Strictly Come Dancing has paid tribute to the late Pete Burns tonight with a group dance to ‘You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)’.
The famous dance-pop song became a Number One hit for the singer’s band Dead Or Alive in 1985. It returned to charts again over 20 years later following Burns’ appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.
The show announced the tribute performance on Twitter before tonight’s show aired, explaining that a group dance to ‘You Spin Me Round’ had been in the works before Burns passed.
“Tonight’s group dance is to the track ‘You Spin Me Round’ by Dead Or Alive,” Strictly explained. “This routine has been in planning for months, and with the tragic news this week of Pete Burns’ untimely death, we couldn’t think of better way to honour his name – and this brilliant track – than to make it the most spectacular Halloween Special group dance in the show’s history.”
“We hope you all enjoy it. Thanks Pete for the wonderful music.”
— BBC Strictly Press (@bbcstrictlyPR) October 29, 2016
After the show’s dancers has performed in Halloween outfits to ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reminded viewers that Burns, the track’s co-writer and performer, had passed away earlier this week. They also sent their love to his family.
Pete Burns’ family announced on Tuesday that the Dead Or Alive frontman had passed away after suffering a “massive cardiac arrest”. He was 57 years old.
Burns rose to fame as the frontman of ’80s pop band Dead Or Alive, who notched up Top 20 hits with ‘Lover Come Back To Me’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Something In My House’.
However, their best-known song by far was ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’, which made Number One in March 1985 after a 17-week climb to the top of the charts. It was the first Number One single produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman “hit factory” who would go on to dominate British pop later in the decade.
It became a Top Five hit again in 2006 after Burns appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, where he finished fifth.
Celebrity Big Brother gave Burns, who was known for his sharp tongue, flamboyant dress sense and love of cosmetic surgery, a second career as a popular and often caustic TV personality.