Children In Need 2020 kicks off on BBC One

Children In Need 2020: Alex Scott looks sensational in an LBD during first virtual version of the BBC One show as she reveals to a STUNNED Joe Wicks that his 24 hour challenge raised over £2.2 MILLION

  • The former Strictly star, 36, hosted the show with Chris Ramsey, 34, Mel Giedroyc, 52, and Stephen Mangan for its 40th year
  • When he discovered how much he raised, Joe said: ‘That is incredible. I can’t believe… times are tough and people have been so generous’
  • The Body Coach star admitted he ‘didn’t know how’ he got through the experience and confessed he felt as though he’d been out partying for days
  • Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall also appeared on the show, but their bandmate Jesy Nelson didn’t take part alongside them due to illness

2020 marks the 40th year of the charity’s fundraising efforts. 

And, on Friday night Alex Scott, 36, looked sensational in a little black dress to host the first ever virtual version of Children In Need on BBC One.

During an exciting moment, the former Strictly star revealed to a stunned Joe Wicks that his 24 hour challenge raised over £2.1 million, later in the show it was revealed the number had risen to £2,248,479.  

Gorgeous: On Friday night Alex Scott, 36, looked sensational in a little black dress as joined Chris Ramsey, 34, Mel Giedroyc, 52, and Stephen Mangan, 52, to host Children In Need on BBC One on Saturday

Alex oozed elegance in her A-symmetric frock, which boasted a pretty ruffled hemline, and boosted her height with strappy stilettos.

The Strictly star styled her raven tresses into a slick-back ponytail, and used long, straight hair extensions to add an extra dose of glamour. 

In an exciting moment, Joe Wicks came on to the show discuss his epic 24 hour PE challenge, and was there was in was revealed that he raised over £2.1million for Children In Need.

‘That is incredible. I can’t believe… times are tough and people have been so generous. To raise 2 million is so much money and it’s going to help so many children so thank you to everyone that helped!’ enthused Joe.   

OMG! During an exciting moment, the former Strictly star revealed to a STUNNED Joe Wicks that his 24 hour challenge raised over £2.1 MILLION


Amazing: ‘That is incredible. I can’t believe… times are tough and people have been so generous. To raise 2 million is so much money and it’s going to help so many children so thank you to everyone that helped!’ enthused Joe

Incredible achievement: Children In Need announced Joe raised £2,108,29 and he said in shock: ‘wow that’s a lot’


Struggle: Of the challenge, Joe admitted: ‘It’s been the longest day and night of my life. I’ve only had 2.5 hours sleep today, so I’m going to sleep all day. You know you have that adrenaline running through your body still, so I’m so exhausted’

The Body Coach star admitted he ‘didn’t know how’ he got through the experience and confessed he felt as though he’d been out partying for days.

He said: ‘I honestly don’t know how I did it. It’s been the longest day and night of my life. I’ve only had 2.5 hours sleep today, so I’m going to sleep all day. You know you have that adrenaline running through your body still, so I’m so exhausted. 

‘My body aches, my bum, my legs, my feet. Everything. I’m so proud of what we’ve done. We’ve come together. People have been so kind and generous and raised money through that challenge.

‘This is not just about me exercising. We’ve bought millions of kids together exercising. Being inspired by fitness. Changing their mindsets, and raising money for such an amazing charity.

‘I don’t know how I got through it, but it was all the lovely guests, all the DMs and tweets that came through. The support. The music got me through it, the messages. I feel so disoriented. Feel like I’ve been out partying for two days!’ 

Hosts with the most! The former footballer, the comedian, the presenter and the Green Wing actor were glammed up to the nines for the night of fundraising

Dapper: Comedian Chris looked dapper in a black suit and crisp white shirt, tying everything together with a black tie

Explaining that during the early hours of the morning, Joe revealed how much he struggled.

He admitted: ‘My lower back was so tight. i thought I’m not going to get through it. But Dr Greg was there to help me. Clicking my back and giving me foot rubs. It was a team effort and everyone who arranged it – it was an amazing effort.’

After his phenomenal amount was unveiled, Joe was awarded with a gold Blue Peter badge for his efforts during lockdown.  

Blue Peter’s Lindsay Russell walked on to give Joe a ‘surprise’ talks about his effort in lockdown doing the PE lessons.

She explained how a little girl called Nelly wrote in a letter to say that Joe’s online classes kept her family going through lockdown, and wanted him to be recognised in a special way

Joe was awarded a gold Blue Peter badge, with little Nelly coming onto the stage to give it to him.  

