Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman say they will never dance again after danceathon

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman say they will never dance again after danceathon

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman promised to never dance again as they completed the longest danceathon in Red Nose Day history.

The pair clocked 24 hours and five minutes and raised £782,686 for Comic Relief as they were joined by guests including Jon Snow, Jeremy Vine and Mary Berry.

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The Strictly hosts will dance for more than 24 hours from Monday to raise money for Comic Relief.

The Strictly hosts will dance for more than 24 hours from Monday to raise money for Comic Relief.

The Strictly hosts will dance for more than 24 hours from Monday to raise money for Comic Relief.

File photo dated 22/1/2019 of Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (right) who will live up to their promise to "keep dancing" when they take on a special challenge for Comic Relief.
Claudia Winkleman (left), Stacey Dooley, and Tess Daly (right) with the award for best Talent Show in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 at Broadcasting House in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 28th, 2017
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman attending the Virgin TV British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman attending the Virgin TV British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday 30th August, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (left) attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (right) with the Best Entertainment Programme award for Strictly Come Dancing in the press room the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (right) with the Best Entertainment Programme award for Strictly Come Dancing in the press room the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman attending the afterparty of the BAFTA TV awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving for the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Tess Daly on Claudia Winkleman on stage during the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Claudia Winkleman, Brucy Forsyth and Tess Daly attending the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving for the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman arriving for the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
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The Strictly presenters hit the dancefloor at 7.15pm on Monday to Beyonce's Crazy In Love and finished at 8.20pm on Tuesday to the sound of Survivor by Destiny's Child, Beyonce's former girl group.

The One Show host Alex Jones cheered on the exhausted pair as they entered the final minute, breaking the news that they could now stop dancing.

Winkleman, apparently delirious, praised the viewers and guests who had motivated them before promising never to dance again, as feathers and confetti fell from the ceiling.

She said: "The listeners have been amazing and all the presenters have looked after us amazingly.

"We never want to dance again. Oh, I'm not doing Strictly, that's a ridiculous idea. I don't like movement."

Daly could only utter the words, "ah, my feet" as she sat down on the studio floor.

The duo were also joined by former Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls and his professional partner Katya Jones, who recreated their famous dance routine to Psy's Gangnam Style.

They were also joined by Vine for another performance to the catchy song.

The duo received support from family, such as Daly's husband Vernon Kay, and celebrity friends.

Former Bake Off star Berry treated the pair to chocolate cake in the studio, and comedian Susan Calman joined them on the dancefloor and showed off some of her best Strictly moves.

Angela Rippon passed on some words of wisdom from her own dancing days with Morecambe and Wise, while Jake Quickenden and the cast of Hair The Musical stopped by to dance Gangnam Style.

Choreographer Arlene Phillips also dropped by to give Daly and Winkleman some advice on keeping moving.

Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly (Comic Relief/PA)

The stars pledged to dance for more than 24 hours to raise cash for Comic Relief to support vulnerable people and communities both in the UK and around the world.

Fans wishing to show support can still donate. Text DANCE to 70210 to donate £10 or DANCE to 70220 to donate £20.

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