Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Preview: Let’s Cringe In Horror

February 20, 2010 by  
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LET’S DANCE FOR SPORTS RELIEF: Saturday 20th February, BBC1, 6.30pm ALERT ME

Brace yourselves because Sport Relief is back this weekend. The biennial event will attempt to combine sport stars with the glitzy world of entertainment to raise money for charity. An admirable goal indeed, but looking at the line up for Let’s Dance, you might want to just donate now and save the inevitable eye-rolling pain of watching the performances.

Girls Aloud warbler Kimberley Walsh will be judging the prancing, (presumably because Cheryl Cole. dare we say, soon to be Tweedy again) is in contract to ITV. Were the Strictly team busy then?

Walsh will be joined by cheeky northern comedians Paddy McGuinness (last seen up to his eyeballs in stilettos and fake tan on Take Me Out) and Jason Manford (last seen on…er… 8 Out Of 10 Cats).

A motley crew of other “stars? include Steve Jones and Claudia Winkleman, Katy Brand, Rufus Hound (who looks like a thin version of the Street Fighter 4 character Rufus incidentally), Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Willie Thorne (yes snooker player Willie Thorne – whose performance on Strictly was describe by Bruno Tonioli as looking like a polar bear in the desert – glutton for punishment are we?)

Flying the flag for twinkle-toed hospital stars are Rosie Marcel and Luke Roberts from Holby City and Charles Dale, Tony Marshall and Ben Turner from Casualty. Yeah, I’d not heard of any of them either. Honestly, you could probably go down to your local hospital and find more recognisable faces than this lot.

Probably likely to be more successful because of their Olympic backgrounds are Mark Foster, Iwan Thomas, Leon Taylor, Dalton Grant, Heather fell and Jamie Baulch. Sam and Mark (remember them from Pop Idol Season 2? Me neither) are down to perform.

Those expecting a bit of an Angela Rippon moment won’t find it with news presenters Matt Barbet, Ellie Crisell and Louise Minchin. Damn it, I want Trevor MacDonald and Paxman, not a Channel Five presenter and some BBC News Channel nobodies.

Oh yeah, and there’ll be darts players Bobby George and Tony O’Shea who’ll be doing more exercise this weekend than they’ve ever done in their lives.

Honestly, who books this show? I know it’s difficult to find people willing to debase themselves on TV – you’re always going to end up with a bunch of attention seekers – but Bobby George?

Why not just go the whole hog and book completely ridiculous people. How about Mr. Blobby? Or Roland Rat? What about Nick Griffin? – He looks like a tosser every time he’s on TV anyway, so this shouldn’t make any difference.