The first celebrity performers have been announced who will be starring on Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.

Out of the Bake Off tent and into the studio for celebrity howling and toosh-shaking, hosts Mel and Sue.

Astrologer and TV personality Russell Grant will be performing 1980’s disco hit Chain Reaction by superstar diva Diana Ross while actress Sally Lindsay will be Noddy Holder singing the rock classic Cum On Feel The Noize by the legendary Slade.

Stand-up comedian and actress Sara Pascoe will take on the sensational chart-topping hit Chandelier by Sia, which has  been viewed over a billion times on YouTube, and Harriet Thorpe and Helen Lederer will perform one of ABBA’s greatest ever pop songs Dancing Queen which topped the charts worldwide.

Elsewhere the cast of BBC medical sagas Casualty and Holby City, made up of Chizzy Akudolu, Tony Marshall and Amanda Henderson, will perform a special rendition of the huge hit phenomenon Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. Another BBC show getting in on the act is The One Show whose reporters Angellica Bell, Iwan Thomas, Alex Riley, Michelle Ackerley and Dominic Littlewood will perform a yet to be revealed routine. 

Each week, a different panel of guest stars will join the show as judges including Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Paul O’Grady, Frank Skinner, Jennifer Saunders and Claudia Winkleman. While the show will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins marking the duo’s return to BBC One.

Let’s Dance for Comic Relief is back for Red Nose Day 2017, now bigger and better than ever before as it has been supersized into Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief. BBC One and BBC Entertainment present more celebrities donning more fantastic outfits and learning more iconic dance routines for Comic Relief, but this time the brave celebrities will be facing double the challenge – dancing and singing!

The celebrity performers will face three live heats before a live grand finale. A combination of the viewers at home and the judging panel will decide who makes it through to the final, with the audience crowning the eventual winner, all in aid of Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 24th March 2017, and it’s all about your power to make the world a better place, simply by having a great time. All the money raised through Red Nose Day will help to change countless lives, both here in the UK and across Africa.

In other BBC One entertainment news pop sensation, dancer and former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts will join Let It Shine, the BBC’s prime time plug for a forthcoming Gary Barlow musical, as a guest judge for the semi-final stage of the competition. Ashley will join permanent judges Gary Barlow, Martin Kemp and Dannii Minogue for the second of three live shows which will air on Saturday 18th February on BBC One.

“I’m beyond excited to be joining Let It Shine and taking a judging seat beside the brilliant Gary, beautiful Dannii and handsome Martin. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences of being in a band and I can’t wait to see what surprises the boys have in store for their live semi-final performances!” – Ashley Roberts on her Let It Shine appearance

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