Jo Whiley, Ten Tonnes and Mary Berry to launch Tess and Claudia's Comic Relief danceathon!

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will begin their massive Danceathon for Comic Relief during Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 evening show on Monday night.

Jo helps the Strictly hosts kick off the longest Danceathon in Red Nose Day history, with the nation's queen of home cooking Mary Berry, singer Ten Tonnes and drag queen sensation Jinkx Monsoon dropping in. The pair will keep dancing through the night, with support from Trevor Nelson, OJ Borg, Nikki Chapman and Vanessa Feltz, before Zoe Ball supports them into Tuesday with some very special guests.


Later, Steve Wright will spur them on alongside celebrity guests Rylan, Hugh Dennis, the cast of Six The Musical and Miranda Hart at 2pm.

Tess and Claudia will round off their epic danceathon more than 24 hours after they begin, again with Jo Whiley.

Their every step, turn, and twirl will take place at the Radio 2 studios in 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.

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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.”

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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.

Inspired by Claudia and Tess? Visit to sponsor the dancing duo or for all the tools needed to host your own fundraising danceathon.