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Sam and Mark share their Glee over Comic Relief

Students from Townley Grammar on the phone
Sam and Mark chatted to the Townley Grammar School students over the phone

School Reporters from Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath made the most of their chance to interview CBBC presenters Sam and Mark about their new Comic Relief show.

Reporters Georgia, Gloria, Bobbie, Chloe, Emily and Britney grilled the presenters by telephone about their upcoming programme, Comic Relief Does Glee Club, which starts on Monday 14 March on BBC One.

Nerves were jangling as the School Reporters waited for the phone to ring, with Gloria, 11, describing it as "a once in a lifetime opportunity".

Moments later. Sam and Mark, from CBBC, Comic Relief and Pop Idol fame were actually on the phone, and the students were beaming from ear to ear - and keen to get on with the interview.

Is it easy to present the programme, and do you make it up as you go along?
Emily, 12

Georgia, 11, opened the questions by asking about their new programme.

They were told that Comic Relief Does Glee Club viewers will see how 18 lucky music groups were put through their paces by top professional vocal coaches Carrie and David Grant and choreographer Sisco Gomez.

Nine finalists will make it through to the live heats, which take place from Tuesday 15 March to Thursday 17 March.

The programme will climax in a live final on BBC One on Red Nose Day, Friday 18 March where viewers will choose which group should be crowned as the 2011 winners of Comic Relief Does Glee Club.

Next Gloria asked what inspired the presenters to get involved with Comic Relief.

Mark said that, having grown up watching Comic Relief, they realised what a great charity it is, as it raises awareness of issues but in a fun way. Sam added that last year they had visited a Comic Relief project in Tanzania which helped them understand how important the work of Comic Relief is.

Sam and Mark
Sam and Mark have plenty of experience of singing

In her research Bobbie, 11, found that the boys had begun their TV career by appearing as contestants on Pop Idol. She asked if this meant they had any tips for the Glee Club performers.

"Good question!" they replied. Mark said that the contestants should listen to the constructive criticism given by the judges, and Sam added that they should just enjoy it.

Emily, 12, then made them both laugh by asking: "Is it easy to present the programme, and do you make it up as you go along?" Sam and Mark said that you would think that sometimes!

They added that they would probably have a script for Glee Club but that on TMI they just "mess about"!

Chloe, 12, asked a tricky question about their favourite judge. Diplomatically Sam mentioned David and Carrie, and Mark said he was looking forward to the celebrity judges Alesha Dixon and Mel C from the Spice Girls.

You could tell that it was definitely them by their accents!
Gloria, 11

Britney, 11, on the hunt for exclusives, wanted to know if the boys had any secrets they could share? Sam and Mark revealed that The Wanted were going to appear in the Live Final on Friday 18 March, to gasps of excitement from the reporters!

The interview ended with the girls delivering a final message to Mark, who they discovered had recently become engaged. "Congratulations!" they all shouted, and were thrilled to hear an "ahhhhh" from Mark in reply!

What an excellent experience for the budding School Reporters, who got to practise their interviewing skills with real celebrities.

Chloe said: "They were funny and also polite, they said hello to us all" and Gloria added: "We could tell it was definitely them by their accents!"

There will be six happy School Reporters tuning in to Comic Relief Does Glee Club all week.


Comic Relief Does Glee Club begins on Monday 14th March at 1715 GMT on BBC One.



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