The biggest names in the British music scene joined forces for the BBC’s fundraiser Big Night In on Thursday to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Dua Lipa led the singers in a passionate performance of Foo Fighters’ 2003 classic Times Like These as part of Radio 1’s largest Live Lounge with lead singer Dave Grohl and other pop princesses Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding.
The special event, hosted by Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuinness and Matt Baker, was organized as part of a joint effort by Comic Relief and Children in Need to raise funds for charity in context of the global crisis.
Leader: Dua Lipa presented a passionate performance of Foo Fighters classic Times Like These on Thursday as part of BBC Radio 1’s largest live show for fundraiser Big Night In on Thursday.
Artist One Kiss Dua, 24, wrapped up the lyrics for the song by the American rock band, which was originally released as part of their fourth studio album, One by One.
By applying free makeup for her sleek appearance, the singer recorded her set from home, while the singer from Hot Right Now Rita, 29, performed in a studio room, and singer Starry Eyed Ellie, 33, took his guitar.
The main women were also joined by artists Mabel, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne, Sean Paul, Hailee Steinfeld, Rag’n’Bone Man, AJ Tracey, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Anne-Marie, Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood , YUNGBLUD and Zara Larsson, with the sensational ensemble completed by Chris Martin of Coldplay.
After the Singalong epic, Dua stressed the importance of “connecting with friends and family” in the midst of the nation’s foreclosure.
Star-studded: Hot Right Now, hitmaker Rita Ora, 29, performed in a studio room, and Starry Eyed singer Ellie Goulding, 33, took up her guitar
Special moment: UK net profits from charity single will be combined with all funds raised by The Big Night In and split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief (Mabel is pictured singing while cradling her pet dog)
The New Rules singer said to host Zoe: “First of all, this is such an incredible song. It was important to connect with friends and family.
“This way it was so special to see so many artists come together and make it seem so fluid, like we were in the same room. Everyone is working so hard to want to create something so special, it’s amazing.
Dave, 51, shared his joy at being approached for the window, revealing, “Well, I had very little to do with it, I received a few weeks ago that the BBC wanted to mount this project.
“I was so flattered that they used one of our songs and got together with these artists, I was so moved. It’s one of the greatest musical moments of my life. I wrote it at a strange time in my life, when I was afraid but hopeful. It’s huge for me.
The Stay Home Live Lounge was produced by award-winning Grammy producer and Ivor Novello Fraser T. Smith, who is renowned for his work with Stormzy, Adele and many others, and has seven # 1 British singles and 18 # albums. 1 among his achievements.
Epic: Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl (pictured right) took center stage for the performance, which he described as “emotional.”
Wide range: Mike Kerr of Royal Blood (L) and YUNGBLUD (R) also participated in the powerful performance
Norwegian singer Sigrid joined some of the biggest names on the British music scene
Making history: Dermot Kennedy, Grace Carter, Dan Smith de Bastille and Ellie (four main) seduced by their incredible voice
Striking variety: AJ Tracey (L) delivered an optimistic rap, while Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro (R) held his helmet while encircling the lyrics
Appearance on List A: The sensational ensemble was completed by Chris Martin of Coldplay, who recorded the song from his home studio
UK net profit from charity single will be combined with all funds raised by The Big Night In and shared equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds in the UK Kingdom which will be considerably impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The net international profits will go to the WHO COVID-19-Solidarity Response Fund.
Award-winning singer Sam Smith kicked off performances for the night at his 12 million pound mansion in north London with an emotional rendition of their hit single, Lay Me Down.
The 27-year-old artist stood in front of their bookshelf as they displayed their stellar song in the name of fighting COVID-19.
The media personality appeared effortlessly cool in a loose white shirt, paired with a selection of gold jewelry for their reduced set.
“It’s amazing”: following the Singalong epic, the singer of New Rules stressed the importance of “connecting with friends and family” in the midst of the nation’s lockdown
“I was so flattered that they would use one of our songs: rock star Dave, 51, shared his joy at being approached to appear in the window
Gary Barlow concluded the program with a starred version of his 2012 charity single, Sing. Take That musician, 49, stunned fans with his heartbreaking performance, joined by former X Factor co-judge Nicole Scherzinger, ex-One Direction singer Liam Payne and opera star Katherine Jenkins.
