Russell Kane and Katie Price in final in week one of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief!

by Lisa McGarry

Russell Kane and Katie Price are the first two acts to boogie their way into the final of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief, following their star spangled performances in the first show of the series.

Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Russell Kane as their favourite, the first act to win a place in the final on Saturday 12th March after performing a spectacular homage to Crazy in Love, Beyonce.

Runners up Katie Price and Waterloo Road’s Philip Martin Brown and Rebecca Ryan then faced the three panellists, Graham Norton, Frank Skinner and Greg Davies who decided which act would win the second place in the final after their performances of Queen’s, I Want To Break Free, and It’s Like That, Run DMC respectively.

Panellists Graham Norton and Frank Skinner both voted for Katie Price which carried the majority vote, confirming her place in the final alongside Russell Kane.

Following Russell’s performance, Graham Norton said: “My eyes!, I have a fear on my deathbed I will shut my eyes and I’ll see that again. It was amazing, I am amazed.”

Frank Skinner said (to Russell Kane): “The worrying thing is I didn’t look at the girls once, it wasn’t an impression it was a metamorphosis. I loved it, brilliant!”

Greg Davies said (to Russell Kane): “For me it occupied a very difficult space, somewhere between the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen and the most profoundly erotic. I think we may have just seen the greatest dance routine on British television.”

On confirming her place in the final with a fantastic performance of Queens, I Want To Break Free, Katie Price said : “I can’t believe having two left feet has actually paid off…not a bad result for my dancefloor debut! It’s been brilliant being involved with Comic Relief, although the thought of doing it all over again in the final might just finish me off completely.”

The viewers’ favourite Russell Kane then closed the show with one more rendition of Crazy In Love.

Tonight’s show was the first of three heats and saw property and design gurus Colin & Justin (Xanadu, Olivia Newton-John), actress and comedian Rebecca Front (It’s Oh So Quiet, Björk), Waterloo Road’s Philip Martin Brown and Rebecca Ryan (It’s Like That, Run DMC) and comedian, Ed Byrne (I Love To Boogie, T. Rex), eliminated.

There were also performances from JLS who performed their single, ‘Eyes Wide Shut and Taio Cruz & Kimberly Wyatt who performed their latest track, ‘Higher’.

Next week, six more celebrity contestants will take to the floor in a bid to wow viewers with iconic dance routines and win a place in the final of Let’s Dance For… Comic Relief.