Bobby Brazier leaves his dad Jeff in tears with his emotional Strictly Come Dancing debut as he delivers a moving Foxtrot with Dianne Buswell
Bobby Brazier gave an emotional performance as he entered the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom for the first time on Saturday with his partner Dianne Buswell.
The EastEnders actor performed a foxtrot with the red head as they flew around the dance floor to McFly’s All About You.
And it seems the routine touched the heart as Bobby’s father, Jeff Brazier, shed a tear at the end of the performance.
As he stood to receive the judges’ comments, Tess pointed to the father in the audience who was visibly overcome with emotion after watching his eldest son.
Jeff raised Bobby, 20, and his brother Freddie, 19, as a single dad after their mother Jade Goody tragically died from cervical cancer in 2009.
Emotional: Jeff Brazier shed a tear as his son Bobby took to the Strictly dance floor for the first live show on Saturday night
Overwhelmed: Jeff was visibly overcome with emotion after watching his eldest son dance the foxtrot with Dianne Buswell
The Big Brother star passed away at just 27, leaving behind Bobby and Freddie, who were just four and five years old at the time.
Bobby joked during an appearance on This Morning earlier this week that he had never watched Strictly before signing up for the show and had never heard of the dances.
But none of that seemed to matter on Saturday night when he wowed the judges with their sweet foxtrot.
And it’s not the first time Bobby has moved his dad to tears recently after he swelled with pride when his son accepted the Rising Star award at the National Television Awards earlier this month.
The aspiring actor is forging an on-screen career with his role as Freddie Slater in EastEnders.
After his name was announced, Bobby immediately hugged his father, 44, who seemed overjoyed at his son’s success.
Bobby credited his win to Jeff while on the podium, saying, “This has very little to do with me and everything to do with my dad.
“Over the past 20 years I’ve heard him say, ‘because I can.’ It was a mantra of his and he just said, “because I can.” Because I can, why not?’
Tragic: The actor was just five when he lost his mother to cervical cancer in 2009 (pictured in 2006)
Amazing: The EastEnders actor performed a foxtrot with the red head as they flew across the dance floor to McFly’s All About You
Born dancer: Bobby joked earlier this week that he had never watched Strictly before signing up for the show and had never heard of the dances
Parenting: Jeff raised Bobby, 20, and his brother Freddie, 19, as a single father after their mother Jade Goody tragically died of cervical cancer in 2009
Great Comments: Bobby and Dianne beamed when they received the judges’ feedback
Earlier this month, Bobby told what his late mother Jady Goody would think of him on the BBC show.
Bobby, who was five when he lost his mother, said he thinks she would be “delighted” to have him take part in the competition after sharing his plans to honor her with a dance routine on the show.
Speak with OK! Magazine, the EastEnders star said: ‘She would be happy that I’m doing something that makes me happy. Like all my friends and all my family and everyone who loves me.
“They’re happy for me because they know how much I’m going to enjoy it and how happy I am just to be here.”
Bobby also shared how he plans to dedicate one of his dance routines to his late mother.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at the National Television Awards last week, Bobby revealed the songs he wants to dance to on the show.
He said, “There are a few, it depends on the mood. Saturday Love and also This Woman’s Worth by Maxwell, that would be beautiful, I hope I can make people cry with that.’
Bobby added, “Maybe I’ll dedicate that one (to my mom). I haven’t thought about it yet, but maybe that one will.’
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