Strictly Come Dancing 2016 to pay tribute to late Pete Burns with group dance

Routine was planned months before the Dead Or Alive singer's death last Sunday


Strictly Come Dancing 2016 will pay tribute to the late Pete Burns with a group dance in tonight's show, it's been revealed.

Dead or Alive frontman Pete sadly passed away aged 57 last Sunday after suffering a "massive" cardiac arrest.

Now Strictly has confirmed that the group dance for this week's Halloween-themed episode is set to his band's biggest hit, 'You Spin Me Round'.

In a statement released this morning, bosses dedicated the routine to Pete, explaining that it had been planned a long time before his death.

"Tonight's group dance is to the track 'You Spin Me Round' by Dead or Alive," a BBC spokesperson explained.

"This routine has been in the planning for months, and with the tragic news this week of Pete Burns' untimely death, we couldn't think of a better way to honour his name - and this brilliant track - than to make it the most spectacular Halloween Special group dance in the show's history. We hope you all enjoy it.

"Thanks Pete for the wonderful music."

Pete's passing was confirmed on his Twitter page on Monday. Many showbiz faces paid their respects, including some of his fellow housemates from Celebrity Big Brother.

George Galloway tweeted: "Sad to hear of the demise of Pete Burns. He was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. You don't get more brilliant than that. RIP"

Samuel Preston added: "Heartbroken to hear about Pete Burns. He was a true punk rocker and one of the kindest hearts I've ever know. Gutted."

Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 6.45pm on BBC One.

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