Children in Need: £39m raised at BBC charity show

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Jimmy Carr and Amanda Holden were judges at the lip-sync contest I Can See Your Voice. Paddy McGuinness presented it.

More than £39m was raised by the end of this year’s BBC Children in Need live show, which featured appearances from Ed Sheeran, Graham Norton and Abba.

While singer Sheeran performed his single Overpass Graffiti while Norton took part with Pudsey in skits.

You could also find special editions for The Wall, The Repair Shop, the lip sync challenge I Can See Your Voice as well, along with several sketches.

BBC Studios, Salford hosted the fundraising event for the first-time.

The total amount pledged by the time the show came off on BBC One was £39,389,048.

For the 41st annual fundraiser show, Norton hosted alongside Mel Giedroyc (Ade Adepitan), Chris Ramsey, Alex Scott and Chris Ramsey.

Shaun Ryder (from Manchester) and Bez (from Manchester), joined Manchester United footballer Harry Maguire for a sketch in preparation for Pudsey’s appearance at the show.

James Bond fashion, the yellow bear arrived in style at the studio pulling up in speedboats to the 007 theme music.

A second sketch shows Olympic and Team GB stars Max Whitlock and Claire Balding joining Claire Balding at Claire Balding’s sports day. Whitlock is disqualified in the egg and spoon races for glue use.

Anne-Marie Horan and Niall Horan also performed a Fleetwood Mac version of Everywhere, which was this year’s Children in Need official single.

Danny Dyer also presented an edition of BBC One’s The Wall with CBBC stars Sam & Mark answering questions to earn cash for charity.

Jay Blades, Amanda Middleditch, and Julie Tatchell, both repair professionals, helped to restore Henry the teddy bear for Billy Matthews, 13, in The Repair Shop’s charity edition.

Paddy McGuinness, Alison Hammond, Amanda Holden, and Jimmy Carr hosted I Can See Your Voice’s lip sync contest. BBC presenters also took part.

The show ended with Mike Bushell, BBC Breakfast’s sport presenter singing an awful version of Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia.

The nation’s most beloved puppets, as well as classic TV children’s favorites, performed better voices.

Abba shared their support of Pudsey in an encouraging video, asking people to participate in a contest to watch their show. All proceeds will go to Children in Need.

Ahead of this year’s show, BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans made Children in Need history after his drumathon became the charity’s most successful 24-hour challenge, making more than £3m.

Presenter Matt Baker and his team of five young people also raised more than £2m this week by cycling 142 miles across the UK, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor pulled in more than £1m through her 24-hour dance challenge.

Last year’s on-the-night total reached more than £37million, later growing to £57m.

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