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Friday 15 December 2017

Cheryl makes first TV outing since Ashley split to help stars raise €32m for charity

Stars from sport, music and comedy have helped BBC Sport Relief raise more than £29m (€32m).

Cheryl Cole, David Beckham, Robbie Williams and JLS all performed during last night's TV marathon.

X Factor judge Cole -- making her first TV appearance since her split with husband Ashley -- was forced to watch comic Rufus Hound do a spoof of her Fight For This Love dance routine.

Viewers also saw injured footballer Beckham share a bath and a bed with Gavin And Stacey star James Corden.

The boys indulged in a spot of preening after Corden's character Smithy coached a series of top stars, including Andy Murray, Jenson Button and the Manchester United squad featuring Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.

The comedy routines were filmed before Beckham ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier this week, ruling him out of the World Cup.

Around £60,000 (€66,500) was also raised by viewers of The One Show wanting to see Adrian Chiles' beard shaved off.

His co-presenter, Christine Bleakley, who water-skied across the English Channel to raise money, smothered his face in cream before using clippers to remove his beard.

Cole congratulated Hound on his fundraising spoof, telling the bearded funnyman "it's like looking in a mirror" after he performed the routine.

Hound, who won this year's Let's Dance For Sport Relief with his impersonation of Cole, copied her military-themed outfit complete with trousers split at the side which showed off his legs.

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