Strictly’s Judi Love breaks down as she dedicates Waltz to her late parents

Loose Women star Judi Love fought back tears as she dedicated her latest Strictly Come Dancing routine to her mum and dad, who have both sadly passed away

Strictly: Judi Love dedicates Waltz to her late parents

Strictly Come Dancing’s Judi Love broke down in tears on Saturday evening as she performed a very special Waltz.

The 41-year-old comedian decided to dance the routine to Mariah Carey’s Hero with her professional partner Graziano Di Prima, and it did not disappoint.

Before they took to the floor, Judi spoke about the dance during the VT as her and Graziano began rehearsals.

“This dance I’m going to dedicate to my parents because they loved their dancing, they loved their music, they are my heroes,” Judi told Graziano.

“I lost my mum about 11 years ago, my dad five months ago,” Judi continued, as Graziano asked her: “Are you like your parents in any way?”

Strictly Come Dancing’s Judi Love broke down in tears on Saturday evening as she performed a very special Waltz

“Both of my parents had a lot of personality,” she replied as Graziano commented: “That’s why you are like that!”

“My mum, she brought so much light. Unfortunately she had many strokes and she had dementia,” Judi said, choking back tears.

“It takes away all that personality and I think that’s what I struggled with, and with my dad, up until his last days he knew what was going on,” Judi added.

Judi had dedicated the dance to her late parents and gave partner Graziano a big hug once they had finished

The mother-of-two looked absolutely stunning as she glided across the floor in a beautiful blue gown, and broke down as she hugged Graziano at the end.

Head judge Shirley Ballas certainly looked moved by the dance and told Judi that she had done her parents proud.

“I felt your emotion and I felt your pain, and I felt that you gave all that you had their for your parents,” she told Judi.

“I mean you are one unique, beautiful human being – inside and out,” Shirley added.

Anton Du Beke described it was “absolutely lovely” and said she had “moved nicely across the floor”.

But Craig wasn’t so complimentary but said he wasn’t going to list everything that was wrong with it.

Still choked up from the emotional performance, Judi also paid tribute to her “hero sister” Sharon as she spoke to host Claudia Winkleman before receiving her scores.

As a clip of Sharon in the studio audience flashed up on the screen, Judi said: “She is one of my heroes.

“When my mum first had her aneurysm when I was nine, my sister was only 18 and she fully took care of me and our home,” Judi said as Graziano comforted her.

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