Belfast Telegraph

Edmondson gets to dance final

Comedian Ade Edmondson has stolen the show with his not so graceful balletic performance on Let's Dance For Comic Relief.

Clad in a white tutu, feathery head dress and tights, the star of the Young Ones and Bottom pirouetted across the stage as he took on the ballet classic the Dying Swan for the third heat of the BBC One charity dance competition.

He was hit over the head with a frying pan mid-way through the routine by his one time comedy partner Rik Mayall shouting "just die", but Edmondson's valiant efforts proved a hit with the voting public, earning him an automatic place in next week's final.

His fancy footwork also impressed the studio judging panel, comprising comedians John Bishop, Jo Brand and Felix Dexter.

Bishop said he had "poise, grace and elegance". Dexter added: "Despite the bald head and serial killer glasses you moved me. I thought I was watching a great ballerina."

Edmondson was supported in the studio audience by his comedian wife Jennifer Saunders and their daughters.

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke opened the show performing Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas, complete with fake moustache and high kicking moves. He was followed by presenters Caroline Flack and Joe Swash throwing some shapes on the dancefloor to My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas.

BBC Three's Lee Nelson, dressed only in underpants and trainers and Omelette, wearing a bathing costume, covered Club Tropicana by Wham! Absolute Radio host Iain Lee donned a blue metallic jacket and an Egyptian outfit for his routine to Will Smith's Getting Jiggy With It.

An 80s 'supergroup' consisting of Limahl, Toyah Wilcox, Clare Grogan and 90s pop star Chesney Hawkes wore leather jackets and overalls for a high energy routine to Grease Lightning. The foursome won the second finalist's place after being voted through by Bishop and Dexter. Brand opted to save Flack and Swash.

The other contenders who will battle it out in next week's final include: Russell Kane performing as Beyonce, Katie Price as Freddie Mercury taking on Queen's I Want To Break Free, Noel Fielding with his impression of Kate Bush, plus Charlie Baker and James Thornton.


From Belfast Telegraph