Charlie Baker and James Thornton win Let's Dance for Comic Relief 2011!

James Thornton and Charlie Baker

Tapping duo Charlie Baker and James Thornton have been crowned as the winners of Let's Dance for Comic Relief 2011 after topping the viewers' vote in tonight's grand final. Charlie and James performed an incredible tap routine to Puttin' on the Ritz by Fred Astaire to be crowned dance champs of 2011.

Early favourite Russell Kane, who performed to Beyonce's Crazy In Love, finished as runner up.

Speaking about the results, Charlie Baker said: "Thank you so much to everyone who voted! Everyone who makes this show is amazing. We've had an absolutely brilliant time."

Partner in dance James Thornton added: "I just want to say thanks to everyone who voted, you've raised so much money for such a good cause. We've had a real laugh doing it!"

On the performance, judge Rufus Hound told the pair: "Charlie I have known you for a long time and I didn’t expect you ever to be doing that. I haven’t seen so much clip clopping since I moved underneath that bridge. Well done!"

Comic Miranda Hart quipped: "They are lovely! I’ll be in the bar later!"


Meanwhile dance fanatic Louie Spence commented: "They were not tap syncing, they were knocking out clean beats. You had great fluidity through the moves as well. It was beautiful and your rhythms were great, so well done and I'd be more than happy to be your Ginger Rogers!"

Winners of series 1 and 2 Robert Webb and Rufus Hound presented Charlie and James with the winner's trophy, with Webb remarking he was glad the curse of men in drag winning the show had been broken.

Charlie Baker and James Thornton will perform their winning routine during Comic Relief on March 18th on BBC One.

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