Kai Widdrington gives sweet gift to Shirley Ballas in tribute to late brother

Strictly Come Dancing star Kai Widdrington dressed as a frog to present judge Shirley Ballas with a very special gift.

The Strictly professional dancer was making an appearance on Strictly it Takes Two when he dressed up in the hilarious costume – much to the delight of his fans on Twitter.

Kai, 26, was in the studio alongside his celebrity dance partner AJ Odudu for a chat with host Rylan Clarke when he was summoned to help out with a special treat for Shirley.

The former dancer has previously admitted that she "loves and collects" frogs so Rylan wanted to give her an amphibian themed surprise for a very touching reason.

Shirley, 61, confirmed that collects the trinkets because they remind her of her late brother David, who sadly took his own life 17 years ago.

Rylan then summoned Kai dressed in the comical outfit to deliver Shirley a sparkling green glittery frog statue, complete with its own glitterball, inspired by the coveted Strictly Come Dancing winners trophy.

Shirley appeared delighted with the touching tribute as she admitted it is the anniversary of her brother's death in the coming weeks.

She said: "You have no idea how much this means, particularly like I say, because his anniversary is coming up, I couldn't have wished for anything more beautiful."

Rylan quickly responded: "Well that is exactly what we wanted to do for you."

Meanwhile, fans of the show were just delighted with Kai in general and took to Twitter to heap praise on the star.

One wrote: "@Kaiwidd as a frog is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving!!!"

Another added: "If I could love @Kaiwiddvany more…"

A third joined in: "Kai is just the greatest man, even in a frog suit I adore him."

Shirley has previously opened up about her brother – who was just 44 years old when he died – when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief in 2020.

At the time she said she heard his voice speaking to her, and it helped her complete the final stages of the challenge.

She told The Sun: "A few days in I suddenly started feeling very panicky, then I was having a nosebleed and starting to vomit. But what came into my mind was worse than anything physical," she said.

“I couldn’t control my emotions, and I can only assume it was the altitude. It plays tricks on your mind and makes for a very lonely, sad experience.

“But something else happened too, which I found immensely comforting. On one of our final days reaching the summit, I distinctly heard my brother talking to me.

“All he said was ‘Shirley’, but it sounded exactly like him, and it was a reminder of why I was doing all this, just when I needed it most.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday, December 4, at 6.40 pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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