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- So far Claudia and Tess have raised £517,660 for Comic Relief – thank you to everyone who has donated!
- The Strictly duo are dancing to hits from the last six decades for over 24 hours for Comic Relief
- A whole host of special guests have been popping in to support them throughout the challenge
- Follow our live page to watch Claudia and Tess as they reach the end of their challenge and to get the latest donation totals
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.
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!
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.
Here are just a few of the special guests who’ve joined in the dancing with Claudia and Tess over the last few hours…
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.
The Strictly Come Dancing presenters are battling exhaustion during their 24-hour Comic Relief danceathon.
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…
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?
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!
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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.
He’s reunited with Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones to perform the track, while Tess and Claudia have a bit of a breather.
Expect appearances from:
– Strictly contestant and former MP Ed Balls
– Drummer / songwriter extraordinaire Andy Burrows
– Radio 2’s very own Rylan and Ana Matronic!
Just over six hours to go!