BBC confirms return of Let's Dance for Comic Relief - with added SINGING

'Let's Sing and Dance' will air in the run up to Red Nose Day 2017

Rowland Rivron (Let's Dance 2012)

The BBC is bringing back Let's Dance for Comic Relief in 2017 - but this time contestants must also SING.

Let's Dance originally ran for five series until 2013 as part of the annual Comic and Sport Relief fundraisers.

The comedy talent contest involved celebrities mimicking iconic dance routines. Highlights included Robert Webb's take on 'Flashdance' and Rufus Hound recreating Cheryl's 'Fight For This Love'.

Today BBC One announced it will return ahead of next year's Red Nose Day after a three-year hiatus.

However, new contestants won't just have to bust the moves: they must also sing the hits that go with them. Accordingly, the show's name has changed to 'Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief'.

Charlotte Ashton, the charity's Creative Director, said: "We are thrilled that Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief will be part of next year’s Red Nose Day campaign.

"We hope that the celebrities doing their bit will encourage the nation to fundraise and donate to raise a life changing amount of money for people living the toughest lives in the UK and across Africa."

As usual, three heats will take place, with a rotating panel of guest judges reviewing the performances. Viewers will vote to decide who goes through to the live final, and eventually win the series.

Bosses have yet to confirm who the presenters will be. Steve Jones and Alex Jones fronted the previous incarnation of the show.

Let's Dance provides a boost to the Beeb's Spring entertainment schedule after it lost The Voice UK to ITV.

The corporation has also ordered Gary Barlow's Let It Shine, which will search for the stars of a Take That musical.

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