Will Mellor, a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, touched the hearts of the nation when he sobbed live on camera and apologized to his kids.
On Saturday night (October 1), Will danced a salsa with his professional partner Nancy Xu, but the judges harshly criticized him for his “heavy” dancing.
Will was admonished by Judge Craig Revel Horwood: “I felt the flow was broken because you danced all of it just a little bit too far into the ground. Although this dance should be a mash-up of several moves, it was a little ragged in spots.”
He did acknowledge Will’s “amazing rhythm” and praised his “out of this world” performance abilities.
The former Coronation Street star was addressed by host Claudia Winkleman from the commentary box: “Since your daughter is currently hosting a Strictly party at home, I know you want to say hello to her. Salut, Renee!”
“Will said, “Yeah, Renee, Autumn, and Erin are all sitting at home watching. Sorry it wasn’t better for you kids. I made an effort.”
As Claudia told him that he had done a terrific job and received scores of sevens and sixes from the panel, there were cries of “no!” from the assembled spectators.
In order to “bring out the best in him,” Nancy said last week that she “pushed him pretty hard”; nevertheless, she later apologized to Will for “maybe pushing him too hard.”
One Twitter user wrote: “Aww, poor Will, he seemed so down but I still believe he performed extremely well” in reference to Will’s outburst, which left fans at home inconsolable.
“Not Will expressing sorry to his kids to try and tug on everyone’s emotions,” another person remarked. Stop that immediately!
“Well done Will and Nancy that was a terrific start to tonight’s program it’s a 7 from me and your kid should be proud of you,” a third person wrote.
“Will, don’t be too upset with your performance!” another person exhorted.
Will said, when asked what went wrong with the routine, “They were right, my mind went utterly blank. I reached a certain point and reflected, “I have no idea what is going to happen next.”
“I’m not sure if it’s nerves, but this is the first time I’ve opened the show. But that is what may happen in life.”