The British Prime Minister might have embarrassed himself last month by admitting he was jealous of his children’s onesies. But it seems David Cameron has seized the opportunity for an even redder face by agreeing to star alongside teen heart-throbs One Direction in their next music video.
Dave will join Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn in the official video for the boy band’s charity single for Comic Relief.
The track is a medley of cover versions of Blondie’s “One Way or Another” and the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks”. The Prime Minister did not appear in clips from the video shown during last night's Let's Dance for Comic Relief.
Part of the video was filmed outside the Prime Minister’s 10 Downing Street residence.
The PM's involvement was confirmed by his spokesman and last night Cameron tweeted: "Enjoyed my cameo in @onedirection’s vid for @comicrelief charity single. Glad to help with the filming location!#1DRND"
It is unclear what Cameron's role will be, or whether he will sing or dance. But One Direction recently released a fashion line of onesies, prompting speculation that the video might include the PM wearing one.
Last month he said: "My children have onesies and I often say to them that I'm very jealous that they didn't see fit to get me one."
Cameron’s involvement in the charity single follows his Labour predecessor Tony Blair’s cameo alongside Catherine Tate during Comic Relief in 2007. The then Prime Minister uttered Tate’s “Am I bovvered?” catchphrase in a sketch where the comedienne was on work experience at Westminster.
Soon after he lost power former PM Gordon Brown appeared alongside James Corden and boyband JLS in a sketch for Red Nose Day 2011.
Cameron also appeared in that year's programme during the MasterChef segment as celebrity "chefs" Miranda Hart, Ruby Wax and Claudia Winkleman served him a three-course meal.
Music and politics rarely mix successfully. Last month Radiohead's Thom Yorke said he would “sue the living s***” out of Cameron if one of his songs were used for a Conservative election campaign.
In 2010 Keane’s single “Everybody’s Changing” was used at a Tory Party manifesto launch leading drummer Richard Hughes to react on Twitter with the words: “Am horrified. To be clear – we were not asked. I will not vote for them.”
Two weeks ago One Direction expressed dismay when an unauthorised version of their charity single was shared widely online.
Band member Louis Tomlinson said via his Twitter: “I hear the charity single has been leaked. Very sad to see. Don't forget together we are trying to raise money for Comic Relief.”
Comic Relief has raised £800 million to alleviate poverty since 1985.