Sophie Ellis-Bextor gave some insight into the essential advice she received from some fellow famous faces ahead of her exhausting Children in Need challenge.
The pop star started her charity kitchen disco on Tuesday morning, where she’s being joined throughout by friends, family and some of Radio 2’s most-loved names.
Sophie’s been getting her sequinned outfits and glitter to get her groove on for her 24-hour challenge, which sees her attempt to dance for, you guessed it, 24 full hours.
It comes after she spent lockdown entertaining members of the public with Sophie’s Kitchen Disco sessions where she was often joined by her children for the live-streamed events.
But how does someone prepare for having to move pretty much non-stop for 24 hours? Well, radio pals Claudia Winkleman and Dermot O’Leary were on hand to give her some advice.
The pair have both taken on similar challenges in the past, with Sophie telling Metro.co.uk: ‘Yeah, I’ve spoken to all of them and I also spoke to Dermot, Dermot O Leary who actually did the first one [of the 24-hour challenges].
‘So yeah, I’ve had lots of advice and actually Dermot and Claudia, particularly.’
She revealed the slightly ominous words of wisdom they gave her, sharing: ‘They were both like, “You cannot prepare for this. You just have to kind of get on with it.”
‘They both recommended eating a lot,’ she added.
Sophie’s friends will be popping in routinely during the event too, giving her some much-needed moral support and an energy boost.
‘My poor friends,’ she continued. ‘They’ve been given all the kind of one o’clock in the morning, five o’clock in the morning slots, so they’re going to join me with that – I think it’s going to be pretty crazy.
The Murder On The Dancefloor singer shared how she also spoke to Owain Wyn Evans, who completed a challenge of his own last week.
The BBC weatherman took part in a 24-hour Drumathon and told Sophie to just take the challenge ‘hour by hour.’
‘That is exactly my ploy,’ she continued. I mean, the biggest thing in my head really is just starting as I mean to go on, because you can’t speed it up by dancing bigger.
‘I think you’ve got to keep it varied, but also keep it relatively manageable. I think if I go full pelt, then I’ll crash and burn pretty quick. So yeah, I’m gonna start as I mean to go on!’
Sophie shared how she came to get her five children involved in the kitchen discos she ran via live-stream last year, and it’s incredibly lovely.
She added: ‘It was sweet actually because I never made my kids come, I just used to say, “Oh, we’re doing another disco this week. if you fancy it?”
‘Sometimes they don’t really decide they wanted to participate until five minutes before we went live and I because they’re only half an hour-long, if they didn’t want to, they could sit in the other room watching telly or something.
‘Luckily for me, they actually did want to do it and that that was really special. So, I loved that time, it was nice for all of us!’
Credit: Original article published here.