For Harry Judd, the McFly drummer crowned Strictly Come Dancing king in 2011, it came as a surprise: Paddy McGuinness, host of hit dating show Take Me Out, wanted to wrestle him.
Despite his wife’s pleas — and Judd’s admission that he is “totally an underdog” — he accepted, and the duo will fight it out in Sport Relief’s Clash Of The Titans competition next month.
“Strangely, he personally requested to wrestle me,” said Judd, 30. “I don’t think I have any beef with him. I am pretty sure he thinks I will be an easy competitor.
“He challenged me to an arm wrestle once and he won easily so maybe it was that. Or maybe he saw me on Strictly and thought, ‘I could take Judd.’
“He is much taller and about three stone heavier and is pretty strong. I am totally an underdog, but I quite like that. And I am going to try to do everything I can to make it a good fight.
“I am quick on my feet from Strictly, I have a lower centre of gravity than Paddy and I’m not as easy to push around as I look.
“It will be a real David versus Goliath challenge. Hopefully I will survive. I have a picture of Paddy McGuinness on my fridge to keep me inspired and get me going. I am going to take him down.”
However, McGuinness, 42, joked that the wrestling match was hardly David and Goliath as Judd has “muscles on his muscles, lives in the gym and is 18 years younger than me”. He added: “What could possibly go wrong?”
In the competition — broadcast as part of the BBC’s Sport Relief coverage on March 18 — captains Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff will lead celebrity teams through challenges.
Team Flintoff will include Judd, East-Enders star Maddy Hill and newsreader Sophie Raworth. Team Redgrave boasts Will Young, McGuinness and TV historian Dan Snow.
As well as the wrestling, Judd, 30, is taking part in a cycling challenge at the Lee Valley Velodrome — and his wife Izzy, who gave birth to their first child last month, has been worrying.
He said: “They offered me the rhythmic gymnastics, which I would have agreed to. But then when the email came through about wrestling Paddy then I was really keen. It is more of a challenge.
“My wife wasn’t best pleased. She was like, ‘Do you have to do the wrestling and do you have to do the cycling?’ She worries it’s not safe.”
Asked about their new daughter, Lola Rose, he said: “Surprisingly our grasp of nursery rhymes is a little poor. We only seem to know Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. I’m going to have to up my game a little bit there.”
This is the fifth time the Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has joined forces with Sport Relief and Comic Relief.
So far, £4 million in donations has gone to 271 projects tackling social exclusion across the city. Londoners are also urged to sign up to the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on March 20.
Clash Of The Titans tickets are at seetickets.com/go/sportrelief