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Let's Dance for Sport Relief attracts 6.5 million

Tony Blackburn (left) and David Hamilton perform as Salt N Pepa
Image caption Veteran DJs Blackburn (left) and Hamilton missed out on the finals

The first heat of Let's Dance for Sport Relief has attracted 6.5 million viewers, overnight figures have shown.

The episode saw EastEnders double act Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett go straight to the final as Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

The figures mirror the opening show of the 2010 series, which saw comedian Rufus Hound win with his performance as Cheryl Cole.

Last year's Let's Dance for Comic Relief saw slightly higher figures.

The eventual winners were Charlie Baker and James Thornton for their performance to Puttin' On The Ritz by Fred Astaire. An audience of 7.4 million tuned in for the final of the series.

Also through to the final from last night's heat was comedian Terry Alderton, who danced to Proud Mary by Tina Turner and wore a short flapper-style dress and wig. He was sent through by judges Greg Davies and Keith Lemon.

Fellow judge Graham Norton plumped for veteran radio DJs Tony Blackburn and David Hamilton who were placed third in the public vote.

Also missing out on a place in the final were former Strictly Come Dancing winner and cricketer Darren Gough and Shooting Stars panellists Angelos Epithemiou and Ulrika Jonsson - who performed a tango.

Still to dance on the show are Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, singer Olly Murs, and comics Omid Djalili and Rowland Rivron.

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