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Radio 2’s Longest Ever Danceathon for Comic Relief – BBC News

Radio 2’s Longest Ever Danceathon for Comic Relief – BBC News
Radio 2's Longest Ever Danceathon for Comic Relief


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  1. So far Claudia and Tess have raised £517,660 for Comic Relief – thank you to everyone who has donated!
  2. The Strictly duo are dancing to hits from the last six decades for over 24 hours for Comic Relief
  3. A whole host of special guests have been popping in to support them throughout the challenge
  4. Follow our live page to watch Claudia and Tess as they reach the end of their challenge and to get the latest donation totals

Live Updates

By Team Claudia and Tess

All times stated are UK

  1. Here’s the emotional moment Claudia and Tess heard they’d raise over £500k for Comic Relief

  2. Up now, Sara Cox

    Sara’s no stranger to Danceathons having completed her own 24 hour 80s-themed challenge back in 2017, so is in an ideal position to help guide Claudia and Tess ever closer to the finising line.

    Sara Cox during her Sounds of the 80s Danceathon in 2017

    Copyright: BBC

    Image caption: Sara Cox during her Sounds of the 80s Danceathon in 2017
  3. You did it! Total for the end of Steve’s show is £517,660

    Steve Wright

    Presenter, BBC Radio 2

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you everybody!

    That is truly amazing, congratulations everybody and thank you so much for your generosity, that’s great.

    Tess and Claudia are in tears. We’re all a bit emotional.

    But that’s not all, we want more!

  4. Claudia and Tess are so grateful for all your support!

  5. A message from our Breakfast host

  6. The end is in sight 👀

    Claudia and Tess have been dancing for well over 20 hours now.

    The Radio 2 listeners have been really generous, not just with their donations, but also with the amazing messages of support.

    Every message is a little boost for the Strictly duo, and with the finish line is firmly in sight never has it been more important.

    Tweet BBC Radio 2 using the hashtag #RNDdanceathon

  7. With just over three hours to go, here’s a reminder of how to donate

  8. Star pics

    Here are just a few of the special guests who’ve joined in the dancing with Claudia and Tess over the last few hours…

    Tess's mum, aka the journalist and author Eve Pollard

    Copyright: BBC/Comic Relief

    Image caption: Claudia’s mum, aka the journalist and author Eve Pollard
    Ed Balls and Strictly dance partner Katya Jones reunited

    Copyright: BBC/Comic Relief

    Image caption: Ed Balls and Strictly dance partner Katya Jones reunited
    Jon Snow of Channel 4 News fame

    Copyright: BBC/Comic Relief

    Image caption: Jon Snow of Channel 4 News fame
    Singer Cassidy Janson

    Copyright: BBC/Comic Relief

    Image caption: Singer Cassidy Janson
    Celebrity Apprentice duo Kelly Hoppen and Rylan Clark-Neal

    Copyright: BBC/Comic Relief

    Image caption: Celebrity Apprentice duo Kelly Hoppen and Rylan Clark-Neal
  9. Steve has a new total: £416,838

    I’m not even sure if this is all real! Can we say a massive thank you to everyone who has given money and everyone who has come here to perform because it’s absolutely phenomenal. Radio 2 listeners have been so generous.

  10. Now over 20 hours in…

    Here are a few of Claudia and Tess’s highlights so far…

    Video content

    Video caption: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are dancing for over 24 hours for Comic Relief

    The Strictly Come Dancing presenters are battling exhaustion during their 24-hour Comic Relief danceathon.

  11. Steve has a new total: £375,516

    Thanks for all your donations so far! Coming up in the rest of Steve’s show – Six the Musical, Rock Choir, Sophie Thompson and of course lots more dancing…

  12. Who won Jeremy and Rylan’s dance-off?

    One of the many highlights so far, Radio 2 presenters Jeremy Vine and Rylan Clark-Neal take centre stage for their own dance-off… Could this be practice for a future Danceathon?

  13. Here’s the all-important info of how you can support Claudia and Tess by texting a donation

  14. Just over 5 hours of dancing still to go!

    Claudia and Tess have been dancing for nearly 19 hours – they just need to make it past 7:15pm to make this the Longest Danceathon ever!

    Jeremy Vine has stuck around to support Claudia and Tess, and for a special dance-off with Radio 2’s latest recruit Rylan Clark-Neal.

    Steve Wright is on presenting duties til 5pm, and has live music coming up from Rock Choir and Six The Musical, as well as guests including actress Sophie Thompson, comedian Hugh Dennis, and Scissor Sister turned Radio 2 host Ana Matronic.

    Keep watching the live video at the top of the page for the latest!

  15. 18 hours of dancing, delirium has officially set in

    Jon Snow dancing

    Copyright: Tom Martin / BBC

    We’ve had Jon Snow (above) joining in for an impromptu boogie.

    Impressionist Jon Culshaw did Donald Trump impressions while Tess and Claudia shuffled away in the background.

    Dancers from the Mamma Mia! musical practiced their moves alongside Jeremy Vine.

    Just your average day at Radio 2, really.

    Still to come: Steve Wright takes over unofficial choreographer duties when his show kicks off at 2pm, before Sara Cox and Jo Whiley help push Tess and Claudia past the 24-hour mark.

    If they can keep going, they will have been dancing for an entire day at 7.15pm.

  16. A guaranteed mood-booster: Ed Balls dancing to Gangnam Style!

    Ed Balls and Katya Jones

    Copyright: BBC

    He’s reunited with Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones to perform the track, while Tess and Claudia have a bit of a breather.

  17. In hindsight, maybe Jeremy Vine should have won Strictly

  18. Coming soon to the Danceathon…

    Expect appearances from:

    – Strictly contestant and former MP Ed Balls

    – Drummer / songwriter extraordinaire Andy Burrows

    – Radio 2’s very own Rylan and Ana Matronic!

    Rylan On Saturday

    Copyright: BBC

  19. Lean on me…

    Tess and Claudia

    Copyright: BBC

    Just over six hours to go!

  20. The latest total: £319,212!

    Donate now

    Copyright: BBC


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