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Sir Bruce Forsyth: Strictly pays tribute to former host

Sir Bruce Forsyth: Strictly pays tribute to former host

Sir Bruce always joined in the dancing with co-host Tess Daly
Stars of Strictly Come Dancing have paid an emotional tribute to former co-host Sir Bruce Forsyth at the start of this year's series.Sir Bruce, who died in August aged 89, had a showbiz career that lasted 75 years - 10 of them on Strictly.The tribute started with a collection of Sir Bruce's best moments and people's favourite memories.The professional dancers then performed a traditional ballroom routine to "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra.The outline of Sir Bruce's iconic fist-to-face pose was in the background, and the dancers adopted it too as a last nod to the entertainer.
A tearful Tess Daly, who co-hosted the show alongside Sir Bruce from 2004, said that everyone working on Strictly "missed him dearly" and fondly remembered his attempts to steady her nerves before the first show in 2004.Clips of Sir Bruce insisting various contestants were his "favourite" showed his comedic side. The show described him as "Strictly family". One of the judges, Bruno Tonioli, said Sir Bruce "always had time for everyone", adding "he'll never be forgotten".Strictly was Sir Bruce's final television role, yet he managed to coin a new, enduring catchphrase - always encouraging the audience to "Keep dancing!".The first show of the new series also saw the celebrity contestants matched with their professional partners.This year's famous faces include singer Alexandra Burke, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, and Jonnie Peacock, the Paralympic gold medallist. The long-standing judging panel of Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Tonioli have been joined by a new head judge, following Len Goodman's departure.Shirley Ballas, a former award-winning dancer, is known as the "queen of Latin".
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