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Strictly 2021: Ugo Monye dedicates joyful first samba to his late father as a ‘celebration’ of his life on day of funeral

Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse’s samba was dedicated to his dad’s memory (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing kicked off with its first live show on Saturday and viewers were soon left emotional after Ugo Monye dedicated his first dance to his late father.

The sports pundit and rugby player, 38, performed a joyful samba with his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse for his first dance, dressed head to toe in hot pink.

He and Oti made sure their performance was one to be remembered as they kicked off by banging on drums which were on fire before launching into the dance itself.

After impressing most of the judges with his snake hips, Ugo revealed that he was dedicating the performance to his late father, who died a few weeks ago and whose funeral was the same morning.

Speaking to Claudia as he waited for his scores, Ugo explained: ‘My dad passed away a couple of weeks ago of prostate cancer and we had his funeral this morning.

‘During the funeral they spoke about today being a celebration and that’s exactly how today felt. There’s no better way of celebrating than by dancing.’


Ugo was awarded 18 out of a possible 40 from the judges for the performance, after the commented that his voltas were the wrong way round, but that he brought joy to the show nonetheless.

He is paired with reigning champion Oti, who has won the coveted glitterball trophy for the past two years running with partners Kelvin Fletcher and Bill Bailey.

Ugo had been teasing his performance on the show ahead of the big night, sharing a post of him with Oti as he told fans: ‘Toughest week yet but all ready for the SAMBA Saturday night!’

He then added: ‘#TeamUgoti Rehearsals done, flip flops off, dancing shoes on. First LIVE show. Tonight. 7pm on @bbcone.’

Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturdays from 7pm.


Credit: Original article published here.

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