Comic Relief FIRST LOOK: Gordon Ramsey recites Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the recorder while Jamie Dornan sings with ‘no voice’ as celebrities audition for Eurovision
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The Eurovision Song Contest brought a host of familiar faces together with a hilarious Red Nose Day sketch.
Ahead of Friday night’s fundraising telethon, Gordon Ramsey recited Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the recorder while Jamie Dornan sang with ‘no voice’ as celebrities audition for the talent show.
Judges Lulu, Graham Norton and Sam Ryder decided who they would be sending though, but were left unimpressed by the chef and the actors awful performances.
First up was Jamie, who stood before the panel with a message scrawled across a piece of cardboard.
In the hilarious clip, the actor when on to reveal that he couldn’t perform the song that had been written for him by Paul McCartney because he ‘had no voice.’
Talent: The Eurovision Song Contest brought a host of familiar faces together with a hilarious Red Nose Day sketch with Gordon Ramsey reciting Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the recorder
Oh dear: Ahead of Friday night’s fundraising telethon, Jamie Dornan sang with ‘no voice’ as celebrities audition for the talent show
The panel were left baffled by his audition as they reminded him that it was a singing competition and sent him on his way.
Next up to try his hand at impressing the judges was Gordon, who took to the stage with an out of tune rendition of a nursery rhyme.
The high pitched squeal echoed around room, forcing Lulu to make a sly exit while Sam and Graham were left arguing over who would break the bad news to Gordon.
‘We’ll put you down as a maybe,’ the chat show host grimaced as the angry chef snapped the instrument over his thigh and told the judges to ‘F*** off.’
Elsewhere, The Traitors Red Nose Day sketch parody began with Dawn French taking on Claudia Winkleman’s role as host, channelling the presenter’s trademark blunt fringe and eyeliner.
As she began to interrogate the ‘contestants’ it emerged that Stephen Merchant, Danny Dyer, Mary Berry and Alison Hammond were the celebrity guests.
The camera cut to Danny saying that he ‘recognised’ a fellow traitor ‘from Walford’, with season one fan favourite Maddy Smedley making a surprise cameo as she ripped off her hood and explained her history on the show.
On Maddy’s season she came under suspicion when she confessed that she was an actress who had appeared in one episode of EastEnders – where she played a homeless woman named Rita – and in one episode of Casualty where she played a woman without a womb.
Shocking: Judges Lulu, Graham Norton and Sam Ryder decided who they would be sending though, but were left unimpressed by the chef and the actors awful performances
One to watch: Elsewhere The Traitors fan favourite Maddy Smedly reunited with EastEnders ‘co-star’ Danny Dyer for a Red Nose Day skit
The next contestant to reveal themselves on the parody was Wilfred Webster, who nearly won the jackpot on season one before being exposed at the very last minute.
The celebrity contestants then focused their attention on another ominous figure – whose identity was not revealed in the teaser.
Fans have been waiting to watch the skit since Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis announced the news during Claudia Winkleman’s Radio 2 show.
Claudia told the BBC: ‘I can’t wait for people to see this sketch. I’m so grateful to Comic Relief for putting the whole thing together. I feel like I’m in an alternate universe, and I like it.’
Richard added: ‘I’m unbelievably excited about this sketch. The Traitors is the most brilliant reality show of all time, and I hope that we can mercilessly tear it apart.
‘There’s a very impressive group of actors who gathered together to destroy the reputation of Claudia Winkleman and the BBC in aid of Comic Relief.’
Season one of The Traitors came to a nail-biting end in December 2022 with Faithfuls Hannah Byczkowski, Aaron Evans and Meryl Williams emerging victorious after exposing Wilf as a Traitor at the very last moment.
Proving it was popular amongst fans, the series closed on a high of 3.2million viewers during its tense finale.
Looking good: The parody began with Dawn French taking on Claudia Winkleman’s role as host, channelling the presenter’s trademark blunt fringe and eyeliner
Unmasked: As she began to interrogate the ‘contestants’ it emerged that Stephen Merchant, Danny Dyer, Mary Berry and Alison Hammond (pictured) were the celebrity guests
Guess who’s back: The next contestant to reveal themselves on the parody was Wilfred Webster, who nearly won the jackpot on season one before being exposed at the last minute
The Red Nose Day live telethon takes place on Friday 17 March on BBC One, hosted by AJ Odudu and Joel Dommett, alongside Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuiness and David Tennant.
The slogan of the campaign, which was created by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry’s Comic Relief in 1988, is ‘Do something funny for money.’
As well as The Traitors special, viewers will be treated by the sight of Kylie Minogue is in a parody of the TV show Ghosts and a spoof of Love Island.
Sam Ryder, who was the UK’s Eurovision entry in 2022 and nearly won the competition, will also star in a sketch with Graham Norton.
The Prince of Wales, 41, has worked with charity Groundswell, which is funded by Comic Relief, on a short film which will be broadcast as part of the annual fundraising appeal on Friday.
In the thought-provoking programme, which airs on BBC One and will be available on iPlayer, the royal sat down with Nawshin and Miles, who have both experienced homelessness first-hand as they recorded a podcast as part of Groundswell’s Listen Up! project.
One to watch: Season one of The Traitors came to a nail-biting end in December 2022 and the series closed on a high of 3.2million viewers during its tense finale
Some challenges have already taken place ahead of the broadcast in order to raise more funds.
Emma Willis, Rylan Clark and Oti Mabuse have braved the elements to climb to the summit of Cairn Gorm Mountain in the Scottish Highlands, all for charity.
The expedition aired on the BBC on 14 March, and saw Emma, Oti and Rylan take on wild camping, and – equipped with ice axes and crampons – battle the ever-changing elements to summit Cairn Gorm Mountain.
The trio spent three days and two nights hiking over the brutal landscape of the Cairn Gorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands, immersed in a vast wintery landscape with no roads and little shelter.
Comic Relief Night of TV will air on Friday March 17 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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