Amy Dowden reacts to heartwarming tribute from fellow Strictly professional ahead of live show

Amy Dowden smiles on the red carpet
Amy Dowden smiles on the red carpet (Anthony Devlin)

It's the first of this year's Strictly Come Dancing live shows on Saturday night and one person who everyone will be thinking about is Amy Dowden.

The professional dancer, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, took to her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, after fellow Strictly star, Dianne Buswell, revealed her first dance with her partner, Bobby Brazier, will be in tribute to Amy.

A screenshot of Dianne Buswell's message to Amy
Amy and Ben tied the knot earlier this year

The song choice, as explained by Dianne on her Instagram Stories, is It's All About You, by McFly. Not only did Tom Fletcher, lead singer of the band, partner with Amy when he starred on the show in 2021, but he also performed the number at Amy's wedding last year, where Dianne was a bridesmaid.

Dianne wrote: "Another reason why this is a special song to dance to tomorrow [pink love heart emoji]. @amydowden and Ben, @tomfletcher. Always makes me think of this special moment [pink love heart emoji]."

Dianne Buswell in a pink bridesmaids dress with Amy Dowden in a wedding dress
Dianne was one of Amy's bridesmaids (Instagram)

"The best @amydowden @tomfletcher" alongside a slew of more pink love heart emojis. The flame-haired ballroom star penned the words alongside a clip of the touching moment Tom sang for Amy and Ben on their special day.

Amy replied writing: "Can't wait to watch you @diannebuswell and @bobbybrazier," as well as a string of hand emojis shaped like hearts.

Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher and Amy Dowden
Tom Fletcher partnered Amy when he appeared on the show in 2021, and performed at her wedding (@mrsgifletcher/Instagram)

Amy also shared a photo of her own official Strictly 2023 photo ahead of the show and looked so beautiful in her glittery gown and Latin shoes.

Alongside the image, she penned: "Happy live show day @bbcstrictly [pink love heart emoji] wishing the entire team a fabulous show and I know it’s going to be amazing! I’ve been kept up to date with the pros and a few sneaky FaceTimes!

Amy Dowden had her 2023 Strictly Come Dancing picture taken
Amy Dowden had her 2023 Strictly Come Dancing picture taken (Ray Burmiston)

"Literally can’t wait to watch and support you all. Hopefully, I'll be there in a few weeks [praying hands and pink love heart emoji] #my2023officialpic #keepdancing #strictlycomedancing #friends #strictlyfamily #thebestshow."

The comments were flooded by members of her Strictly Come Dancing family, with Dianne being one of the first to rush in. She penned: "Thinking of you we all miss you… but I already have a smile on my face thinking of this time next year when you're gonna be back dancing with us again xxxx."

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Giovanni Pernice added: "Love ya darling [heart emoji] xxxx." Katya Jones wrote: "We gonna miss you sooo much tonight! Will do everything to make you proud." Claudia Winkleman replied: "We love you [red love heart emoji]." Motsi Mabuse added: "We are love you," amongst a number of red love heart emojis.