It's Essex against the music! Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge rock for Sports Relief – but Eddie the Eagle is through to the final
The stars were out once again tonight live on BBC 1 to put their dignity aside for the sake of Let's Dance for Sports Relief 2012.
Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards, comedian and actor Miles Jupp, Shameless star Alice Barry, stand up comedian Ava Vidal, and Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge all took to the stage in the hope of impressing judges Vic Reeves, Ian Lee and Rufus Hound.
Ski jumper Eddie received the most public votes, and was immediately guaranteed a place in the final, while comedian and actor Miles Jupp beat Amy and Herry in the judges' vote to receive the second available spot.
Nevertheless, though Amy and Harry didn't quite make the cut, it's safe to say they gave the most memorable performance of the night.
Good effort: Amy Childs and Harry Derbidge made a very entertaining Madonna and Britney…
… but it was Eddie 'the eagle' Edwards who won the audience vote for his turn as Austin Powers in tonight's installment of Let's Dance for Sports Relief
During a preamble scene shot in Amy's salon, the pair chatted about their careers, with Amy confessing: 'At the moment I'm like mega famous, but I'm starting to run out of options in the reality genre, and I'm starting to feel my profile dip.'
There was no doubt that the pair smashed their routine to Me Against the Music by Madonna and Britney Spears.
Amy and Harry took on the roles of Madonna and Britney, replicating the music video exactly, complete with elaborate props- and also featuring an Essex-style interlude during which Amy 'beautified' her cousin in a salon chair.
Went all out: Amy and Harry recreated the routine from the original Me Against The Music video almost exactly
Held her own: Amy's impression of Madonna was surprisingly convincing
Joining hosts Steve and Alex Jones, Harry gushed: I absolutely loved it,. Thank you so much everyone.
Amy added: 'I was so nervous, but I absolutely loved it. I want to do it again!.'
Rufus opened the commentary, with an enthusiastic: 'Absolutely brilliant.'
Elaborate: The pair even used the same props- including a 'stone' wall- as the superstars
Chemistry: Used to working together, the Essex stars held nothing back as they threw themselves into routine
He continued: 'The best dance of the night by far. Amy you were so convincing as Madonna at one point that I thought you were going to adopt me.' Harry there were moves there I'm pretty sure the male wasn't meant to do.'
Ian added: 'It was fantastic, and it incorporated sex with a wall, which is one of my favouite things. Harry- I think a lot of people will be asking themselves some pretty serious questions'
Vic Reeves quipped: 'Both ladies were enchanting.'
Essex interlude: The pair added a more personal beauty treatment segment to the dance
Ski jumper Eddie 'the eagle' Edwards was the first to dance in the evening, wryly quipping before his performance 'well somebody's got to come last'
Dancing to Austin Powers Soul Bossa Nova, Eddie was lowered onto the stage in a shiny blue striped suit, sporting classic Austin Powers teeth and sixties-style glases.
Surrounded by dancers also in costume, he launched into a cringeworthy routine which mirrored the opening of the 1997 film.
Audience favourite: Dancing to Austin Powers Soul Bossa Nova, Eddie was lowered onto the stage in a shiny blue striped suit, sporting classic Austin Powers teeth and sixties-style glasses
Generous: Judge Vic Reeves called Eddie's dance 'technically the most proficient ever performed'
The grand climax came when a full band arrived onto the stage, marching along for the final few seconds.
'I loved every minute of it' Eddie enthused breathlessly as he arrived at the judging panel.
Rufus said: 'You've got Austin Power's dance moves and the Elephant man's voice. As Austin powers himself said, groovy baby.'
Sixties style: The dance mirrored the opening of the 1997 classic
Discerning: Vic Reeves, Ian Lee and Rufus Hound formed the judging panel
Realistic: Steve Jones, who hosted alongside his ex Alex Jones, opened the show saying 'All acts are hoping for the same thing, to leave with their dignity intact. Of course that's not going to happen.'
Ian continued the critique with: 'You
look a cross between Dennis the Menace, peter moon and my uncle. But
that's what the sixties were like!'
'Doesn't he look like the great Roy Castle. That was technically the most proficient dance ever performed,' added Vic.
Comedian and actor Miles Jupp was up next.
Came second: Comedian and actor Miles Jupp, who opened his dance to The Prodigy in a straight jacked, was the judges' choice to go through to the final
Familiar The judges thought Miles looked like a little like Dennis the Menace
Enjoyed himself: Miles told Steve 'That really felt like coming home. That was extrordinary, what a weird feeling. I fel quite sick.'
Dancing to the Prodigy, he arrived on stage in a straight jacket with green hair.
removed the jacket to reveal a skull and crossbones jumper and kicked
off what might generously be described as a conceptual routine, which at
one point saw him brandishing knitting needles and a ball of wool.
received a standing ovation, and told Steve and Alex: 'That really
felt like coming home. That was extraordinary, what a weird feeling. I
feel quite sick.'
Commanding: Shameless star Alice Barry performed as a policewoman to Outside by George Michael
Rufus said: I've often wondered what
iot would be like if you gave Dennis the menace Orvil's haircut and too
many blue smarties. I am filled with nothing but respect, that was
Ian added: 'You've scared all the kids away. How did your Theology degree help'
was rural and urban. It was dynamic, it had every portion of the
ingredients I require. I was oscillating throughout that performance in
the style of a young frightened mouse,' said Vic.
Cheeky! Alice gave Steve a little 'squeeze' after her routine, and said 'hat was Wonderful. Good workout. I'll tell you what, you've got a lovely bum'
Handled it: Steve responded 'that was deep. Let's go to the panel, and I'm going to call my lawyer'
Next was Shameless star Alice Barry's, who danced to Outside by George Michael.
in a policewoman's outfit, Alice emerged onto the stage with a group of
dancing support officers and convicts, and performed a colourful
routine featuring fake 'slapping', and even planted a kiss on Rufus's
Had it down pat: Stand up comedian Ava Vidal dancedto Get Happy, sauntering onto the stage in a pair of black sequinned mini shorts and a sexy black blazer
Steve remarked as she stepped to the side: 'You dance like George Michael drives- with carefree abandon.'
Alice said: 'That was Wonderful. Good workout. I'll tell you what, you've got a lovely bum.'
A slightly flummoxed Steve responded: 'That was deep. Let's go to the panel, and I'm going to call my lawyer'
Puffin' away! Ava was joined by a furry friend halfway though her routine
Rufus said: 'You look as though if you weren't doing that here tonight, you'd have been doing it at home.'
'You captured the sexiness of the LA PD. Wonderful is perhaps too weak a word for it,' added Ian.
Stand up comedian Ava Vidal was next.
to Get Happy, Ava sauntered onto the stage in a pair of black sequined
mini shorts and a sexy black blazer, accompanied by a troupe of suited
Slick: Alice's performance was arguably the most professional of the night
After a rather more professional effort than her competitors she told Steve Jones: 'I'm tired, I had fun, I had really good fun.'
Rufus commented: 'Clearly you were tired, because at rhe end I could see you puffng. It was glamorous, it was sexy, it was wonderful.'
'That was a dance, excuse my language on a Saturday evening, it was blooming excellent' Ian enthused, while Vic finished with 'It was marvellous. It ignited a passion in me I thought was dormant.'