I was in tears before live show, says Fame Academy's Kwame

Outrageous comic Ruby Wax and Casualty actor Will Mellor will go head to head in the final of Celebrity Fame Academy tonight.

Outrageous comic Ruby Wax and Casualty actor Will Mellor will go head to head in the final of Celebrity Fame Academy tonight.

Will’s co-star in Casualty, Kwame Kwei-Armah, described the show as “truly wonderful” after he was voted off last night.

He said one of his best memories was performing as Kool and the Gang earlier in the week.

“I walked out and I was Kool And The Gang,” he said. “I was ready to rock and then I saw my family and started to cry.

“I said, ‘Come on Kwame’, and then told Ruby that I was going to go.

“She pinched my arse and said, "Remember your stamina".”

Will won the public vote last night to be first through to the final.

That left all the Academy’s people, including Will, to decide on whether Ruby or Kwame should go through.

Only Will voted for Kwame – the rest picked the American as the show’s unlikely other finalist.

The final will be broadcast on BBC1 tonight as part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose night.

Kwame, after being booted off the show, told journalists at a press conference about the fund-raising aspect of taking part.

He said: “When I return to the motherland, I can say I have contributed and how wonderful is that?

“I don’t know how famous I am now. We have just been confined – I have no idea.”

Kwame went on: “I try to prepare my mind and I don’t know what it’s going to be like.”

Other japes on Red Nose night will include the inhabitants of Albert Square taking part in an EastEnders spoof while Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders send up Harry Potter.

It’s judgment day for the stars of Celebrity Driving School as the famous learner drivers – including Gareth Gates, Jade Goody and Paul O’Grady – receive the results of their tests live on air.

Comic Jack Dee will take his life into his hands in a David Blaine-style stunt by balancing on top of a 50-foot high pole outside London’s BBC Television Centre – despite suffering from vertigo.

Angus Deayton hosts a celebrity University Challenge in which a team of graduates (Stephen Fry, Clive Anderson, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner) take on a team of non-graduates (Johnny Vaughan, Danny Baker, Jeremy Beadle and Gina Yashere).

Lenny Henry and Rowan Atkinson impersonate Michael Jackson and Martin Bashir, while Ricky Gervais gives boy band Blue some singing tips.

Davina McCall will present a special edition of dating show Streetmate in which she tries to find a perfect match for SM:TV presenter Brian Dowling and former Spice Girl Emma Bunton.

A Blankety Blank special will feature comedians impersonating stars of yesteryear, including The Office’s Martin Freeman as Johnny Rotten and cult comic Matt Lucas as Su Pollard.

And Doon Mackichan, fresh from her stint on Celebrity Fame Academy, bares all as Lady Godiva, riding across London’s Clapham Common with Richard E Grant in hot pursuit.

Red Nose Night begins at 7pm on BBC1 and will be hosted by a string of stars including Ant and Dec, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton.

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