Alexandra Burke had every reason to celebrate on Saturday evening as she secured the first three tens of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 but the X Factor winner broke down in tears for her late mum as she topped the leaderboard.
Burke’s mother sadly passed away just weeks before the start of the series and encouraged her to continue on and do her best on the show.
“I really wish my mum was here”, Burke sobbed, bringing presenter Claudia Winkleman and many of the professional dancers to tears.
Viewers at home weren’t immune to the emotion of the evening.
— Sheetal Parmar (@SheetalParmar) October 14, 2017
— Amy McCool (@amymc83) October 14, 2017
Alexandra's tears just hit me hard. Know that feeling all too well – happiness tinged with a yearning that will never fully heal #Strictly
— Jill (@ribbonsofmemory) October 14, 2017
— Katie (@KatieKirkLoves) October 14, 2017
It appeared as though somebody was chopping onions in households throughout the land.
— Charlotte (@chl_hobbs) October 14, 2017
Still crying for alexandra ?? #Strictly
— Cazkaban ?? (@linoleum_smythe) October 14, 2017
— Kim Creed (@kimcreedpr) October 14, 2017
— Little Dorrit (@themaryseacole) October 14, 2017
They were stunned by Burke’s bravery.
My heart just completely broke for Alexandra, so much respect for her even doing this #Strictly
— Maria (@maria_h_l) October 14, 2017
— Kat (@chickadee13) October 14, 2017
One former Strictly winner (who did a rather decent jive in week four of the 2016 contest himself) assured her that her mother would be very proud of her indeed.
— Ore Oduba (@OreOduba) October 14, 2017
And the viewers at home most definitely agreed.
— ♡ (@troubleddwizard) October 14, 2017
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 on Sunday night at 7.15pm