'Dancing On Ice' leaves viewers emotional with tearjerking episode

Katie Archer
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Lady Leshurr and Brendyn Hatfield skating to 'No One'
'Dancing On Ice' TV show, Series 13, Episode 7, Hertfordshire, UK - 07 Mar 2021
Lady Leshurr brought viewers to tears (Photo by Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)

The Dancing On Ice semi-final was an emotional evening for viewers as the remaining celebrities shared some heartbreaking stories that inspired their routines.

In tonight's show Faye Brooks, Colin Jackson, Lady Leshurr and Sonny Jay all performed twice, sharing a personal story for their second skates.

Brooks was up first, and tearfully told the moving story of her brother Jack's 10-year battle with leukaemia, which he has now recovered from.

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Faye Brookes and Matt Evers - The Best
'Dancing On Ice' TV show, Series 13, Episode 7, Hertfordshire, UK - 07 Mar 2021
Faye Brooks spoke about her brother's cancer battle (Photo by Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)

Talking about him being diagnosed as a child, she said: "My whole world had been taken away from me in that split second and the first thing I thought was why did it happen to me because I didn't want that for him."

Viewers shared how affected they were by Brooks' story, which left many of them in tears.

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The judges were so impressed by her emotional routine that they scored her a perfect 40, just the second of the series as Lady Leshurr had picked up the first top score earlier in the evening.

Lady Leshurr also had a heartbreaking story to share as she talked about her sister Carmen who she lost to breast cancer a year ago.

She said: "We never knew that my sister had cancer, it was a thing that she kept to herself for a very long time."

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Lady Leshurr and Brendyn Hatfield skating to 'No One'
'Dancing On Ice' TV show, Series 13, Episode 7, Hertfordshire, UK - 07 Mar 2021
Lady Leshurr paid tribute to her sister (Photo by Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)

Talking about her mum telling her that her sister had died, she said: "I just dropped on the floor. I was shattered, broken, lost."

Lady Leshurr dedicated her skate not only to Carmen, but also to her brother-in-law who had died three years earlier, and her mum who took in their children to live with her.

Judge Christopher Dean broke down in tears during his critique of the skate, telling her: "I feel for you."

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Jay opened up about his own personal trauma as he told the story of losing his best friend Joe, who had been a producer on his Capital FM show.

He was clearly emotional as he said: "We've lost a good one, that's all I can say."

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Jackson lifted viewers' spirits with a sweet tribute to his parents' relationship and their family life.

Next week sees the final of Dancing On Ice, which is taking place a week early after five celebrities were forced to drop out of the series through injury or positive COVID tests.

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