Strictly’s Rhys Stephenson apologises for tears as he addresses host Claudia’s ‘low’ move

Strictly: Rhys tears up after watching video message

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Rhys Stephenson, 28, has taken to Instagram to apologise for his show of emotion after he cried on Strictly Come Dancing. The CBBC presenter broke down after finishing a waltz with partner Nancy Xu, 30. 

Sorry for becoming Bruce Willis in Friends but I think it hit me properly…

Rhys Stephenson

The star performed to You Light Up My Life, by Debby Boone. 

The couple have had lows and highs, alternating between the dance off and getting high scores. 

Rhys was apprehensive in making sure they weren’t in the bottom two once again. 

After he’d calmed down, Rhys began crying again after receiving a message from his grandparents, telling him they were proud. 

Rhys commented on his reactions online, saying: “So that was a bit of an over pouring of emotion, sorry for becoming Bruce Willis in Friends but I think it hit me properly where I am and what a dream come true all of this is. 

“Thank you for enjoying our waltz, it was the first time I felt absolute peace on that dance floor. 

“Also, @claudiawinkle, playing my grandparents after!? That was low.”

Many of Rhys’ 24,500 followers were quick to offer him their support, including some of his co-stars. 

Tanyau84 said: “Oh Rhys I cried along with you and just wanted to hug you and tell you how amazing you were. 

“You did another awesome job out there tonight loved it once again. Keep going keep smiling you’ve got this!”(sic) 


“You were magical and had me on tears too before you’d even stopped dancing. Elegant, graceful & full of feeling.”

Partner Nancy_xuxi said: “YOU DID IT JUST AMAZING.”

Craig Revel-Horwood gave Rhys and Nancy a seven, while Cynthia Erivo, standing in for Motsi Mabuse as she self-isolates, gave them a nine, Shirley Ballas also gave them a nine and Anton Du Beke gave them a ten, with a total of 35. 

Cynthia told Rhys and Nancy: “I love the connection the two of you have on that dancefloor, you move with such grace, I just want you to breathe more.”

Shirley added: “You have astounded me from the top to the bottom, it was beautiful.

“It had grace, it had charm, I felt your emotion. I just want to give you a hug and say well done.”

Craig’s feedback was much more mixed, as he told Rhys: “I felt you were following and not leading this dance.

“For me it lacked drive completely, there was no swing, there was no sway, that is what made it look square and blocky.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 continues tonight at 7.20pm on BBC One. 

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