Alexandra Burke’s first appearance on Strictly Come Dancing turned out to be an emotional one.
Alexandra’s mother, Soul II Soul singer, Melissa Bell passed away at the end of last month and she broke down in tears on Saturday evening.
She revealed the news on Instagram to her 113k Instagram followers in a heartbreaking statement.
Saturday’s Strictly was the series debut and Alexandra was brought to tears after her Waltz with dance partner Gorka Márquez
When the judges gave their feedback, new judge Shirley Ballas said: “Well I can see that this dance meant something to you and I got quite carried away with emotions with you.
“You really are a true feeler so if you have feeling everything else will come. I think you’re probably going to be a front runner after what I’ve seen you’re going to be doing a lot of ballroom throughout the series.”
At this point Alexandra started sobbing. Tess Daly put her arm around her and said: “Sweetheart”
Claudia Winkleman asked her: “Are you alright? You’ve had such a hard time. Just so you know, we were willing you through it and you did it so beautifully.”
Alexandra explained her Aunty and Brother were in the audience, as she started to cry again.
She said: “It’s really overwhelming, it has been great.”
Claudia replied: “So you will be with them, you did brilliantly, we’re so proud of you and you’re fantastic.”
See the dance and Alexandra’s reaction below: