Day three of The BT Red Nose Challenge: Miranda’s Mad March sees comedian and actress Miranda Hart in search of a brand new girl band who will have to perform live on The One Show.

Up against the clock and with girl band expert, Melanie C, and dance-extraordinaire, Louie Spence, on hand to help her out throughout the day, the trio rushed through auditions this morning with surprising results…

Most of the auditionees so far have been classical singers – much to Louie Spence’s frustration! At one point, after one too many arias, the dance pro interrupted one auditionee with: “Darling, darling, if we could please just see something current? We don’t care what is it – just as long as it’s from this century!”

All was not lost though as Melanie C teamed up with one opera singer to perform a very special version of the Spice Girls classic, Spice Up Your Life and 20 year old gap year Student, Dean – who Miranda soon nicknamed Dierdre – dressed up in drag to perform Wannabe!

On her extraordinary and hilarious morning, soon-to-be-girl-band-member-Miranda said: “This morning I thought ‘this is quite a fun challenge; I love pop, I love the Spice Girls’, and then I remembered I can’t sing! But, people are being really kind and generous by donating so I’m determined to put on a great show. Come on people of Birmingham, let’s do this!”

Auditionee Daniella Varadi, who performed with Melanie C during her audition, said: “I’m a massive Spice Girls fan so when they asked me to sing Spice Up Your Life, Mel was kind enough to come up on stage and sing with me. It was amazing!”

Starting in Newcastle on Monday 11th March, Miranda tried – but sadly failed – to set a new Guinness World Records title and wax 16 armpits in under three minutes live on The One Show. After spending the day in Manchester yesterday, and dancing to ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ live on The One Show, Miranda is in Birmingham today (Wednesday), Oxford tomorrow (Thursday), and London on Red Nose Day itself (Friday 15th March) when she hopes to have raised heaps of cash. She has no idea what her remaining challenges will be until Chris Evans reveals them to her live every morning on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

To sponsor Miranda in today’s epic task, click here. You can also find out how she’s getting on tonight on The One Show on BBC One at 7pm.

Proving her Hart’s in the right place, Miranda is raising cash for Red Nose Day that could help vaccinate children against deadly diseases that kill millions in Africa every single year. She’s also raising money to help people living unimaginably tough lives across the UK. Just £5 could pay for a vaccine to help protect a child in Uganda against diseases like tetanus and hepatitis B or provide a hot meal for a young person living on the streets in the UK.

BT has today given £37,500 to support Miranda as part of the £500,000 it has committed to raise in support of The BT Red Nose Challenges – a duo of celebrity challenges sponsored by BT for Red Nose Day 2013.

To help Miranda stay motivated throughout the challenge, BT is declaring ‘Chat for Change Day’ tomorrow, Thursday 14th March. On behalf of its customers, BT will donate 1p to Red Nose Day for every call made from a BT home phone line or BT business line.

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