Paul O'Grady to miss Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief for 'personal reasons'

Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady will no longer be appearing in tonight's first episode of Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief 2017.

Although no official reason for telly host and comic Paul's departure have been given, reports have claimed it's due to "personal reasons".

Paul had been due to appear on the celebrity panel of this evening's first heat but will now be replaced by comic Katherine Ryan.

A spokesperson for the BBC confirmed in a statement: "Comedian Katherine Ryan will step in alongside Frank Skinner and Jo Brand on the guest judging panel tomorrow night for the first live show of Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief.

"Paul O'Grady is unable to be on the panel this week and wishes all the contestants the best of luck."

Let’s Dance For Comic Relief last aired in 2013 but is back for Red Nose Day in 2017, now bigger and better than ever before as it has been supersized into Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief.

Once again celebrities will don more fantastic outfits and learn more iconic dance routines for Comic Relief, but this time the brave celebrities will be facing double the challenge – dancing and singing!

Just as in the previous 2013 show, the celebs will perform for a celebrity panel before public vote for their favourite.

The celeb with the most votes will go straight through to the final later this month while the judges will pick their favourite from the two runners up to join them.

Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief airs tonight at 6:45PM.

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