James Thornton & Charlie Baker and Noel Fielding through to final of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief (VIDEO)

by Lisa McGarry

Let's Dance 2011 - Charlie Baker, James Thornton

James Thornton & Charlie Baker, and Noel Fielding have strutted their stuff straight into the final of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, following their spectacular performances in the second heat of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen James & Charlie as their favourite, the third act to win a place in the final on Saturday 12 March after performing a phenomenal homage to Puttin’ on the Ritz from the musical of the same name.

On hearing that they were through to the final James said: “I genuinely can’t believe it” and Charlie said: “Thank you so much to everybody that voted, and keep supporting Comic Relief.”

Following James & Charlie’s performance, Lee Mack said: “I love tap dancing what is there more to say than that.”

Jack Whitehall said: “I thought it was brilliant you did really, really well. Also you looked like you were really, really enjoying it.”

Keith Lemon said: “It was like proper tap dancing, like proper stuff.”

Runners up Lulu and Noel Fielding then faced the three panellists – Lee Mack, Jack Whitehall and Keith Lemon – who decided which act would win the fourth place in the final after their performances of Crank That, Soulja Boy and Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush, respectively. Panellist Lee Mack voted for Noel, Jack Whitehall voted for Lulu and Keith Lemon voted for Noel who automatically won a place in the final.

When asked how he felt about winning a place in the final Noel said: “Flabbergasted! I can’t believe it. I’m excited.”

On not making it to the final Lulu said: “Remember what it’s all about, it’s all about charity so that’s why we’re here.”

Viewers’ favourite James & Charlie then closed the show with an encore of their show -stopping tribute to Puttin’ on the Ritz.

Tonight’s show was the second of three heats and also saw performances from Penny Smith (Toxic, Britney Spears), Andi Osho (Bad, Michael Jackson), and Jarred Christmas (Hung Up, Madonna).

There were also performances from McFly with their latest single, ‘That’s the Truth’ and Cee Lo Green with his new track, ‘Bright Lights, Bigger City’.

Next week, six more celebrity acts will be taking to the stage in a bid to win a place in the final. The line-up includes Adrian Edmondson, Joe Swash and Caroline Flack, Lee Nelson and Omelette, Marcus Brigstocke, and 80’s super group – Toyah Wilcox, Limahl, Chesney Hawkes, Clare Grogan.

The finalists from tonight’s show will be joining Kate Price and Russell Kane in the grand finale on Saturday 12 March, where six acts will battle it out for title of Let’s Dance Champion 2011.