Sport Relief 2020: Cheryl left shocked as Kimberley Walsh surprises her on The Greatest Dancer spin-off during star-studded live broadcast
- Kimberley Walsh surprised BFF Cheryl by competing on The Greatest Dancer for spin-off show in aid of Sport Relief during Friday night’s live BBC broadcast
- Kimberley teamed up with Alexandra Burke, Jay McGuiness, Sam Quek and Harry Judd as team Encore
- Rita Ora opened the show with debut performance of new track How To Be Lonely
- John Newman performed his new single Stand By Me
- Guest appearances included the likes of Rio and Kate Ferdinand, The Pussycat Dolls, Andy Murray, Mary Berry, Nick Grimshaw and Judge Rinder
- By 10pm it was announced that Sport Relief had already raised a huge £32,854,893 in donations
Cheryl was left in total shock during The Greatest Dancer spin-off for Sport Relief when her best friend and former Girls Aloud bandmate Kimberley Walsh surprised her with a performance.
Friday night’s broadcast of Sport Relief 2020 saw a slew of celebrities form two teams to go head-to-head in front of The Greatest Dancer panel made up of Cheryl, Oti Mabuse, Todrick Hall and Matthew Morrison.
But the Dance Captain, 36, had absolutely no idea Kimberley would be competing and was left stunned when she saw her pal take to the stage for her team’s performance to Chicago’s All That Jazz.
Surprise! Cheryl was left in total shock during The Greatest Dancer spin-off for Sport Relief when her best friend and former Girls Aloud bandmate Kimberley Walsh surprised her with her performance
As Kimberley turned around and started making her way down the stairs, Cheryl gasped and pointed towards her best friend.
That didn’t deter Kimberley from strutting her stuff and she admitted after the performance the thought of stepping out in front of Cheryl had been ‘quite terrifying’.
Sharing her reaction, Cheryl joked: ‘I thought we were friends?’ I am so confused, I turned around to see the start of the performance and it was the back of her and I was like, “That’s my best friend,” I loved it, you looked great,’ she said.
Loving it: Kimberley kicked off the performance with Alexandra Burke, as they strutted their stuff down the stairs
Shock: Cheryl was seen gasping as she realised Kimberley was on stage with Encore
Oti Mabuse added the group’s performance was ‘absolutely phenomenal’, but Kimberley didn’t get any special treatment, as the panel voted the opposing team Donate the winners.
Donate was made up of Strictly’s Saffron Barker, Corrie star Katie McGlynn, Louis Smith and singer HRVY.
Friday night’s Sport Relief saw guest appearances from Rio and Kate Ferdinand, The Pussycat Dolls, Andy Murray, comedian Romesh Ranganathan, Judge Rinder, Nick Grimshaw, Maya Jama, Marvin Humes and Mary Berry.
Sneaky: Kimberley said Cheryl had no idea she was going to be performing, as she’d kept it from the singer
Taking part: Kimberley teamed up with Alexandra Burke, Jay McGuiness, Sam Quek and Harry Judd as team Encore
‘Quite terrifying’: Kimberley joked that she found the performance ‘quite terrifying’ knowing she’d be performing for Cheryl
‘I thought we were friends?’ Cheryl joked that she was ‘so confused’ by Kimberley coming out on stage, but said she loved her friend’s performance
She’s a fan: Oti Mabuse told Encore she thought their dance was ‘absolutely phenomenal’
Presenter Paddy McGuinness also paid tribute to Caroline Flack, following her death last month, in a moving moment.
Viewers were left in tears and praised the tribute, as former Take Me Out host Paddy, 46, honoured Caroline in a bittersweet moment.
He told viewers Caroline, who had previously worked with Sport Relief, would be ‘missed’, with fellow presenter Gary Lineker echoing his sentiments.
‘Recently we lost a much-loved member of the Sport Relief family,’ Paddy said. ‘Caroline Flack was always a huge and very active supporter of everything this charity does. She gave so much of her time and talent to help others.
He continued: ‘She’ll be greatly missed by us all, we send all our love to her family.’
