If the thought of heading out tonight is all too much to bear, Children In Need is the perfect reason not to. But just in case you’re not convinced, we’ve put together all the reasons you NEED to watch. Listen up..
Dermot O’Leary will replace Sir Terry Wogan as host:
Due to illness, Mr Wogan has had to pull out as presenter of the show for the first time since its 1980 launch (boo!). But while we’re totally gutted that Terry won’t be there to give us all the LOLs this evening, we’re sure his replacement Dermot O’Leary will have us just as good a time. In fact, alongside Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton, tonight may well see the birth of our new fave TV trio. Either way, here’s to wishing Terry a super speedy recovery.
The Strictly Come Dancing Skit:
We’re all for a bit of showbiz, and judging by what we’ve heard of tonight’s Strictly spin-off, that’s exactly what we will be getting. Four of the stars from BBC One’s hit series Call the Midwife, Jenny Agutter, Jack Ashton, Laura Main and Stephen McGann will be giving us their best moves, while the West End casts of Beautiful, Kinky Boots and Bend It Like Beckham will be on hand to show us how it’s really done. Now, if that’s not a show-stopping concoction, we don’t know what is.
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The Exclusive Performances:
We didn’t think it possible to outdo last year’s roster of performers – until now. In talks to appear on the show are One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Rod Stewart and Selena Gomez. No, we’re not kidding. On top of all that, Ellie Goulding will even be performing her new single Army for the very first time. Eek!
BBC2’s Laugh-A-Minute Eastenders Spin-Off:
While Shane Richie will reprise his role as landlord Alfie Moon, this year’s East end regulars will be joined by another very special guest. Yep, none other than Peter Andre will serenade Albert Square with an exclusive performance of Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me in the Old Vic, with Strictly Come Dancing co-star Kellie Bright right by his side.
Scott Mills’ Army Challenge:
To help raise awareness, the BBC Radio 1 DJ will attempt to conquer his fear of heights by abseiling down the 400 ft Blackpool Tower. Speaking of the task ahead, Scott said: “I would say I’m really excited to be part of this Children in Need this year, but to be honest, I am ridiculously nervous about what I am taking on. I’ve never done anything like this in my life and am scared of heights – so it really will be a challenge.”
If all that’s not enough to make you want to tune in to Children In Need tonight, we’re sure Pudsey Bear is. And if you want yourself a slice of the cuddly bear action, Asda have designed some totally adorable Pudsey onesies. Go on, you know you want to.