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Great British Baking Show hosts line up new gig

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On your mark… get set… dance?

Former Great British Baking Show hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will be trading in their (largely unused) baking aprons for dance shoes, with the duo bringing their signature comedy act to the BBC as the new hosts of Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.

The series will offer an access-all-areas look at various celebrities’ song and dance routines as they aim to raise money for charity. The show will comprise of three “heats” — or rather, rounds — before culminating in a live finale.

“Since leaving the Royal Ballet twelve years ago, Mel is really looking forward to getting back on her points and showing the brave Comic Relief celebrity dancers how to split leap and ball change,” joked Giedroyc in a statement from the BBC, while Perkins added, “I’m thrilled to be co-presenting Lets Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, not least because it will finally show the world why I was voted West Penwith’s Krumping Champion (over 40s category).”

Until recently, the pair had served as hosts for the Great British Baking Show, but following the show’s departure from the BBC, the pair stepped down from their roles.

“Mel and Sue are the perfect pairing to present BBC One’s Saturday night singing and dancing extravaganza for Comic Relief,” says Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content.

“Their warmth, wit, charm and chemistry married with their genuine love of entertainment are all a perfect fit for Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief,” adds, Kate Philips, Controller for BBC Entertainment Commissioning. “They will challenge contestants to stretch their hamstrings, vocal chords and of course don red noses in the most memorable way possible.”

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