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Brian and Amy to take on Chris and Dawn in Comic Relief duet


COMIC RELIEF: Amy and Brian have promised a Eurovision theme. Photo: Conor McCabe

COMIC RELIEF: Amy and Brian have promised a Eurovision theme. Photo: Conor McCabe

COMIC RELIEF: Amy and Brian have promised a Eurovision theme. Photo: Conor McCabe

When you think of great musical duets, names like Sonny and Cher, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and in recent years Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, spring to mind.

Now golden couple Amy Huberman and Brian O'Driscoll giving it a go for RTE Does Comic Relief.

Organisers have been trying to keep the singalong under wraps. But a well-placed RTE source told the Sunday Independent that the performance is going to be one to watch and will have a Eurovision theme.

"I think the public will be surprised at the quality of content that is being produced for this one-off telethon," said an insider.

"Brian O'Driscoll's duet with Amy as part of the show is going to be a real highlight. It will be inspired by the Eurovision and be a nod to Johnny Logan. It is part of the lip sync challenge so they won't actually be singing but it is the pair of them performing together for the first time. They will be going head-to-head with Chris O'Dowd and his wife Dawn O'Porter."

As revealed in this newspaper, Comic Relief will take place on Friday night at 8pm on RTE One.

Produced by Kite Entertainment the four-hour fundraiser will feature a Normal People sketch directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones.

Baz Ashmawy is one of the hosts on the night. Speaking to the Sunday Independent yesterday, the 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy star credited her with helping him become a better dad to his own children.

Describing himself and his own father as "generationally very different", Baz says he learned how to be a good dad from his mother.

"I learned more about parenting from my mum than I ever did from my dad. Some people just aren't made to be parents I think," he said. "Myself and my dad, we were good friends but [he] probably wasn't the best role model for parenting. But my mum was great so she is someone I try to emulate."

Baz, who shares six children between the ages of five and 21 with partner Tanya Evans, said: "I don't know what makes you the parent you are. For me it was 'be constant, be there and be the best you can be' and those are the things that I learned from my mum - she taught me how to be a place of trust and non-judgement."

On his own experience he said: "I would rather have one amazing parent than two bad parents and some people are incredibly unlucky. So for me I never felt like I lost out." He was glad he reconnected with his father later in life and holds no regrets.

Baz is also looking for people to participate in his new series of Wingman, which aims to help people to achieve a dream or ambition.

RTE Does Comic Relief is on RTE One Friday at 8pm.

Sunday Independent