From EastEnders to Elton John… Danny-Boy Hatchard on singing tonight for Comic Relief

Danny-Boy Hatchard
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Danny-Boy Hatchard talks about his performance in tonight’s Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief – and about returning to EastEnders

Former EastEnders actor Danny-Boy Hatchard says viewers should watch Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway “later” tonight and tune in to watch Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief instead.

Ant and Dec’s popular ITV variety show will be going head to head with the BBC’s celebrity talent show in aid of Comic Relief.

Danny, 25, will be taking to the stage in tonight’s second episode of the competition, which is fronted by former Great British Bake Off hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

He will perform Elton John’s 1983 hit I’m Still Standing and will compete against ITV game show brain boxes from The Chase, group Boys Aloud (consisting of Blue’s Duncan James, S Club 7′s Jon Lee, Five′s Ritchie Neville, Ben Ofoedu of Phats and Small and singer Gareth Gates), cast members from Holby City and Casualty, and former Strictly Come Dancing pros James and Ola Jordan.

The Chase

The Chase team are also singing and dancing for Comic Relief

Danny said: “I thought Elton would be great because everybody knows Elton John and this song in particular that I picked is also quite current because it’s in the new movie Sing, so that would make it quite relevant to the younger generation if they didn’t know who Elton John was.

“There are probably aliens out there that know who Elton John is (though), I don’t think there’s anyone on the planet who doesn’t know who he is.”

The actor said he signed up to do the singing spectacular “because mainly it’s for such a fantastic cause and you get to raise as much money as we can, but it’s also a lot of fun”.

Viewers recently said goodbye to Danny’s EastEnders character Lee Carter.


Lee Carter had a heart-to-heart with dad Mick before leaving Albert Square

In December Danny spoke about taking on a hard-hitting storyline which saw Lee pushed to the brink of suicide in the run-up to his exit from the show.

He has, however, not ruled out a return to Albert Square at some stage in the future.

He said: “I have a very, very special place in my heart for Lee, you know, I helped create this character who, bless him, didn’t have it very easy.

“Now he’s gone away, well, it is strongly insinuated he’s gone away to get better. If he comes back, whether it’s with me or another actor, I hope he does come back happier and finds himself.

“Of course you know, it all depends on what I’m doing and whether EastEnders would want me back. I would always strongly consider coming back because I loved it there. I love my on-screen family like they are my own family. It depends on how things work out, you never know really, so never say never really.”

Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief

Sue and Mel host the Comic Relief contest

His singing stint on Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief is not his first one, as he recently performed a medley of Frank Sinatra’s hits at a one-off event.

“I like a good sing song every now and then,” he said, explaining: “But I’m not pursuing a career in singing. I did a gig not too long ago and here’s why…

“The soap world is busy and you are working every day you know, loads of pages of dialogue to learn and it works at an incredible pace, so to then just stop can be a bit of a shock to the system.

“So I thought it would be wise to maybe do something outside to help soften the blow a bit and help keep me occupied for when I finished the show. That’s the only reason I did it. I’m not pursing a career in music. I’m an actor I’ll always be an actor.”

Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief, BBC1 tonight, 6.45pm.

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