Sophie Ellis-Bextor is overcome with emotion as she finishes 24hr danceathon

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Photo credit: Stuart C. Wilson - Getty Images
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor was understandably overcome with emotion as she completed her 24hr Kitchen Disco Danceathon for Children in Need.

The 42-year-old singer – who has raised over £1million for the charity – spoke with BBC Breakfast on Wednesday (17 November) about how she was feeling and what spurred her on.

'You're going to think I'm really silly but seeing the highlights [of the challenge] is making me feel really weepy, because it's kind of made me realise what's been going on,' Sophie said. 'It's probably quite easy to make me cry at the moment.

'I'm actually feeling really good and in the last few hours, I've actually had in my head all the faces of all the people I've met and all the projects I've visited. When I was going around all the projects I didn't really know what impact it would have on me so I just think, I cannot complain... Because the money that this is raising is going to people who really need it, and I'm just dancing. So I'm here for it.'

The star – who started dancing at 09:26am on Tuesday (16 November) – was also hailed a hero by fans on social media for her incredible dedication to her Danceathon.

She was then joined by her family – musician husband Richard Jones and their children, Sonny, 17, Kit, 12, Ray, eight, Jesse, five, and two-year-old Mickey – on stage as she completed the challenge and was finally able to sit down.

Sophie's Kitchen Disco originally became a huge sensation during the lockdown of 2020, lifting people's spirits as they joined her, dancing and singing in their own kitchens across the UK. Sophie has also been hosting Kitchen Disco mixes on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

The challenge was streamed live on the BBC iPlayer, as Sophie danced along to her hand-picked tracks by Abba, Beyoncé, Take That and Bon Jovi.

Fans can donate to Sophie's Kitchen Disco online at BBC's Children in Need.

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Congrats, Sophie!

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