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  Inside Celebrity Fame Academy
Updated 03 March 2003, 17.06

By Katie Hamilton
CBBC Newsround at the Academy

I was one of the lucky reporters invited to the Academy to find out which stars have the guts to sing and dance their way into Celebrity Fame Academy for Comic Relief.

Fact File
Star students
1. Fearne Cotton
2. Will Mellor
3. Ulrika Jonsson
4. John Thomson
5. Jo Brand
6. Kwame Kwei-Armah
7. Paul Ross
8. Ruby Wax
9. Mystery student
The familiar Fame Academy tutors Carrie and Jeremy unveiled the celebrity students as they took to the stage one by one to face the paparazzi.

Most of the stars were decked out in red comic relief t-shirts, they'd all customised their hair and the outrageous comedian Ruby Wax was sporting a glam red feather boa.

But can they sing?

After much posing and nervous laughter from the new recruits it was question time in the press tent.

Fearne tries to win your votes
Fearne tries to win your votes
The burning issue was exactly what kind of singing and dancing these celebs had done before.

It ranged from CBBC presenter Fearne who's been singing and dancing since she was a nipper, Ulrika and Paul who'd both been in pantomimes, to Ruby Wax who hasn't sung a note since she was eight when her mum told her to put a sock in it!

Singing tutor Carrie said the group had different strengths with some having incredible voices, and others being so funny they could carry any song off.

The teachers are back!
The Fame Academy teachers return
It looks like the stars are going to get knocked into shape too, with dance teacher Kevin threatening 6.30am jogging sessions around the grounds of the Academy.

So now we're just waiting to find out who the final celebrity student will be and then the fun begins.

And if the rumours are anything to believe, a certain handsome footballer could be entering the mansion!

Watch this space for all the latest Celebrity Fame Academy gossip and fun as it rolls in!

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