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'Everyone cried' Strictly Come Dancing pays tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth in launch show

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Strictly Come Dancing has paid tribute to the late Sir Bruce Forsyth in its launch show.

TV legend Sir Brucie, who hosted the show for a decade between 2004 an 2014, sadly passed away last month.

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His manager announced on Friday that the telly star had died peacefully following ill health, having last made a public appearance on Strictly's Christmas special in 2015.

Shortly afterwards, Strictly bosses announced plans to pay tribute in the first episode of the BBC One show since his passing.

The pro dancers together a big performance for this weekend's launch show, which was filmed on Tuesday night.

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Bruce Forsyth

2017 Strictly contestant Rev Richard Coles tweeted after the filming: "#Strictly dancers' tribute to Brucie. Everybody CRIED."

Strictly’s executive producer Louise Rainbow said of the plans: “The thoughts of everyone here are still very much with Sir Bruce’s family.

“Of course, we will be paying tribute to Sir Bruce at our launch show and this will include a heartfelt performance from our Strictly professional dancers.

“We all want to celebrate him and all that he loved about the show. Sir Bruce was, and will always be, a huge part of Strictly Come Dancing.”

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Sir Bruce had hosted Strictly alongside Tess Daly before retiring, replaced on the main show by Claudia Winkleman.

The ladies will be back this weekend to introduce the Strictly class of 2017. They include The Saturdays' Mollie King, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, Host of ITV's This Morning and regular Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford, Reverend Richard Coles, and soap actress Gemma Atkinson.

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Also on the official line up are TV chef and presenter Simon Rimmer, Holby City actor Joe McFadden, BBC Radio 4 comic Susan Calman, JLS singer Aston Merrygold and comic Brian Conley.

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They're joined by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu, X Factor winner turned West End star Alexandra Burke, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, and Debbie McGee, TV personality, presenter and the widow of magician Paul Daniels.

Strictly Come Dancing begins Saturday, September 7 at 7PM.