Glam: Mel added a pop of colour to her black trousers and sparkly black blouse with a pair of eye-catching hot pink heels

Comedian Chris looked dapper in a black suit and crisp white shirt, tying everything together with a black tie. 

Mel added a pop of colour to her black trousers and sparkly black blouse with a pair of eye-catching hot pink heels.    

Stephen open for more casual attire, opting to forgo wearing a tie in favour of an open-collared pink shirt beneath a navy suit.  

Alex was joined Chris Ramsey, 34, Mel Giedroyc, 52, and Stephen Mangan, 52, to take turns presenting different segments.

The former footballer, the comedian, the presenter and the Green Wing actor were glammed up to the nines for the night of fundraising.    

The evening kicked off with a special performance from Kids Bop who took viewers through decades of hit songs. 

Next up, Diddy TV (presenters Dick and Dom) interviewed three members of Little Mix, who were transformed into miniature versions of themselves with the help of puppets.

Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall placed their heads above tiny puppets with the arms used without their control, and their voices distorted to sound incredibly high-pitched, resulting in utter hilarity.

Jesy Nelson didn’t appear alongside her bandmates, after she was recently forced to pull out of co-hosting the EMA’s due to illness.

Easy breezy: Stephen open for more casual attire, opting to forgo wearing a tie in favour of an open-collared pink shirt beneath a navy suit

Kylie Minogue and Cher joined a host of stars who recorded a cover of Oasis hit ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out!’ for Children In Need.

Joining the pair on the track are Bryan Adams, Izzy Bizu, Clean Bandit, Mel C, Jamie Cullum, Ella Eyre, Paloma Faith, Rebecca Ferguson, Jess Glynne and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. 

Rounding out the line-up are Lenny Kravitz, KSI, Lauv, Ava Max, James Morrison, Gregory Porter, Nile Rodgers, Jack Savoretti, Jay Sean, Anoushka Shankar, Robbie Williams and Yola. 

Paloma and Nile appeared live via Zoom to chat about their excitement to see the Children In Need music video for the first time.

Diddy TV: Next up, Diddy TV (presenters Dick and Dom) interviewed three members of Little Mix, who were transformed into miniature versions of themselves with the help of puppets

Paloma enthused of the charity’s work: ‘It’s super important. Even more so now, because I’m a parent, and one on the way, and I just feel is much compassion and empathy for what those children are going through.’

Continuing her emotional speech, Paloma said:  ‘Those kids are heroes. They are so inspiring. This charity really promotes that heroism!’ but was awkwardly cut off by presenter Chris who wanted to give Nile some airtime.

Nile added of his involvement in the charity: ‘It touches your heart. It inspired you to be better yourself.’

So funny! Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall placed their heads above tiny puppets with the arms used without their control, resulting in utter hilarity

Excited! Paloma Faith and Nile Rodgers appeared live via Zoom to chat about their excitement to see the Children In Need music video for the first time

Marcus Rashford appeared on the show to discuss children going hungry with the lack of free school meals following the government’s decision to vote against the extension of them.

Having experience it himself, he explained: ‘As a kid I just learned to appreciate the days I did have food, and in the nights when I didn’t I would just go to sleep so I didn’t have to think about it. 

‘To go to sleep hungry isn’t a nice feeling, at the moment I see a lot of families that are really struggling I think some people don’t want to believe that is happening but there are a lot of children that are suffering we have to protect our kids, because that’s the country.’

Shawn Mendes also appeared on the show to perform one of his songs, which he filmed in an empty studio.

In an amusing skit filmed before the coronavirus pandemic, Andy Murray and Peter Crouch went head-to-head in a game of Paddle Tennis, with the latter causing hilarity when he started cheating on the advice of Tim Henman. 

Earlier in the show, host Alex then announced that Noel Gallagher has donated his Stop Crying Your Heart out single presentation plaque to Children In Need. 

Pop stars Cher, Kylie Minogue, Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams, Paloma, and a slew of other stars performed the song in a special pre-recorded performance that wowed viewers.

Awkward! Paloma enthused of the charity’s work but was awkwardly cut off by presenter Chris who wanted to give Nile some airtime


Candid: Marcus Rashford appeared on the show to discuss children going hungry with the lack of free school meals following the government’s decision to vote against the extension of them

Star power: Shawn Mendes also appeared on the show to perform one of his songs, which he filmed in an empty studio

BBC Children in Need exists to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Since its first major Appeal in 1980 BBC Children in Need has raised over £1 billion, and is currently supporting over 3000 local charities and projects in communities across the UK

These charities help children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. 

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