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Keep Dancing! Strictly presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly to take on longest ever Red Nose Day Danceathon

BBC presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly have pledged to practice what they preach and ‘keep dancing’ in the longest ever Danceathon in Red Nose Day history.

The pair will floss, dab and salsa their way through the marathon challenge in the Radio 2 studios in aid of Comic Relief.

Kicking off on Monday March 11 and into the next day, they’ll put their dancing skills to the test as Radio 2 turns into a giant jukebox, playing the very best floor fillers from the 60s, 70s and 80s right up to the present day.

Their every step, turn, and twirl will take place at Wogan House, and will be followed across all Radio 2 shows.

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.

They will also be able to send in messages of support for Claudia and Tess which will scroll across the screen.

Radio 2 presenters will back them every step of the way along with a host of celebrity friends who will surprise them during the challenge to make sure they stay motivated and never skip a beat.

Claudia Winkleman, who hosted the first ever Comic Relief six-hour Danceathon in 2015, said: “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 added: “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.”

Scot Susan Calman, 2017’s Strictly Come Dancing competitor, was one of the first to give her support, saying: “It’s really quite a big deal to dance for over 24 hours. Tess and Claudia have been judging our dancing, silently, for years on Strictly and now we get to watch them!”

The Longest Ever Danceathon with Claudia and Tess is the latest addition to the mammoth challenges previously hosted by Radio 2 in aid of Red Nose Day.

In 2017, Sara Cox triumphed in her 24-hour 80’s Danceathon and Dermot O’Leary didn’t stop shaking it off in 2015 with his epic 24-hour day of dance.

Radio 2 challenges have raised over £2million, helping Comic Relief to fund and invest in amazing projects here in the UK and internationally.

Visit comicrelief.com/danceathon to sponsor the dancing duo or for all the tools needed to host your own fundraising danceathon.