Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc, Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood and comedian Jo Brand will be singing on the 2014 Children in Need single in a celebrity choir created by Gareth Malone.
A two-part BBC1 documentary will show Malone, who achieved a number one single with his Military Wives choir in 2011, transform the group of untrained celebrity voices into a choir good enough to perform this year’s charity single.
“The task is enormous – none of these celebrities are known for their singing,” said Malone, “but we are all coming together in support of a hugely important cause; it’s time to put celebrity egos to the side and sing with one voice in the choir.”
Actress Alison Steadman and her on-screen Gavin and Stacey husband Larry Lamb will also perform, as will Blue Peter’s Radzi Chinyanganya, former footballer Fabrice Muamba and EastEnders’ Nitin Ganatra. Completing the line-up are Countryfile’s John Craven, rugby star Margaret “The Machine” Alphonsi, radio DJ Alice Lavine and Birds of a Feather actress Linda Robson.
Brand has already warned viewers about her singing voice: “I’m not sure everyone is ready for this, but I’ve signed up anyway and can confirm that I’ll be treating you all to my singing as part of Gareth Malone’s All-Star Choir.
“When the time comes, please tune into the show and buy our official BBC Children in Need single so we can raise lots of money for this year’s Appeal.”
Strictly’s sharp-tongued judge Revel-Horwood added that singing on the BBC Children in Need single was “rather daunting and quite a step change from dancing.”
The choir met for their first rehearsal this Wednesday although there’s no word yet on what they’ll be singing. Last year the Children in Need single was performed by Ellie Goulding and in 2011 it was sung by Girls Aloud.
The BBC Children in Need 2014 Appeal show is on BBC1 on Friday 14 November.