Sam Smith and John Legend for one-off Comic Relief live performance of their duet

Pair are to sing Lay Me Down on BBC1 tonight (March 13) in aid of charity

Sam Smith and John Legend are to perform their duet Lay Me Down for the first time live on BBC1 tonight (March 13) as part of the channel’s Comic Relief charity coverage from 7pm.

The pair are set for the Top 10 this week with their collaboration, which is a reworking of Smith’s debut single from his album In The Lonely Hour.

Smith also visited Radio 2 host Dermot O’Leary today while the DJ danced non-stop for 24 hours to raise funds for Comic Relief. He said: “Just been to see the incredible Dermot O’Leary, who is dancing for 24 HOURS for Comic Relief. He’s doing so well.” He added: “I’m so excited to be doing a one-off performance with John Legend.”

The pair’s duet will be the first time Smith has sung live since cancelling a concert in Milan on Monday with laryngitis. The singer will return to Milan in June to perform, having vowed to fans: “I promise I will make it up to you. I will sing the hardest I’ve ever sung. That’s a promise.”

Smith resumes playing live when his nine-date UK tour starts in Glasgow on Monday.

Sam Smith will play:
Glasgow O2 Academy (16-17)
Manchester O2 Apollo (19-20)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (22-23)
Brixton O2 Academy (25-27)