Rochelle Humes has come a long way in her career since the days of S Club Juniors. The Saturdays’ pop star is now taking on a new challenging role which marks yet another stage of progression in her career as a much-loved British TV and entertainment personality.
Humes has been chosen as on the presenters of this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal Show, alongside veteran host Terry Wogan. Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Tess Daly will be joining Rochelle and Terry to help raise money for impoverished and disadvantaged children living in the UK.
Rochelle has said that she is “absolutely honoured” to have been chosen for the role but also does not want the focus to be moved from the important charitable cause to her presenting. “Obviously it’s a massive compliment, but it’s not about me. I’m just really thrilled and I’m hoping we can raise loads of money on the night,” said the singer. She continued, “"I hope everyone tunes in on the night to support this amazing cause and really make a difference to children across all parts of the UK."
Mrs Humes recognises the significance and magnitude of the event and admits that she is excited but also nervous. “I’m sure I’ll be nervous […] The Saturdays have always supported Children in Need, but it’ll be a bit different presenting it with Terry. I love him and he’ll look after me. Doing such a huge show is the dream.”
Terry Wogan has expressed his happiness at having Rochelle on board his presenting team, saying that he is “looking forward to presenting an evening full of entertainment with the usual suspects, Tess, Fearne, Nick and our new host Rochelle."
Humes says she remembers getting involved with Children in Need when she was a child, which makes it even more of an honour to now be presenting the show. “We used to do loads of stuff for school. And this is why I’m going to be so freaking nervous. It was such a big deal when I was a kid and we used to watch it as a whole family. It was the done thing in our house,” recalls Humes. She added, “I remember my mum telling me to go to bed when I wanted to stay up and watch a bit more. I once did a sponsored silence, which was very hard. We did cake sales too.”
Humes, who is now a mother, added that having a child of her own has boosted her desire to support the charity. “I think everything about the children hits home harder when you’re a mum. You see things in such a whole different light,” said The Saturdays singer.
Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford has also been involved in this year’s Children in Need appeal. Crawford has been one of a number of celebrities – including Peter Andre and Louie Spence – to dress up in spandex and a cape to help launch the “Be A Hero” campaign, which is encouraging members of the public to buy a special "Be A Hero" badge to aid this year's fundraising.
Sarah-Jane Crawford in the "Be A Hero" campaign
Two badge designs are currently on sale at Post Offices across the UK and cost £1 each. "Wearing the badge is a simple way to be a real hero and show your support to help disadvantaged young people right here in the UK," said Crawford.
Children in Need will be live on BBC One at 7pm on Friday 14th November 2014.
For more information please visit: bbcchildreninneed.co.uk