STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas was seen holding back tears after Greg Wise’s “moving” dance for his late sister.
The star took to the floor alongside professional partner Karen Hauer for the Disco-inspired number that equally moved viewers at home.
Greg, 55, who is best known for his role in Sense and Sensibility, danced to “If You Could Read My Mind” by Ultra Naté, Amber and Jocelyn Enrique.
Before twisting and turning on the floor, he told cameras the dance was dedicated to his sister Clare, who died of cancer in 2016 aged 51.
“People who’ve left us have never left us, they come back, they visit us, we can dance with them, and they leave again. That’s what this was about,” he explained of the dance.
The judges were impresed with his moves as well as the touching tribute, as head judge Shirley fought back tears as she praised the “moving” number.
Fans chimed in on Twitter: “Greg Wise has me in tears before he’s even took to the dance floor, talking about caring for his sister.”
“Really moving tribute from Greg Wise for his sister Clare & a fabulous performance,” another gushed.
Read our Strictly Come Dancing live blog for the latest updates…
FROM BOTTOM OF THE LEADERBOARD TO TOP?
Could Sara go from the bottom to the top of the leaderboard?
Head judge Shirley said there “isn’t a score high enough” for their dance.
SARA AND ALJAZ WOW CRAIG
“Abolutely incredible – ballroom is defintely your bag, my darling – that was incredible,” he said of their foxtrot.
Motsi chimed in: “Just amazing. The power of simplicity. Well done!”
Rose and Giovanni scored an impressive 26 points. Will that be enough to keep them safe in the competition?
ROSE CHOKED UP OVER FRIENDS MESSAGES
The EastEnders actres could be seen fighting back tears as her friends sent her a video message from their honeymoon in Malta.
“That’s so lovely,” she said with tears forming in her eyes.
THE JUDGES LOVED IT
“You had it from the moment you started!” Anton praised Rose of her performance. “The body movement is magnificent!”
Craig chimed in: “You have a natural feel for this dance, I think you did a magnificant job!”
ROSE AND GIOVANNI SALSA!
Strictly’s first deaf contestant had the audience in awe as they performed a stunning Salsa!
All hands were waving in the air for the pair over the “fearless” performance.
MOTSI AND SHIRLEY ARE ON THEIR FEET
And the judges scores were in keeping with how impressed they were – as Anton screamed the dance was “amazing”!
They’ve shot up the leaderboard with a strong 27 points.
ROB AND DIANNE TACKLE THE TANGO
We think it’s the first time we’ve seen Rob without a smile…
HIGH PRAISE FOR JUDI’S SAMBA
The judges loved Judi’s “twerking” as she shook her booty for the cameras.
“You brought the party and we all loved it,” said hostess Tess as they headed off to receive their scores – an impressive 25 points.
THE BALLROOM HAVE GONE MAD!
They’re on their feet for Judi and Graziano after they “shook their things” to Sean Paul’s hit Get Busy. WILD!
JUDI TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH GRAZIANO
They’re dancing to Sean Paul’s Get Busy – and giving it BIG energy!
FIRST NINE OF THE SEASON
But fans aren’t happy about it and think it’s “too soon”.
“Nobody should be given 8’s or 9’s in WEEK TWO,” one wrote, as a second agreed: “9?! Oh please!”
TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD?
AJ and Kai have matched the highest score of the night!
They were awarded an amazing 31 points from the judges for their stunning Foxtrot – with Motsi giving them a 9!
FANS GO WILD FOR AJ
“Okay these two are pretty great,” one fan wrote to Twitter of her dance alongside professional Kai.
“Lovely pivots and no falling down. Beautiful!” another chimed in.
And judge Craig agreed – calling their dance “classy and elegant”!
AJ AND KAI TACKLE THE FOXTROT
And don’t they look great doing it!
AJ joked she would have to take “motion sickness tablets” to stop her from getting dizzy on the dance floor. With all those twists and turns, we can see why!
HIGH PRAISE FOR JOHN!
He got an EIGHT from Craig! Giving him the highest score of the night so far with a HUGE total of 31.
CRAIG LOVES IT!
“Style, power and punch – I loved it!” simple yet high praise from Craig Revel-Horwood from Johannes and John…
Will their scores match up with the comments?
FANS GO WILD OVER JOHANNES AND JOHN
They’re taking to Twitter in their droves to cheer on the couple.
“I LOVE THESE TWO SO MUCH,” one gushed, as a second agreed: “Johannes is in his ELEMENT.”
“That was a glorious Cha Cha!” a third said.
JOHANNES AND JOHN TO CHA CHA CHA!
The series’ first all-male dancing couple looked excited behind the scenes as they prepared their Cha Cha earlier this week.
They’re set to perform to Years & Years tune Starstuck tonight.
CRAIG’S SHOCKING SCORE
He was booed as he handed out a measly ‘3’ to Greg and Karen.
But nonetheless, the pair managed to rack up an impressive 23 points thanks to the generosity of the other judges.
GREG’S EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE
The star took time to pay respects to his late sister on the show.
“People who have left us have never left us – we can dance again – and that was what this was all about,” he told the cameras.
GREG AND KAREN SHIMMY AND SHAKE
And their Disco-inspired number impressed the judges.
Head judge Shirley Ballas struggled to fight back tears as she described the dance – performed in honour of Greg’s sister Claire – as “moving”.
THE JUDGES ARE IMPRESSED
The scores are in. Katie and Gorka have scored 21 for their jive!
GORKA AND KATIE TAKE TO THE FLOOR
And they look thrilled with their jive! Electric!
NOT A GREAT SCORE…
Despite his high praise in last week’s show – Adam failed to impress the judges this week, scoring a measly 19.