Strictly Come Dancing has left viewers in tears with their emotional dedication to fallen war heroes group routine.
Following those going off to war throughout history, from World War II to present day, the performers tracked moments of soldiers saying goodbye to their loved ones before heading off to war.
In even more touching moments, soldiers would disappear and reappear again as if they were ghosts, while others looked as if they knew they wouldn’t return.
To add to the more chilling moments, a clock that hung over the dancefloor hit 11 and the group turned silent and still in a poignant further act of remembrance for those who have lost their lives for our country.
Performed to a piano version of Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper, there wasn’t a dry eye on the house as each star bid farewell.
On Remembrance Sunday, the routine did not go unnoticed by viewers, who broke down as a young boy was left by himself on the stairs as the song came to an end.
Taking to Twitter, the show was praised for a job well done:
Bloody hell #Strictly I tuned in to see @michellevisage, @kelvin_fletcher’s arms and some sparkles…
That routine just…
— Alun Saunders 🏴 (@alunsaunders) November 10, 2019
What a beautifully-choreographed and powerful start to @bbcstrictly – the #RemembranceDay routines are always outstanding #Strictly
— Karen Price (@karenmediawales) November 10, 2019
That opening routine for remembrance Sunday has got me in tears. Beautiful. #Strictly
— Maxine Nelson (@mrsmaxinenelson) November 10, 2019
That was a beautiful Remembrance Day routine from the professionals. The end visual result was beautiful. Hats off to them and the tech team behind it ❤️❤️ #Strictly #StrictlyResults
— Dan Baynham (@Dan_Baynham95) November 10, 2019
Tonight’s emotional message was brought forward even more with a performance by Luke Evans performing Bring Him Home.
Patients and staff from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall and three war widows from recent conflicts were also in the audience.
To further add their support, the remembrance appeal was aided by the stars who went out with buckets to collect for the Poppy Appeal.
The remaining seven couples are now having to pull out all the stops as they head to Blackpool – a landmark moment of the series.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday at 7.20pm on BBC One.
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