DIY SOS: Nick Knowles left in tears over performance
Strictly Come Dancing professional Katya Jones was left in floods of tears after one of the True Colours members shared an emotional tribute to her late father.
Katya, alongside Luba Mushtuck, Nancy Xu and Graziano Di Prima joined Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team for a Strictly special.
They all got stuck in on the exciting project of transforming a performing arts school in Wallsend, North Tyneside.
During their time, Katya met dancer Charis who had Down Syndrome and explained that her father Bruce had died just weeks before filming.
She told Katya that dancing was her way of coping with the grief and explained she would be performing a contemporary dance as a tribute to her father.
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Charis described her father as “handsome” and “charismatic”, before taking to the stage to perform her solo.
She danced to Stand By Me by Ben E King whilst a selection of family photos appeared on a screen behind her.
Nearing the end of her performance she was joined by her fellow members of True Colours before a heartfelt message was projected on screen, saying: “I love and miss you forever Dad. Love Charis x”.
As the camera panned to the audience, Katya could be seen wiping away her tears after being touched by the emotional performance.
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Nick and the rest of his team were also in floods of tears as he expressed: “Not a dry eye in the house”.
Katya added: “To see on stage her looking beautiful in the dress and totally telling the story, I was just so proud.
“It was a wonderful demonstration of why they deserve this so much. It’s going to change their lives 100 percent.”
Viewers of the show were also left in tears, as Twitter user @joyceJo49834475 expressed: “It was a brilliant #DIYSOS it was highly emotional but so worthwhile. The team were incredible to do it in 6 days.”
@hippy_lorraine added: “Well, that was an emotional watch. Well done to the team and all of the volunteers who made it possible. And to everyone in True Colours, you are amazing.”
@MissB__SENCO said: “#DIYSOS always pulls at the heartstrings, and the Strictly Special was no different.”
@Kaaaaatie_x commented: “No but seriously, that was such a beautiful and moving episode of #DIYSOS.
“Projects like True Colours are actual lifesavers for kids who just need a safe space and to feel like they belong – so unbelievably deserving. and the Strictly magic made it even more special.”
DIY SOS Strictly Special is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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