Winners: But it wasn’t Kimberley’s team that took the win, as the judges crowned Donate, made up of HRVY, Katie McGlynn, Louis Smith and Saffron Barker
Caroline died by suicide on 15 February and Paddy had been among the celebrities paying tribute to the Love Island presenter, after news emerged of her passing.
Remembering Caroline, he told fans: ‘Such a shame. We’re all fragile and we all need an arm around the shoulder and some reassurance from time to time. Check in on your friends and family. Rest peacefully Caroline.’
Paddy had messaged Caroline his support during a difficult few months which saw her step down from the first winter series of Love Island, after she was arrested for assault following an altercation with her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
Lewis chose not to press charges, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided to go ahead with Caroline’s trial and she was due in court on 4 March.
Paying tribute: Sport Relief 2020 honoured Caroline Flack, with host Paddy McGuinness paying tribute to the Love Island presenter in a moving moment
‘I’m crying’: Viewers were moved by Paddy’s tribute to Caroline and praised Sport Relief for the bittersweet moment
Remembering Caroline: The late star had previously worked with Sport Relief
Caroline was laid to rest in a private funeral that took place earlier this week and was attended by her family and close friends. She had previously been involved with Sport Relief and took a trip with the charity to Rwanda in 2014.
Viewers watching at home were moved by the tribute that aired during Friday night’s broadcast.
One viewer commented on Twitter: ‘I’m crying now…. that tribute to Caroline Flack got me. She’s missed immensely.’
Another added: ‘@PaddyMcGuinness Nice one paying tribute to @carolineflack1,’ while a third viewer tweeted: ‘The mention to Caroline Flack on sports relief has me in tears.
A fourth said: ‘@sportrelief Well done on a great tribute to Caroline Flack #BeKind.’
Doing their bit: Gary Lineker (pictured above with Sport Relief hosts Alex Scott and Paddy McGuinness) revealed this year’s broadcast will be giving a chunk of donations to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic
Kicking things off: Rita Ora was first to perform on Sport Relief 2020 and debuted her new track How To Be Lonely
The BBC had decided to go ahead with Sport Relief’s live broadcast, despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic that has seen many TV shows cancelled due to concerns over the outbreak.
At the beginning of the show, Gary had announced that this year’s fundraiser would be giving a chunk of donations raised to helping those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Match of the Day host told viewers at home: ‘These are extraordinary and unprecedented times, never have the vulnerable been more vulnerable than they are now.
‘We are already making sure that a chunk of what we raise will be going to those affected by coronavirus.
All eyes on her: Rita was joined on stage by dancers who were real-life couples for her performance
Paddy had thanked the studio’s live audience for coming out to support the cause, after the BBC decided to still go ahead with a live audience in place – assuring that their audience’s safety will be their top ‘priority’ during the program.
Rita Ora then kicked things off with the first performance of her new track How To Be Lonely, co-written by Lewis Capaldi.
The duo announced they’d teamed up on the track on Instagram just days before Sports Relief, with Lewis joking he’d handed the song over to Rita because he was ‘sh**e’ at singing it.
The Inter-Generational Connect Choir, based in Wales, then followed with a performance of You’ve Got A Friend In Me, with Gary announcing prior to their performance that the elderly members of the choir wouldn’t be in attendance as a precautionary measure following coronavirus concerns.
Funny guys: Paddy recreated the Dirty Dancing lift with Gary to introduce the show’s Greatest Dancer segment
Talk then turned to dancing later in the show, with Paddy recalling his involvement in Let’s Dance For Comic Relief with Keith Lemon. They had recreated the Dirty Dancing lift and, with Alex just finishing a stint on Strictly Come Dancing, the pair began discussing recreating the lift once more all in the name of Sport Relief.
But, Paddy soon had other ideas and instead turned to Gary to be his chosen dance partner.
‘Nobody puts Gary in the corner, step aside,’ Paddy told Alex, before hoisting Gary up into the air.
As the show progressed later into the evening, fans saw the hosting lineup switch to Strictly professional Oti, Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal.
