Children in Need Rocks 2018 airs on BBC One tonight – here’s who’s on the line up and the songs they’re singing!
Presenters Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo and performers All Saints, George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Olly Murs, Tom Odell, Rita Ora and Sir Rod Stewart will take to the stage for a spectacular night of entertainment in Children in Need Rocks 2018 coming to BBC One, 15 November at 8.30pm
A glittering array of covers will feature as part of the concert, recorded on Wednesday 7 November at The SSE Arena, Wembley, including never-before-seen performances especially for Children in Need Rocks 2018.
The show will see stars perform current tracks as well as a surprising cover or one of their classic hits. Covers being featured include:
An exclusive performance by All Saints of The Police’s much-loved hit ‘Message In A Bottle’
Jess Glynne’s interpretation of soul music legend Otis Redding’s ‘Hard To Handle’, especially for Children in Need Rocks 2018
A re-imagination of George Michael’s iconic song ‘Freedom’, performed by Rita Ora
George Ezra will cover Rudimental’s 2018 hit ‘These Days’
Viewers will see Olly Murs cover Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ and ‘Rock Your Body’
Tom Odell will treat the audience to his version of ‘True Colours’ by Cyndi Lauper
Classic songs performed on the show will include Sir Rod Stewart’s ‘Maggie May’ and Nile Rodgers & CHIC’s ‘Le Freak’.
Speaking of the televised concert George Ezra said: “I hope people tune in and donate to Children in Need Rocks 2018, it’s all for a great cause.”
Speaking of her exclusive performance, Jess Glynne added: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Otis Redding and ‘Hard To Handle’ is one of my favourite songs. I don’t normally sing covers but I feel like this will be a fun one to sing!”
Commenting on the upcoming broadcast, Shaznay Lewis from All Saints, commented: “We can’t wait for viewers to see our cover of The Police’s ‘Message In A Bottle’ – Children in Need Rocks 2018 will be the first time we’ve ever performed it.
“We hope people across the UK are encouraged to tune in and help raise some money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.”
Olly Murs said “Children in Rocks 2018 is unmissable TV, a fantastic line-up all coming together to raise money to help support children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.”
Speaking of the show, Tom Odell raved: “I had such a great time performing at Children in Need Rocks in 2013 and I am so excited to be involved with Children in Need Rocks 2018 to help raise money for this special cause.”
Speaking on the night of live show Nile Rodgers concluded: “I feel amazing about being here for Children in Need Rocks 2018!”
BBC Children in Need is currently supporting 2,700 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.
As well as the music, the show will also share moving stories from some of the children and young people, who are experiencing disadvantage around the UK, and have been supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need, as the concert raises money for the good cause.
The year BBC Children in Need telethon will take place on Friday, November 16.