Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman in 'agony' after completing 24-hour danceathon for Comic Relief

Chris Edwards
Contributor
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman danced non-stop for 24 hours for Comic Relief

Tess and Daly and Claudia Winkelman have been left in ‘agony’ after completing their 24-hour ‘danceathon’ for Comic Relief.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenters raised an impressive £782,686 for the charity by dancing non-stop for an entire day (plus an extra five minutes). 

The pair began their marathon on Monday at 7.15pm by dancing to Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy In Love’ and finished at 8.20pm on Tuesday as they moved to sound of Destiny Child’s ‘I’m A Survivor’, before collapsing to the the floor.

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After finishing the danceathon, Winkelman said: “I never want to dance again. I don’t like movement.”


“She’s had my back the whole way through,” said Daly of her co-presenter. “We’ve looked after each other. We’ve seen each other strapped up with tape. We both had a little cry. We are a bit tired and emotional.”

Their danceathon was broadcast live on the BBC red button and BBC Radio 2.

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Daly said on BBC News: “I’m not going to pretend it’s been easy, but I don’t want to moan about it.”

Fellow presenter Davina McCall, who was there to support the duo, said: “These guys won’t tell you how bad it is. They’re both in absolute agony.

“Claudia is strapped up on her leg, both of them are strapped up on their back. Tess has been in tears, she’s also feeling nauseous, and Claudia is talking about baby giraffes.”


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The £782,686 raised by the pair will all go towards Comic Relief, ahead of Red Nose Day on Friday.

“Before we did this we went to see extraordinary projects that Comic Relief is supporting, so it was important to us [to do this]” said Winkleman. “The tiniest amount of money makes the most enormous difference.”

“Every penny will go to some of the most vulnerable people living in the most challenging situations in this country and abroad.”