One Direction will face competition from rival man band No Direction in tonight’s Comic Relief extravaganza.
Comedians Jack Dee (Louis Tomlinson), Nick Helm (Zayn Malik), Vic Reeves (Harry Styles), Patrick Kielty (Niall Horan) and Johnny Vegas (Liam Payne) will take to the stage for a one night only.
They will be belting out a performance of the boy band’s hit ‘Best Song Ever’ at the London Palladium as part of the Comic Relief – Face the Funny line up.
Having put in the rehearsal hours, expectations are high for the new band to wow the audience with their complex dance moves and harmonious vocals.
Johnny Vegas embraced the reality TV-origins of his tribute act and acknowledged the uphill struggle the newly formed act faces.
He said: “The best part about being in No Direction is my fellow band members. Each one of us pushes the other to go that extra mile, because we all really want this.”
Bandmember Vic Reeves agreed, he said: “We’ve all been rehearsing, singing and dancing. I can confirm that we are all born to do it.”
Jack Dee has also shared his excitement at the performance tonight saying: “I’m most looking forward to expressing myself through the medium of dance and music.”
In previous years, other celebrities have formed tribute acts to raise money for the charity.
In 2011 Fake That, Catherine Tate, John Bishop, Alan Carr, James Corden and David Walliams recorded a video for ‘Happy Now’.
However, most famously Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Lulu, Kathy Burke and Llewella Gideon formed the Sugar Lumps and partnered with the Spice Girls to record the official ‘Who do you think you are video’ back in 1997.
Every two years, Comic Relief combines the opportunity to do something funny to raise money and awareness to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people living tough lives at home in the UK and abroad.
The performance is just one part of an unmissable evening of entertainment hosted by a line up of TV favourites including Davina McCall, Claudia Winkleman, Russell Brand and of course, Lenny Henry on BBC One from 7pm.