Fame Academy


*Tara Palmer-Tomkinson won Fame Academy in 2007*Comic Relief Does Fame Academy is back with a new bunch of eager celebrities set to sing their hearts out in a bid to earn viewers'votes and cash for Comic Relief. Patrick Kielty will resume presenting duties, this time alongside Claudia Winkleman, who moves over from BBC3. As in previous years, the celebrity students will be put through their paces by vocal coaches Carrie and David Grant, and choreographer Kevin Adams. And, once again, tough-talking headmaster Richard Park and fellow judges Lesley Garrett and Craig Revel Horwood will provide their verdict on the live performances. Launching in 2003 as a spin-off from the original Fame Academy series, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy has been a massive hit with viewers, and the third outing looks certain to provide as many classic cringe-worthy moments. Former Hollyoaks hunk Will Mellor became the star pupil of the first series in 2003, while Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman came top of the class in 2005.WHO WILL WIN THIS YEAR? MEET THE CLASS OF 2007(from left to right:)

Ray Stubbs
Most famous for:Presenting the BBC's Match Of The DayRay says:"The only singing I've done was at Euro 2004, in a bar in Lisbon with Peter Reid."

Tim Vine
Most famous for:Being a stand-up comedianTim says:"Well, it IS a singing competition so I'll be doing my best to sing... and see what happens."

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Most famous for:Being an It girlTara says:"The whole getting up in the morning thing will be really hard - my day usually starts at 2pm!"

Miranda Hart
Most famous for:Starring in the surreal sitcom Nighty NightMiranda says:"I'm hoping that Nick Frost and Catherine Tate might pop down and see me."

Angellica Bell
Most famous for:Fronting CBBCAngellica says:"It's a chance for me to get glammed up and pretend I'm Beyonce. And it's a great way to raise money for charity."

Zoe Salmon
Most famous for:Presenting long-running kids'show Blue PeterZoe says:"I've always been such a huge fan of Fame Academy so it's a dream come true to actually be a part of it."

Shaun Williamson
Most famous for:Being Barry'off'EastEnders and, er, Barry'off'ExtrasShaun says:"I don't know if Ricky Gervais will come and see me. He is a fan of these kinds of shows. We'll see if he likes me or not."

Colin Murray
Most famous for:Being Radio 1's quirky Irish DJ - and pal of past FA winner Edith BowmanColin says:"I won't live up to the challenge set by Edith - the bar's too high!"

Trisha Penrose
Most famous for:Playing Gina Ward in HeartbeatTrisha says:"The pressure's on me to remember the words AND the dance steps. I hate dancing."

Fred MacAuley
Most famous for:Being BBC Radio Scotland's resident funnymanFred says:"Everyone's already out of their comfort zone, but I've just made the decision to go for it."

Mel Giedroyc
Most famous for:Being one half of comic duo Mel and Sue with Sue PerkinsMel says:"I just can't wait to get some kip. This is a mini break when you've got two kids quite frankly."

Rowland Rivron
Most famous for:Being something of a reality TV regularRowland says:"I'll have a different prop for each song. I've lined up enough to take me through to the final."

Linda Robson
Most famous for:Starring in classic 90s sitcom Birds Of A FeatherLinda says:"I'm excited but nervous. Most people want to show their voice off - I want to hide mine."


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