the stage on last week’s show and performing an energetic routine that mirrored the performance by Hollywood actor Christopher Walken in the 2001 music video.
And after sailing through to tonight’s final, Rivron clearly delighted Let’s Dance fans once again, meaning he saw off competition from show favourites to win this year’s series.
EastEnders residents Laurie Brett and Tameka Empsom were hot favourites with their interpretation of Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s Telephone, while Outnumbered star Tyger Drew Honey and his partner Tracy Beaker actress Dani Hamer had also been tipped for glory.
After all the Let’s Dance finalists performed once again for the audience on tonight’s show, Steve Jones and Alex Jones appeared on stage to announce the winner of the this year’s competition.
Miles Jupp, Terry Alderton, Fatima Whitbread, Eddie the Eagle and Omid Djalili were all told they had been voted off, before it was revealed that Rowland had won the series.
Judge Frank Skinner had earlier said of Rivron’s routine: ‘The message to any young people watching this is – don’t be afraid of middle age, it can be very beautiful.
‘I’d like to learn that and do it every day – it’s honestly one of the best dances I’ve ever seen on this show, and I totally loved it.’
Proceeds from viewers’ votes go to Sports Relief, a charity campaign that culminates in a six-and-a-half-hour telethon on Friday, March 23.
Olympian Fatima Whitbread and presenter Rowland Rivron are the final celebrities through to the Let’s Dance for Sport Relief final.
In the fourth heat round, they went up against comedy duo Watson & Oliver, Gadget Show presenters Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley and comedian Patrick Monahan.
Fatima won the judges vote by Russell Kane, Lee Nelson, and Jo Brand for her performance to You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees with the Cuban Brothers.The musical act danced on stage in their colourful outfits for most of the song, before an uncharacteristically frilly Fatima appeared to finish off the number.After the performance, Jo Brand commented: ‘You looks so incandescent and it’s as if Chris DeBurgh wrote Lady In Red for you.’Russell joked: ‘I was amazed, but it would have been a nice finish if the cockroach had come out of your nose at the end,’ referring to the javelin thrower’s famous scene in the jungle.Rowland Rivron’s performance was a huge hit, winning the audience vote.
He did a great impression of Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim’s 2001 hit Weapon of Choice video.Russell said afterward: ‘That is the dance to beat tonight, it was unbelievable. The choreography was spot on, you should be proud of yourself.’
Jo added: ‘You’re going to be corralled by every menopausal housewife in the country – and I’m leading the charge.’
A huge surprise was comedy duo Watson and Oliver, who were sent packing despite stepping things up by skating as Torvill and Dean to Bolero at the 1984 Olympics.
Wearing wigs and flashing their cheesiest grins, the comic duo perfected some impressive tricks in between crashing off stage and stopping for sips of cocktails.
The hilarious routine received a huge applause and great comments from the judges, but it wasn’t enough to go through to the final.
Comedian and ‘professional cuddler’ Patrick Monahan was first up, dancing in Rihanna’s Only Girl In The World.
He appeared in a bright red wig, silver sequin midriff top and puffball skirt. The comic had the Rihanna look right down to the singer’s tattoos and Louis Spence dressed as an angry Irish farmer shooing him off the stage for indecency.
Finally, Suzi and Otis from The Gadget show did a saucy routine to Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin.
Fatima and the Cuban Brothers and Rowland Rivron will go head to head with the other finalists next week.
They might have been able to call in a favour from their celebrity pal David Hasselhoff, but even that wasn’t enough to put Scott Mills and Olly Murs through to the live finals of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief.
The pair lost out on a place in the live final when judges Tim Minchin, Katy Brand and Ed Byrne opted to send comedian Omid Djalili through instead.
The duo had earlier performed a choreographed routine to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem, and earned themselves screams from the audience when they revealed their special guest – in the form of Hasselhoff, who joined the boys for the final move.
Even the Hoff couldn’t save them! Olly Murs and Scott Mills failed to make it through to the final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief – despite their special guest
While Olly looked more than competent on the stage, delighting the live audience and TV viewers with his hip wiggling and running man moves, Scott appeared to find the routine slightly more challenging.
Afterwards, Olly said: ‘I loved it, love it. Thanks to David for coming on too!’ And Scott added: ‘That was the weirdest two minutes of my life!’
Following the performance, judge Tim Minchin said: ‘I’m really impressed Olly that you had the guts to come on and dance with Scott – I’m surprised you managed to keep up!‘And then to bring Knight Rider on wearing a piece of kit on his head was a spectacular thing. I can’t imagine anything being better than that ever.’
Katy Brand said: ‘ I think the Hoff has got the X Factor – if only I had a buzzer. I thought there was just enough good steps to enthusiastic jumping. And Scott you did most of the steps so well done.
And Ed Byrne was booed by the audience when he said: ‘David Hasselhoff, were you actually invited to be on this show? It was a great.
‘One of you was a better dancer than the other and Olly I think it was your duty to take your talent down a notch. I think it was very rude of you to show Scott up for the stumbling man that he is.’
Next up was comedienne and writer Arabella Weir, who joked about her resemblance to Kylie Minogue before performing the Australian singer’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.
