Strictly Come Dancing paid tribute to the late, great Bruce Forsyth last night during their 2017 launch show. The stunning tribute, which had to be filmed twice due to it reducing everyone to tears, celebrated his life in the most fitting way as the professional dancers performed a routine to Fly Me To The Moon.
A montage bursting with famous Bruce Forsyth clips was also played, reminding viewers of his charm, talent and infectious personality. The video also included interviews with famous Strictly faces, such as Tess Daly and Darcey Bussell, who spoke about Bruce’s life and what they shall miss about him. In the interviews, Bruno Tonioli referred to Sir Bruce as “showbiz royalty” whilst Len Goodman labelled him a “legend”.
The touching dance routine, choreographed to perfection, followed this montage and saw female dancers dressed in beautiful lilac gowns whilst the males wore Brucie-style suits. They ended by doing the iconic Bruce Forsyth pose. Naturally, a standing ovation was given prior to Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman gave some final words on the nation’s favourite entertainer. Tess was reduced to tears as she fondly remembered her former colleague and friend and offered her love and prayers out to his family.
BBC bosses have said that they hope the new series of Strictly will embody Sir Bruce’s “wit, professionalism and pure unadulterated joy.”
Speaking at the Elstree Studios launch, director of BBC Studios, Mark Linsey, said: “Bruce was loved by this programme and we are going to miss him tremendously. I want this year, more than ever, to be a celebration of and a tribute to the great Bruce, who symbolised so much that is wonderful about the show.”
A private funeral for host Sir Bruce, who passed away aged 89 in August, took place last Monday.
Last night’s show also saw this year’s contestants paired with their professional partners and was jam packed with glitz, glamour and glee, which can only be a sign of things to come.