Dame Vera died, aged 103, in June, earlier this year. She was well known for entertaining the troops with morale-boosting visits to the front during the Second World War and her wartime songs.
On Sunday night’s show, the professional dancers performed a special routine to the late star’s well-known hit and beloved wartime song We’ll Meet Again.
It was a special routine to mark Remembrance Sunday and began in front of a backdrop of the White Cliffs of Dover, before airing old footage of the Forces Sweetheart, Dame Vera, in action.
It then switched to the studio, with footage of war veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore featuring on a screen behind the dancers.
Viewers were moved by the stunning display and flocked to Twitter to comment on the emotional performance, with many admitting they were in tears just minutes into the show.
‘What an emotional opening I’m in tears #Strictly,’ tweeted one viewer.
‘This is so good I’m crying already #Strictly,’ another said, as one fan posted: ‘Anyone else crying #Strictly.’
‘That really was such a beautiful tribute to Dame Vera Lynn,’ wrote one viewer.
One fan tweeted: ‘Wow #Strictly. The opening dance was truly emotional and a lovely tribute to Dame Vera Lynn #RemembranceSunday A mini movie. Thank you @bbcstrictly.’
‘what an absolutely stunning performance for #RemembranceSunday and a beautiful tribute to Dame Vera Lynn @bbcstrictly #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly,’ agreed another.
One moved fan said: ‘#Strictly manage to get me with their #RemembranceSunday routine every year! That was a beautiful tribute to Vera.’
Sunday night’s show also included a special performance of Ava Marie performed by The Kanneh-Masons.
Jason, who was partnered with Luba Mushtuck, and Nicola, who is partnered with Katya Jones, were praised by judges for taking on their feedback and using it within their performances, but the panel voted unanimously to save Nicola.
Jason told host Tess Daly on his exit: ‘It was an opportunity of a lifetime. I had so much fun, thank you Luba. You have worked so hard with me, you’re a great friend for life and I appreciate all that you’ve done, I really do.’
‘I’ve had such a good time here. Everybody is wonderful. I mean really this is amazing – this is a brilliant place! This is the best group of people ever, this is amazing.’
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday November 15 on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.