17 March 2007
We finally made it. Thirteen celebrity students, 11 days, three judges, untold rehearsals and all your votes have made this series of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy one number-busting success.
And now we're here, Red Nose Day, and it's an all female final! Tara and Tricia, best buddies in the Academy, are about to battle it out for the very last time to be crowned winner of this year's series.
So let's cut the chatter – and on with singing!
Stepping first onto the Comic Relief stage was Tricia. Choosing one of her favourites from the week she soared through If I Ain't Got You. "After a competent start it turned classy," said Richard, leading the judges' approval. "You've saved the best 'til last." "It's just thrilling, you give us such variety," agreed Lesley. And Craig thought the same. "I think you're absolutely fantastic. You have a magnificent voice." You can't argue with that.
Next, of course, was Tara. "Not in my wildest dreams," was her answer to Claudia when asked if she thought she'd ever make the final. But here she is. Looking fierce in bright red gloves and Red Nose Day boots, Tara tore through her final encore of These Boots Are Made For Walkin'. We're going to miss those heels.
Not surprisingly, the judges loved it. "From disaster to divine, you've never let us down with that number," grinned Craig. "You're warm, you're loving.. fantastic," added Lesley. And headteacher Richard predicted great things. "I think you've done enough to win."
The winner's up to you. But in our eyes Tricia, Tara and all the other celebrity students are winners already.
Let's hear it for Comic Relief Does Fame Academy!