Bobby Brazier reveals ‘daunting’ BBC Strictly Come Dancing tribute to mum Jade Goody

Bobby Brazier's mum Jade Goody died aged 27 with cervical cancer when the Strictly Come Dancing star was just five-years-old, but the EastEnders actor honoured his mum on the show

Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell on Strictly Come Dancing

Bobby Brazier felt it was a “privilege” to honour his late mother Jade Goody with his Couple’s Choice routine on Strictly Come Dancing last week.

The EastEnders star, who plays Freddie Slater, performed an emotional routine to This Woman’s Work by Maxwell with professional partner Dianne Buswell. Bobby’s routine was praised by the judges and earned him a score of 37 points.

Bobby said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if he got his confidence on the Strictly dance floor from his late mother, who died when the EastEnders actor was just five-years-old, in 2009 aged 27 with cervical cancer. Reflecting on how it felt to perform the routine in memory of his mother, he said: “It was a privilege. I knew (for) my couple’s choice I wanted (it) to be that.

“Although it was daunting to perform because that song is perfect… but I’m really, really, really glad I did.” Bobby received a standing ovations from head judge Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse for the performance and admitted he had been sent a lot of positive messages on social media from fans.

Jade Goody with son Bobby

Bobby’s mum Jade died when he was five-years-old 


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He said: “It really touched people, which is what I wanted to do so I welcomed all the love. We communicated, we translated something to people and that’s what I wanted to do.

“I think that’s what happens when you dance authentically and from your heart. So I’m really glad that that happened.” Discussing his father, Jeff Brazier’s thoughts on his dancing ability, he said: “He’s shocked and he doesn’t know where I get whatever it is that makes one get to the quarter-finals in Strictly from, because he doesn’t see so much of that in himself.”

Asked if he thinks that special quality may have been passed on from his mother, he said: “Could be, I’m not sure, I wouldn’t be surprised though.” This week for the quarter-finals he took on the salsa to (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life from the hit 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.

Dianne revealed she had never done the lift within their routine before with any professional dancer on any show she has worked on as it is “very difficult”. The Australian dancer said she decided to incorporate it into the routine now as the stakes were getting higher as they were getting further into the competition.

“He’s done a great job and I feel really safe in his hands,” she added. Reflecting on his time on the show so far, Bobby said it has taught him “so many things” – including what hard work feels like and how to be with someone intensely everyday.

He added that he also feels like he has grown up more while competing on the show, to which Dianne agreed, saying: “From those first two weeks ’til now, (you’re) like a different person.”


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