Wearing the pint-sized star’s famous white catsuit – complete with plunging top and thigh-high splits on each leg, Arabella kept a straight head as she performed the routine.‘Gobsmacked!’ Outnumbered’s Tyger Drew-Honey and Tracy Beaker Returns’ Dani Harmer won the show after their routine to Fat Sam’s Grand Slam from Bugsy Malone
Arabella, who was cheered on by David Tennant in the audience, had been doing incredibly well until about halfway through when she appeared to forget some of the moves.
Afterwards, Timsaid: ‘I’m awestruck by you and I didn’t notice you missed a bit but now you’ve told me that we should probably score you down. You look amazing in that outfit – I just want to use it as a sheet. Thank you for making my life better.’
Katy said: ‘I think she was great and I always like to see a woman enjoying her own legs. I think you’ve down wonders with that dressing gown.‘And can I just say from one woman to another your bum looks amazing in that!’
And Ed said: ‘I’d like to be honest about how I felt but I know my wife is watching! And those moves were very tightly choreographed and very difficult so well done.’
Next up was Outnumbered’s Tyger Drew-Honey with Tracy Beaker Returns’ Dani Harmer, dancing to Fat Sam’s Grand Slam from iconic movie Bugsy Malone.
Tim kicked off the comments, by saying: ‘It’s disgusting you can be so young and so good at stuff!’
Katy added: ‘That was a proper old school, showbiz, full-on performance. I think you make a lovely couple and I think you should be together and get married.
‘And I think from the pair of you will be the future of British television.’
Ed concluded by saying: ‘Three words, West End hit. It was brilliant, great. The only thing I was disappointed with was that there wasn’t a bigger custard pie fight at the end!’
Kirsten O’Brien was up next, getting some coaching from Lionel Blair before dancing to Van Halen’s Jump.
Wearing a bright blue catsuit, Kirsten performed an energetic routine complete with high kicks, back flips and trampoline stunts.
After the routine, Kirsten said: ‘Having just given birth 10 weeks ago, I’m just pleased I’m still in tact!’
Tim said: ‘You look amazing and I’m really impressed, and I’d like to spend some more time with you!’Rocking out! Kirsten O’Brien managed an incredible routine to Van Halen’s Jump, despite having given birth just 10 weeks ago
Katy added: ‘I’ve always wanted to know what it was like backstage at CBBC and I feel like now I have an insight.
‘And I can’t believe you did the splits having given birth 10 weeks ago.’
Ed concluded: ‘The best thing was the air guitaring – it was amazing!’
Last to perform was comedian and actor Djalili, dancing to a mash-up of Singin’ In The Rain and Fight The Power.
Tim said: ‘As always, Omid works on so many levels. The symbolism throughout the routine was amazing…’The show’s judges, Tim Minchin, Katy Brand and Ed Byrne
Katy added: ‘That was very much dancing for people who can’t be bothered to watch the news.’
And Ed finished off by saying: ‘It was brave and insightful and beautiful!’
Tonight’s show also saw performances from Chris Isaak, who sang Great Balls Of Fire from his new album, and Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott, who sang their new single Bright Lights.
Before the results were announced, presenter Alex Jones spoke to the contestants’ famiyl and friends, with David Tennant admitting he had lived with Arabella ‘as her lodger for five years’.
He said: ‘I’m and well and truly gobsmacked by that tonight. There was a lot of live singing in the kitchen, but nothing that.’
And Kirsten’s husband Mark said of her performance: ‘I’m so so proud. There’s a lot of rehearsal at home but I’m so proud, she did incredibly well.’
The first act sent home was Kirsten, before Arabella quickly followed. Dani and Tyler were then told then had earned themselves a place in the live final on March 17th, before the judges had to decided whether Scott and Olly and Omid should take the second place.
Ed decided to send Omid through, with Tim then opted for the comedian, putting him straight through to the final.
Yesterday, the whole of Britain saw the first episode of 2012 Let’s Dance for Sport Relief’s debut. Jam-packed with entertainment and oh so hilarious dance routines, this is a Saturday evening show you don’t want to miss, especially is you’re an Anglophile just like me! My posts are written by somebody who loves Britain to fellow Anglophiles all around the world. My aim is for you to feel Britain that bit closer to you.
– Alex Jones
– David Jones
– Shooting Stars’ Ulrika Jonsson and Angelos Epithemiou (Tango)
– Comedian Terry Alderton (Proud by Tina Turner)
– EastEnders Laurie Brett and Tameka Empson (Telephone by Lady GaGa feat. Beyoncé)
– Cricket star Darren Gough (former winner of SCD) (Song from West Side Story)
– Keith Lemon
– Greg Davies
– Graham Norton
Performances by Jessie J and JLS.
The results? The Eastenders lasses won the public vote; Darren, Ulrika and Angelos left, followed by Tony and David, as Keith Lemon chose to keep Terry in the competition. Terry will compete with the Eastenders girls and with the winners from next shows.
I’ll leave you with the Laurie, Tameka and Terry’s performances, plus Jessie J and JLS’s.