Strictly Come Dancing: Viewers are ‘reduced to tears‘ as show marks Remembrance Sunday

Strictly Come Dancing: Viewers are ‘reduced to tears‘ as pros Anton du Beke and Amy Dowden lead ‘powerful‘ dance and Luke Evans sings Bring Him Home to mark Remembrance Sunday

pulled out all the stops to mark Remembrance Sunday during this week‘s results show.

Opening up the special episode, professionals Amy Dowden and Anton du Beke led a ‘powerful‘ routine dance to Cyndi Lauper‘s hit single Time After Time to pay their respects to the war dead, which ‘reduced viewers to tears‘.

Actor Luke Evans also left emotional fans ‘in bits‘ as he took to the stage to perform a rendition of Les Misérables‘ Bring Him Home track – from his upcoming debut album At Last.  

Latin dancer Anton, 53, played the role of a solider heading off to war, leaving behind his child and wife – portrayed by a young performer and Welsh ballroom pro Amy, 28.

The duo broke into a moving routine and were later joined by their fellow professional dancers.

Overwhelmed with emotion, fans tweeted: ‘B****y hell  You‘ve just reduced me to tears! This was amazing #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing‘.

‘Wow that dance routine from the pros was so beautiful & emotional, absolutely in bits watching #Strictly‘, another penned. 

A third added: ‘That opening dance for #RemembranceSunday was beautiful. Very respectful and perfect to watch #Strictly.‘

Viewers were clearly captivated by the group‘s efforts as they added: ‘#Strictly #RemembranceSunday the professionals’ opening routine brilliant and poignant – the expertise of front and back room production manifests in this fabulous show!‘

‘What a stunning performance from the professionals absolutely beautiful ❤️ #Strictly #NeverForget #RemembranceSunday.‘ 

Moments later, Fast & Furious 6 star Luke, 40, appeared teary-eyed as he showcased his vocal prowess while singing a heart-wrenching version of Bring Him Home.

Viewers flooded Twitter with comments about the thespian‘s ‘magical‘ set – which also saw Amy join South African dancer Johannes Radebe onstage. 

Fans penned: ‘I‘m not shy to say Luke Evans singing that song and that dance was just magical. So emotional. #Strictly.

‘Luke Evans, a song from my favourite musical and the brilliant . I‘m awash. #scd #Strictly #Strictlyresults. 

‘I’m not even that much of a fan of Les Mis, but I’m absolutely bawling at Luke Evans version of Bring Him Home. Beautiful. #Strictly.

‘How utterly incredible was Luke Evans on #Strictly? I’m in tears. So moving. Just wonderful. Perfection.

‘Wow. #strictly Luke Evans singing Les Mis, and are stunning together. That‘s me gone #emotional.‘ 

This years‘ Remembrance Day service marks 100 years since the first two-minute silence was observed on 11 November 1919 on Armistice Day. 

It was also the first year that both civilian victims or both war and terror attacks, were be remembered under the same service.

Elsewhere on the show, Mike Bushell became the seventh celebrity to be eliminated following weeks of ‘fix‘ claims. 

The Breakfast host was unanimously voted off the show after he and partner Katya Jones took on Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice in the dance-off during Sunday‘s result show.  

Mike failed to impress with his Paso Doble, in comparison to Michelle‘s American Smooth, sending him crashing out of the competition the week before Blackpool.  

Craig Revel Horwood praised Mike, 53, and Katya, 30, for their efforts, but ultimately chose to save Michelle, stating: ‘One couple put up a very good fight but the couple I‘d like to save is Michelle and Giovanni‘.  

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Motsi Mabuse was in agreement, noting: ‘I have to say I have seen the best performance from both couples. 

‘I really, really mean that but one couple was the clear winner of the dance off and I am going to save Michelle and Giovanni.‘ 

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Although her vote would no longer have made a difference, Head Judge Shirley Ballas revealed that she too would have also chosen to save Michelle and Giovanni. 

When asked by Tess Daly about his time on the show, Mike said: ‘I have had the most amazing 9 or 10 weeks since we started training. 

‘I have lost a stone and half. I‘m a guy in his 50s, I‘m mentally sharper, I feel able to deal with pressured situations – thanks to the dance-offs! It has changed me completely and honestly I‘m not going to stop dancing. 

‘My wife Emily has supported me all the way through and my daughters. My dad‘s going to take up ballroom dancing and my mum has started Zumba. 

‘I want to thank all my family and the judges. I have all the comments framed around the house. Every moment has been an absolute honour and a joy.‘

Despite not making it through to Blackpool Week, which will see the contestants perform at the Tower Ballroom, Mike insisted he‘d be there to show his support. 

He continued: ‘I didn‘t think I‘d get this far so I have already booked a hotel in Blackpool, so I‘m still coming along.‘

He then turned his attention to partner Katya, gushing: ‘This amazing teacher, Katya, I can‘t tell you the dedication that she puts in. She‘d make the greatest sporting coach ever, she makes you believe that anything is possible. 

‘She hasn‘t taken it easy on me. We‘ve had some difficult routines and I can‘t believe the miracles you‘ve performed. There‘s so many memories.‘

Katya responded: ‘Honestly I‘m so proud of him and I think after even this dance which I think was your best dance you can leave with your head held up honestly; and in my eyes you‘re the winner. 

‘The only thing he has lost is weight. He came in every single day giving his heart, soul, everything, 200% no matter what after every single dance off and thank you so much. I‘m so sorry I couldn‘t take to Blackpool.‘

Mike‘s elimination comes after fans claimed the show was ‘fixed‘ to stay in after he previously survived two dance offs in a row.  

Mike and Katya first found themselves in the bottom two in Week 5, after their Salsa to Jump On It to The Sugar Hill Gang fell felt with viewers.

However, the dancing duo were spared and instead former England footballer David James and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova were eliminated.

The pair then found themselves in the bottom two during Halloween Week when the tango did little to rouse fans alongside Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley and partner Johannes Radebe, who were ultimately given the boot after Shirley had the deciding vote. 

Last week, Mike faced the dance off for a third time, where he triumphed over Viscountess Emma Weymouth and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

North Yorkshire native Mike – who even received vile death threats over winning dance-offs – defiantly appeared on Breakfast to defend his position on the show earlier this month.

He said: ‘It‘s an entertainment show, we‘re all trying our best, you‘re not really competing against anybody else, you compete against yourself to try and learn to get better and better each week, even if its just learning a couple of new steps.  

Strictly Come Dancing returns for the Blackpool special on Saturday at 7.05pm on One.

 

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