Katherine Jenkins breaks down in tears on DWTS

There wasn’t a dry eye  in the ballroom on last night’s Dancing With Stars, with Katherine Jenkins breaking down in floods of tears after dancing a tribute to her late father Selwyn.

The Welsh singer achieved a near perfect score of 29 out of 30 for her waltz with partner Mark Ballas during an emotional Most Memorable Year week – the star chose her year as 1996, when her father died of lung cancer at the age of 70.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba choked back the tears before telling Katherine: It’s like your father’s arms were around you.’

Judge Len Goodman added: ‘The bottom line… You are a wonderful dancer,’ while Bruno called her performance ‘sensational.’

Earlier, the audience had watched a video montage where Katherine described the tragic events of 1996 when her father passed away.

Not a dry eye in the house: Katherine broke down talking about her father on the video montage
Katherine broke down talking about her father on the video montage

‘In 1996, we found out my father had lung cancer,’ Katherine told viewers. ‘I got pulled out of class by my auntie who said “Your dad’s gone into a coma and gone into a hospice.

‘It happened so quickly,’ she recalled. ‘The following day, he passed away  and I’m just glad I got the chance to say goodbye.

‘If I could go back and tell my dad I would be in America and dancing on TV for him, he just wouldn’t believe it. That’s what’s just so overwhelming. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my dad. Dad, this waltz is for you.’

Elegant: Katherine looked stunning in a sequinned lilac gown and with her blonde hair in a curled updo
Following her performance, she hugged her mother in the audience and told co-host Brooke Burke Charvet: ‘For all of us, it’s been a tough week emotionally. I’m just so pleased to celebrate my dad’s life.’

Fond memories: Video footage showed Katherine talking about her father Selwyn who died from lung cancer in 1996 when she was 15
Katherine pictured with her father Selwyn