Leona Lewis, screenwriter Danny O’Donoghue, Beverley Knight, Shaggy, Olly Murs and Jason Donovan completed the program for the choir-inspired ensemble.
The show also saw humorous sketches of David Walliams and Matt Lucas of Little Britain, the first in more than a decade.
The beloved sketch show first started as a radio show in 2000 before going on screen in 2003 for three seasons until 2005.
Great cause: award-winning singer Sam Smith kicked off the performance of his 12 million-pound mansion in north London with an emotional rendition of his hit single, Lay Me Down
In the area: The artist, 27, stood in front of his library as they highlighted their stellar voices to raise money for the fight against COVID-19
In good company: The media personality played with a pianist, who seemed to take the keys in a studio for the single, which initially dropped in February 2013, before being reissued in February 2015.
Powerhouse: soul singer Celeste captivated viewers with her version of Bill Withers’ Lean On Me
The couple got together for a few charity specials, the last of which was in 2009, as well as a Brexit-themed episode on BBC Radio 4 last October.
The series won over a legion of comedy fans with its line of wacky characters, including delinquent teen Vicky Pollard, Fatfighters Marjorie Dawes and Job Center worker Carol Beer, who delivered the iconic slogan “computer says no” “
In January of this year, David confirmed that there would “certainly” be more Little Britain and revealed that they had had discussions with Netflix.
Dawn French also resumed her iconic role as Reverend Geraldine Granger (later Kennedy) after five years. The iconic sitcom operated from 1994 before ending in 2000.
However, the characters returned several times, notably for the 10th and 20th anniversaries of the series as well as for Comic Relief – the last appearance having taken place in 2015.
Emotional end: Gary Barlow concluded the program with a star-studded version of his 2012 charity single, Sing (his former X Factor co-judge Nicole Scherzinger in the photo on the right)
Different look: Liam Payne, singer of ex-One Direction, sported a shaved appearance while participating in the project
Attention: Musician Leona Lewis (left) and opera star Katherine Jenkins (right) were also featured in the program.
Peter Kay’s The performance was his first return to television since 2017, when his Car Share sitcom ended.
His performance (Is This The Way To) Amarillo also marked 15 years since his first release from the original hit. In 2005, the song spent seven weeks at number one, raising funds for Comic Relief.
The original video featured Peter Kay walking directly towards the camera on a treadmill, joined by celebrities such as Brian May, Ronnie Corbett, Michael Parkinson and Mr. Blobby.
Leading the doctor’s previous incarnation, Jodie Whittaker, who became the very first female doctor when she took over the role in 2018.
Doctors of the Classic Era Tom Baker (who played the doctor from 1974 to 1981), Peter Davison (1981 to 1984), Colin Baker (1984 to 1986), Sylvester McCoy (1987 to 1989) and Paul McGann (1996) also appeared in the video.
Iconics: Danny O’Donoghue’s appearances from script (top left), Shaggy (second top left), composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (second top right), Olly Murs (second line, right) and Jason Donovan ( second bottom) right fans happy
David Tennant, who played The Doctor from 2005 to 2010, also appeared, as did Matt Smith, who succeeded Tennant from 2010 to 2013.
Peter Capaldi (2014 to 2017) and Jo Martin, who made history as the show’s very first black doctor in his 12th series this year, round out the stars.
Fans who are not familiar with the Doctors collaboration, just like David and Matt appearing together in the 50th anniversary special, the episode also featured a surprise cameo from Tom.
In 1983, The Five Doctors saw Peter Davison appear alongside Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and Richard Hurndall, who resumed the role of the first doctor after the death of William Hartnell.
More than £ 27 million was donated during the three-hour program, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing that the government would match the total.
Fortunately for one! Elsewhere in the show, Little Mix (L-R: Jade Thirlwall and Jesy Nelson) announced a fun competition, which will give the winner the opportunity to watch their next show, The Search
Delay: the group’s series of competitions was due to be broadcast in April, but was postponed due to the pandemic (Jesy and Jade pictured with Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock)