9 September 2017, 10:15
Bring out the Kleenex! Strictly gear up to give Bruce Forsyth a 'beautiful and heartwarming' tribute.
This year's Strictly Come Dancing contestants will 'Keeep dancing!' all in the name of the show's late host Bruce Forsyth, in a spectacular tribute that is promised to leave viewers in floods of tears.
New head judge Shirley Ballas has warned viewers to have "a box of Kleenex at the ready", as the hit ballroom show returns tonight (09.09.17), celebrating the former host's iconic 75-year-span in showbiz.
The entertainment veteran fronted the popular dance competition for a decade, hosting alongside Tess Daly from 2004-2014. The TV legend died last month aged 89.
In honour of Bruce, the 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing will open up with an emotional homage to the silver-haired TV icon. The tribute has already had experienced dancers, cast and crew in floods of tears.
Lifting the lid on what viewers can expect tonight, Shirley Ballas, 57 said, “The professional dancers do the most beautiful tribute to Sir Bruce - it’s endearing, heart-warming and heart-wrenching. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.”
Speaking on the late legend himself, she added, “I grew up with Sir Bruce, he was an amazingly inspirational man and I was a huge fan - he could sing, dance, act - everything - and my son [dance champion Mark] was inspired by him from a young age.”
Reverend Richard Cole, who will be a contestant in this year's Strictly, also tweeted "#Strictly dancers' tribute to Brucie. Everybody CRIED".
#Strictly dancers' tribute to Brucie. Everybody CRIED.— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) September 5, 2017
Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight on BBC One at 7pm.