Mel and Sue to host new Saturday night BBC show

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  • It broke our hearts when Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they would be stepping down as hosts of the Great British Bake Off, following the news that the show was moving to Channel 4.

    But there’s now some good news! Mel and Sue are swapping baking for dancing as they’re set to return to our TV screens as a duo, to present a new show for the BBC.

    The pair will host Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief, a four-part series that airs on BBC One next year. The Saturday night entertainment show will get celebrities singing and dancing to some classic songs to help raise money for charity, all while wearing the signature comic relief red noses.

    Viewers, along with a special panel of judges, will vote to decide which celebs from the three live heats will go through to the show’s grand finale in the run up to Red Nose Day 2017.

    But it’s not just the celebs who will be dancing. Mel and Sue will also be sent out into the streets to get members of the public to participate in dance-offs.

    After seeing the last of Mel and Sue on GBBO last week, when Candice Brown won the show’s final series on the BBC, it comes as very welcome news that the duo will be back together again… and we can’t wait!

    Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC, said: ‘Bringing Mel and Sue to BBC One on a Saturday night is hugely exciting.

    ‘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.’

    And it looks like Sue is equally excited about her new hosting gig.

    She said: ‘I’m thrilled to be co-presenting Let’s Sing and Dance For Comic Relief, not least because it would finally show the world why I was voted West Penwith’s Krumping Champion – over 40’s category’.

    A spokesperson for Mel also added in a statement that the presenter is excited to be joining the show.

    ‘Since leaving the Royal Ballet 12 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.

    ‘She’s delighted to be taking time out from her busy schedule at the Royal Opera House (she was recently called ‘a complete and utter Tosca’ in the starring role of the eponymous opera) to take part in co-hosting duties for Let’s Sing and Dance For Comic Relief.’

    We can’t wait to see Mel and Sue back together on our TV screens and for such a good cause!