Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly to lead Radio 2 Danceathon for Red Nose Day

BBC Radio 2 presenter Claudia Winkleman and her Strictly Come Dancing co-presenter Tess Daly are to take part in the longest ever Danceathon in Red Nose Day history.

It starts on Monday 11 March, going through to Tuesday 12 March with Radio 2 turning into a giant jukebox, playing floor fillers from the 60s, right up to the present day.

The Danceathon with Claudia and Tess will take place at the Radio 2 studios in Wogan House and will be followed across all Radio 2 shows including the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, Sara Cox, Jo Whiley, Trevor Nelson. OJ Borg, Nicki Chapman, Vanessa Feltz, Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright, all in support of this year’s Red Nose Day.

It will also be streamed live on the BBC Red Button where those watching at home will see music videos appear simultaneously with the tracks being played on the radio.

Claudia Winkleman, who hosted the first ever Comic Relief six-hour Danceathon in 2015, says: “I’m so excited to be taking on this epic Danceathon challenge with Tess live at Radio 2 in the legendary Wogan House. I know it’s going to be hilarious to watch because we’re pretty bad dancers – I’m not very good at standing, let alone dancing. Thankfully we’ll have each other and we’re going to push through to raise as much money as we can for Red Nose Day.

“We love Comic Relief and believe in everything they do. We’ve seen first-hand how the money raised provides a lifeline for people living in the most desperate situations, and we’re doing this for them. We want people at home to come together, dig deep and support us through this because dancing for over 24 hours is going to be one hell of a challenge.”

Tess Daly says: “I am so proud to be supporting Red Nose Day with Claudia. I just hope we have the stamina to ‘keep dancing’ for over 24 hours straight!

“We were worn out during our first choreography session so it’s no doubt going to be a tough challenge. But we’re doing this to raise money for Red Nose Day, so it will be incredibly special, and we’ll be thinking of all the people that will benefit from all the amazing projects funded by Comic Relief. Doing this at Wogan House is extra special for me having worked with the great man, Sir Terry, himself many times.”

BBC Radio 2 challenges have raised over £2million, helping Comic Relief to fund and invest in amazing projects here in the UK and internationally. This year’s Red Nose Day takes place on Friday 15th March.

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