Strictly viewers applaud James Blunt for special reason

Strictly Come Dancing viewers heaped extra praise of James Blunt following his performance on Sunday night.

The singer was the BBC One show’s latest musical guest.

James, 47, performed a stripped back version of his hit song Goodbye My Lover in the ballroom during the results show.

He was joined on the dancefloor by professional dancers Luba Mushtuk and Graziano Di Prima.

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And fans were quick to applaud James not just for his performance for a special reason that not all viewers may not know.

“A powerful and incredibly moving performance. James Blunt self effacing as is his modest however and very obviously massively talented and totally authentic, he’s been there, done that – total respect for a great man! Thanks for your service James and for your talent,” one said.

Another commented: “Really touching, and must have been very emotional for James as a former officer to perform on Remembrance Sunday.”

Viewers praised James for his performance

“Lovely, and an Army veteran too,” a third simply added.

A fourth tweeted: “Nice to see James Blunt on strictly being an ex serviceman himself #Respect #LestWeForget #Strictly.”

“Thank for the beautiful music, and for your service James!! @jamesblunt,” another said.

Prior to his musical fame, James was a reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army, he served under NATO during the 1999 Kosovo War.

It was after leaving the military, that he rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album Back to Bedlam, which included hit single You’re Beautiful.

James also served in the army with Prince Harry.

Following his performance, James went on to address his critics on social media.

The singer is now well known for his comebacks when criticised for his music.

He retweeted a tweet which read: “James Blunt voice goes right through me #pressesmute @bbcstrictly,” and in response, wrote back: “Coz you’re so hollow, baby.”

Luba Mushtuk and Graziano Di Prima also performed

But many Strictly viewers were loving James’ ‘beautiful’ performance.

“Such an emotional performance. Stunning,” one viewer shared.

Another said: “Absolutely brilliant performance without doubt the best of this years strictly singers. Such a wonderful voice and singing live.”

“Crying, such an emotional performance,” a third commented.

A fourth said: “One of my favourite songs ever, so beautifully performed and staged.”

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