Footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones paid an emotional tribute to his late wife Tanya during his performance on X Factor: Celebrity this weekend.
Singing a medley of hits by Madness, Vinnie looked to the heavens as he sang It Must Be Love.
“I never thought I’d miss you, half as much as I do,” Vinnie sang, while pointing towards the sky.
Vinnie looked to the sky and sang the song to his late wife Tanya (Credit: ITV)
“We know how much [that song] meant to you and who you were singing it to,” Vinnie’s mentor Nicole Scherzinger said.
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His wife Tanya died from cancer earlier this year.
The performance won Vinnie a guaranteed place in next week’s live show, and praise from the viewing public.
Never thought you’d bring a tear to my eye @VinnieJones65 but you did tonight.
Some said the performance brought a tear to their eye, while others said it was clear he was singing the song for his late wife.
@VinnieJones65 sang that for his wife & it was beautiful X #XFactor
— Andrew McBride 🐝 (@andrewmcb) November 9, 2019
Never thought you’d bring a tear to my eye @VinnieJones65 but you did tonight. My 18 year old daughter met you in the #xfactor green room last week said your were a gentleman and a legend ❤️
— Nicola Cowburn (@nicola_cowburn) November 9, 2019
However, some said that it was time to “stop the pity votes”.
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One viewer said: “It’s time for Vinnie to go – STOP the pity votes now.”
Another commented: “Absolutely ridiculous. This is not The X Factor, this is the dead wife competition.”
The star’s emotional performance saw him earn a place in next week’s live show (Credit: ITV)
Vinnie got viewers emotional during last weekend’s live shows too after revealing that Tanya had wanted him to do the show.
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