Tess Daly wells up as Strictly performs moving tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly broke into tears as the team behind the show made a heart-wrenching tribute to late former host, Bruce Forsyth.

The planned piece saw the programme’s team of professional dancers fill the stage with a stunning waltz to Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon – which Forsyth once famously sang on the Strictly stage.

It also featured a number of filmed tributes from show judges and previous contestants.

Daly, who worked with Forsyth on the BBC contest for more than a decade from its first ever launch, failed to hold back the tears as the room was lit up with a neon outline of the entertainer holding his signature pose.

As this year’s contest opened on Saturday evening, she said: “Sadly, somebody very, very close to our hearts is no longer with us.

“We were all devastated when we heard the news.”

Forsyth died last month at the age of 89.

Tess Daly and Sir Bruce presented Strictly together

Tess Daly and Sir Bruce presented Strictly together (PA)


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