Tribute: Strictly stars will pay homage to the late Bruce Forsyth [BBC]
Legendary TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth touched the hearts of the nation during his career and this year’s Strictly star’s have promised to keep his memory alive after his passing.
The BBC show will feature a number of tributes to the beloved ‘Brucie’, who hosted the hit series for ten years alongside co-star Tess Daly, and will include a ‘heart-felt’ performance from Strictly’s dance professionals.
”I don’t think he would want any of us to not be enjoying this and this was his baby and you could see that that shone out of him,” said Ruth Langsford at the launch of the new series.
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She continued: ”And he was such a fabulous dancer so I think this year he will be very much in our thoughts and all of us will really be doing it for him, as well as for ourselves.”
The Saturdays’ and newest Strictly contestant Mollie King said her and the cast just want to make Bruce ”proud” of them.
”I think it means that as the cast of 2017 we really want to make him proud and we just want to dance our socks off and give it everything,” Mollie explained.
The Saturdays singer Mollie King wants to make Bruce ‘proud’ [Mollie King/Instagram]
”He has been such a huge part of Strictly so for us we just want to really give it out all and make him proud,” she added.
Bruce stepped down from his hosting role on the show in 2014 but made appearances for one-off episodes including Children In Need special.
The 89-year-old passed away on Friday 18 August after suffering from a series of health issues and his widow Wilnelia Merced recently revealed his last moments were ”peaceful”.
In love: Wilnelia Merced and Bruce Forsyth attend Wimbledon match in 2015 [Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage]
She said: ”His daughters, our son JJ and my mother Delia – who also stood by my side supporting me – were all by his side.”
”He left quietly and in peace”, she added.
Strictly returns to BBC One on September 9.