Strictly’s Katya Jones in tears as DIY SOS guest shares tribute to late father

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    Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones was left in tears after a DIY SOS star shared an emotional tribute to her late father.

    The professional dancer, 34, joined several of her co-stars including Luba Mushtuck, Nancy Xu and Graziano Di Prima for a special episode of the BBC DIY series, hosted by Nick Knowles.

    The Strictly stars joined forces with the presenter and his team for an exciting project, transforming a performing arts school in Wallsend, North Tyneside.

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    DIY SOS – Strictly Special saw the team transform the building used by charity True Colours, which supports children and young adults of all abilities who have a passion for dance.

    During the episode, Katya met keen dancer Charis who has Down syndrome.

    The 20-year-old explained that her father Bruce passed away just a few weeks before filming and she has turned to dance to help cope with her grief.

    Charis told Katya she would be performing a contemporary dance as a tribute to her father who she described as "handsome" and "charismatic".

    As Charis took to the stage, she performed her solo to Stand By Me by Ben E King as a selection of family photos appeared on screen behind her.

    She was then joined by other members of True Colours before a heartfelt message was projected on screen, saying: "I love and miss you forever Dad. Love Charis x".

    The emotional tribute touched everyone's hearts as Katya could be seen wiping away her tears during the performance.

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    While Nick, 60, was also tearful during the routine as he told viewers: "Not a dry eye in the house".

    Katya added: "To see on stage her looking beautiful in the dress and totally telling the story, I was just so proud.

    "It was a wonderful demonstration of why they deserve this so much. It’s going to change their lives 100%."

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