Shirley Ballas, one of the judges on Strictly Come Dancing, couldn't hold back her emotions during Annabel Croft's performance on the show. The tennis star and her professional partner, Johannes Radebe, performed an American Smooth on the Tower Ballroom dance floor. The routine was so moving that even viewers at home were left in tears.
Annabel and Johannes danced to the song "Unchained Melody," with Annabel wearing a stunning blue dress with a sparkling neckline. The couple's emotional connection was clearly felt by the audience, including Shirley Ballas. When host Tess Daly approached Shirley for her feedback, she was seen clutching a tissue as the routine had deeply affected her.
Shirley's Emotional Response
Shirley, who is 63 years old, expressed her admiration for the performance, saying, "Well, I have to have another tissue now because this was just so extraordinarily beautiful. You're so calm, you're so kind. We've watched you from the beginning when you were very, very nervous. To watch you here at Blackpool, your plie with your beautiful breath, your sense of time, your energy, and your love for each other was just absolutely spellbinding. Well done."
Viewers of the show were equally moved by Annabel and Johannes' performance. One viewer tweeted, "So emotional watching Johannes and Annabel. That was stunning and the pride on his face brings me to tears!" Another viewer added, "Annabel's dance was the first this season to make me cry. Either way. Beautiful." The emotional routine also touched the hearts of the judges, who awarded the couple a total of 35 points.
Strictly Come Dancing is available on BBC iPlayer.