SOUTH Devon's celebrity chef John Burton Race failed to impress TV judges with his Thriller dance, but he had a laugh trying.
The resident chef at Dartmouth's Michelin starred New Angel Restaurant strutted his stuff to the Michael Jackson hit with eight fellow cooks.
They were among the first six celebrity acts to pay homage to iconic dance routines in the premier episode of Let's Dance for Comic Relief on Saturday night.
The series will run over four weeks, comprising three heats and culminating in a final dance-off on Red Nose Day weekend.
Mr Burton Race and his fellow chefs Paul Rankin, Sophie Grigson, Nancy Lam, Kevin Woodford, Sophie Michel, Tony Tobin, Reza Mohammad and Silvana Rowe, won't be crowned champions though, after being eliminated by judges Anton Du Beke, Emma Bunton and Michael Mcintyre.
Mr Burton Race said: "We were out third. Most of us got one or two things wrong with our routines but let's be honest, as far as comic relief is concerned, we were quite comical.
"I am disappointed we didn't get through because I thought we were funny but the bottom line is we raised money for charity.
"We had a great laugh doing it but I can honestly tell you, I'm really aching now after prancing around like a fairy."
Peep Show actor Robert Webb and children TV hosts Dick and Dom are the first stars to win a place in the final.
Dom — real name Dominic Simon Wood — is also from Devon.
Let's Dance for Comic Relief continues next Saturday on BBC 1.