Viewers were treated to an exclusive performance from new West End musical Back To The Future, while former I’m A Celebrity star Sam Quek and comedian Lloyd Griffith battled it out to take a huge 2020 penalties in 12 hours.
Having a ball: Oti Mabuse tried her hand at presenting alongside Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis
Celebrities including the likes of Frankie Bridge, Samantha Womack, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Judge Rinder and Nick Grimshaw, meanwhile, took part in a gruelling trek, called The Heat Is On, across the Namib desert in their efforts to drum up donations.
They trekked 100 miles on foot, bikes and skis to raise awareness of mental health and it was revealed on the show that the group have collectively raised a huge £1,037,043 for their efforts.
Nick and Frankie both spoke of their personal experiences of mental health in a VT for their challenge, with Radio 1 presenter Nick revealing on the show that the brutal trek had been ‘such a shock to the system.’
‘Absolute machines the lot of you,’ Emma told the group, as she praised their incredible efforts.
Footage of the challenge was then shown as John Newman performed his new single Stand By Me.
Stunning: John Newman performed his new single Stand By Me while footage played of the celebrities trekking in the Namib desert to raise awareness for mental health
Getting involved: The Pussycat Dolls were seen getting involved with this year’s fundraiser as they manned the phones
And David Walliams turned assassin in a funny spin-off of Killing Eve, called Killing Steves, that saw him kill Stephen Fry, Stephen Mulhern, Olympic rower Steve Redgrave and Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald.
Of course the evening included plenty of appeals for those watching to donate, with Emma tearing up over a heartbreaking VT raising awareness of the refugee crisis and those children that have been separated from their parents as a result. Oti was on hand to comfort her co-host, as they urged viewers to dig deep.
Lee Mack guest-starred in a Line of Duty spoof, where he revealed he is corrupt police officer H, only for his confession to accidentally be caught on tape in amusing scenes.
That was followed by a Stranger Things spoof that saw celebrities auditioning to be the new monster of the Netflix series, with Emma Thompson beating the likes of Jennifer Saunders, Orlando Bloom and Tan France to win the role. The segment also featured appearances from the show’s stars Millie Bobby Brown (who plays Eleven), Finn Wolfhand (Mike) and Sadie Sink (Max).
Give us a call: Ashley Roberts and Nicole Scherzinger joined Rylan backstage ahead of the Pussycat Dolls performing
Steaming things up: The Pussycat Dolls performed their new single React in revealing PVC leather outfits
Giving it their all: The girls were seen writhing around on stage as they impressed with their dance moves and their vocals to their new track
Pussycat Dolls were on hand to perform their new single React. The noughties girlband that have recently reformed for a reunion tour took to the stage in PVC leather outfits that caught the eye of viewers at home.
Following their steamy performance, host Tom Allen was seen joking with lead singer Nicole Scherzinger and repeatedly told her that she ‘terrifies him’.
He said: ‘Nicole, you terrify me… I’m scared of you. I do wish my girlfriend was hot like you, but I don’t have one.’
Sexy: The reunited girlband slipped into revealing outfits as they performed new single React
Funny: Following their steamy performance, host Tom Allen was seen joking with lead singer Nicole Scherzinger and repeatedly told her that she ‘terrifies him’
He then asked her why Sport Relief is important to the girlband and Nicole replied: ‘First of all, we are so happy to be here it’s so important that everyone does their part… donations are vital to Sport Reliefs success so that’s why we are dancing for our dollars.’
Fans were treated to a look back at Smithy’s impassioned speech at Sports Personality of the Year, as part of a spoof for Sport Relief 2010, as the Gavin and Stacey character was voted best coach, as well as that iconic moment when Smithy shared a bath with David Beckham.
Celebrity specials of both Question of Sport and QI aired throughout the night and YouTuber KSI performed his track Wake Up Call while making his live TV debut during the show’s late night broadcast.
By 10pm, it was announced that Sport Relief had already raised a huge £32,854,893 in donations.
Giving it their all: Following their performance, Nicole urged viewers at home to donate and stressed it ‘is so important that everyone does their part’ to help the good cause
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