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Alesha Dixon pays tribute to Bruce Forsyth as she remembers his 'priceless support'

Alesha Dixon's tribute came after Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman remembered the late presenter on Strictly Come Dancing over the weekend (09-10Sep17).

Alesha Dixon was "deeply saddened" by the death of Sir Bruce Forsyth.

The former Mis-Teeq singer worked with the TV veteran when she acted as a judge on talent show Strictly Come Dancing between 2009 and 2012, following her win on the programme in 2007.

Bruce died in August after battling ill health, and Alesha remembered her co-star and pal in an emotional interview with OK! magazine.

"I was deeply saddened by it," she told the publication of his death. "It really affected me. (Bruce) played a massive part in my life, he gave me priceless advice and support over the years and I'll always love him."

Her comments come after Strictly Come Dancing paid tribute to Bruce during the launch show of the new series over the weekend (09-10Sep17). The show's professional dancers performed an elegant routine to Frank Sinatra's classic Fly Me To The Moon in his memory, while former co-host Tess Daly delivered an emotional eulogy.

"Bruce was always there to support each and every contestant... It was a twinkle in his eye. He just wanted to have fun," she said. "Bruce, the host with the most. And a true gentleman until the end. For entertaining the nation with every song, joke and dance, thank you. Bruce, partner, we'll miss you.

"Our thoughts are with his dear wife Winnie, his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Everyone, and I mean everyone, at Strictly, is thinking of you."

Claudia Winkleman, who replaced Bruce when he stepped away from his Strictly presenting duties in 2013, added: "He was a legend to so many people, but to us at Strictly, he was just Brucie. It was his hard work, dedication and professionalism that helped make this show what it is today."

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