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Rowland Rivron wins Let's Dance for Sport Relief

Rowland Rivron on Let's Dance for Sport Relief
Image caption Rivron beat finalists including Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards and Omid Djalili

Comedian Rowland Rivron has won the Let's Dance for Sport Relief title with his routine performed to Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice.

Rivron, who appeared on sketch show French and Saunders as half of musical duo Raw Sex, replicated moves danced by Christopher Walken in the song's video.

Panellist and Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips said he had style dripping off him "like molten lava".

Previous winners include Robert Webb, in 2009, and Rufus Hound, in 2010.

Comedians Charlie Baker, together with his friend and former Emmerdale actor James Thornton, won last year's competition with their performance to Fred Astaire's Puttin' on the Ritz.

Phillips's fellow judge, Frank Skinner, said the message to be taken from 52-year-old Rivron's performance was "don't be afraid of middle age - it can be very beautiful".

Image caption Rivron and Simon Brint appeared as musical duo Duane and Ken Bishop in French and Saunders

Rivron beat finalists including ski jumper Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, dancing to Soul Bossa Nova from the Austin Powers films, and Fatima Whitbread, performing to the Bee Gees' You Should Be Dancing.

Comedians Terry Alderton, Miles Jupp and Omid Djalili were also contenders in the final of the audience-voted competition.

Acting double acts Tyger Drew-Honey and Dani Harmer, from Outnumbered and The Story of Tracy Beaker respectively, and EastEnders pair Laurie Brett and Tameka Empson were also in the running.

Katy Perry and JLS both performed on the show, fronted by One Show host Alex Jones and former US X Factor presenter Steve Jones.

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