Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Miles Jupp are the next two acts to sweep their way into the final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, following their outstanding performances in the second show of the series.
Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that viewers had voted former Olympic ski jumper Eddie through to the final on Saturday 17 March, after his tribute to Soul Bossa Nova, Austin Powers.
Runners up Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge joined Miles Jupp who then faced this weeks panellists, Rufus Hound, Vic Reeves and Iain Lee, who had the tough decision of which act deserved to win the fourth sought-after place in the final, following their performances of Me Against the Music, Britney Spears and Madonna, and Firestarter, Prodigy respectively.
Panellists Iain Lee and Vic Reeves both voted for Miles Jupp giving him the majority vote and a place in the final alongside Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.
Following Eddie’s uncanny performance, the panellists said:
Rufus Hound: “You’ve got Austin Powers dance moves but the Elephant Man’s voice, that’s a heck of trick to pull off”, adding, “As Austin Powers himself said, ‘Groovy Baby’”.
Iain Lee: “I thought it was excellent, you look a cross between Dennis Pennis, Peter Noone and my Uncle and it’s all a little bit creepy but that’s what the sixties were like I’m told”.
Vic Reeves: “That was technically the most proficient dance ever performed, I believe, personally, excellent, well done.”
On confirming his place in the final with an engaging performance of Firestarter, Prodigy Miles Jupp said: “Thank you, it’s everything I wanted”.
The viewers’ favourite Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards then closed the show with one more rendition of those winning moves to Soul Bossa Nova.
Tonight’s show was the second of four heats and saw Ava Vidal; Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge; and Alice Barry eliminated.
There were performances from Brits winner Ed Sheeran with his latest single ‘Drunk’ and Alexandra Burke who sang her new track ‘Elephant’.
Next week, five more celebrity contestants will take to the floor with more iconic dance routines in a bid to win viewers over and secure their place in the final alongside Eastenders’ Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett; comedian Terry Alderton; and tonight’s winners, former Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and comedian Miles Jupp. Next week’s show will air on BBC One and BBC One HD at 7.00pm – 8.20pm.