STRICTLY’s Catherine Tyldesley and Motsi Mabuse were spotted sobbing after Will Bayley opened up about his disability on Saturday night’s show.
Motsi had to be comforted by Will, 31, following a video showing him returning to Great Ormond Street Hospital where he spent much of his childhood.
The judge and mum-of-one couldn’t control her tears and held her head in her hands after footage showed sick children cheering Will on.
And as Will and professional partner Janette Manrara mounted the stairs to hear their scores with host Claudia Winkleman, Catherine could be seen with tears streaming down her face.
The table tennis player was unaware the effect he had on the ex Corrie star, who has two children, as he celebrated his first 7 score from stand-in judge Alfonso Ribeiro.
Speaking about his disability, Will told viewers: “I didn’t think I’d struggle as much as I am with balancing. I had a great childhood but it was really challenging.
“When I was seven years old I went to Great Ormond Street and they diagnosed me with non Hodgkin lymphoma, as a seven year old to have cancer was so scary. But the doctors and the nurses were so amazing. so much support and love around me. “
Viewers admitted that the story was utterly heartbreaking and inspiring.
One person tweeted: “That was so emotional and inspiring – How AMAZING is @WillBayleytt? Who isn’t crying ??? “
And another wrote on Twitter: “I’ll be honest, I’m just counting the number of people crying in the background. I lost count”
Will was born witharthrogryposiswhich affects all four of his limbs.
I’ll be honest, I’m just counting the number of people crying in the background.
I lost count.# Strictly
– AmazingChi (@TheAmazingChi) (October) , 2019
Still crying over Will’s performance and VT. That was so beautiful.# Strictly
– Chris Hooper (@TophHooperton)October 19, 2019
Arthrogryposis is the term for conditions that cause multiple curved joints in areas of the body at birth.
It usually results in stiff joints and muscle weakness, and it is not seen as a genetic condition.
He learnt to play table tennis after he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven and his grandma bought him a table.
At the age of 12, he joined a table tennis club and went on to represent Kent’s able bodied men’s team.
He then lived and trained full time at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield at the age of 17.
The sportsman could pocket a pretty penny taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, as each celebrity is given a standard £ 25, (payment.)