Mon, 4 Mar, 2019
“I’m sobbing”: Samuel Johnson’s emotional tribute to sister Connie on DWTS
The Dancing With The Stars judges, the crowd and viewers at home were left in tears after Samuel Johnson’s emotional tribute to his sister Connie on Monday night’s episode.
The one-minute dance was an expression of the life the sibling duo shared together while Connie was alive.
After finishing off the emotional tribute, Samuel choked back tears when telling Amanda Keller how he was feeling, but managed to say: “All the feelings, can you feel it?”
The tribute was made in honour of the theme “memorable year,” Johnson choosing the year his sister passed away from breast cancer in 2017 after living with the disease for many years.
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Rainbows carry hefty pricetags, turns out.Thanks for showing me that life is what we make it to be. Thanks for teaching me that now can still be awesome, even when you've so nearly run out of now and have no more real awesome left. I wish I could soften your pain, or lessen your fear, or give you something tangible, but tangible clearly isn't in season. I'm proud to walk you to the hardest part of the road. The end. The only part of the road in your life that must sadly be travelled alone. Chin up please, amidst the growing dark my girl. Shoulders back. Stand tall through that savage march, stand big and tall, dear sister, for you have lived a life to be proud of. You've loved well, and you've been loved well which is all that really matters in the end, I suspect. I won't finish with I love you, though of course I do. I'll finish with a simple thanks. Thanks for holding my hand along the way. It's been a stunning fucking ride. I want another turn, for we've spent our lives taking turns, but cancer is greedier and stronger than us. For now. So Little Miss Connie Cottonsocks, I shall now again and proudly declare myself, very truly yours, Your ever grotty and very sad little brother, Sammy Seal. XX @samueljjohnson78
The 41-year-old's emotional performance left the crowd, Keller and the judges visibly shaken from the moment Georgia, dancing as Connie in spirit, begun to push Sam on the swing as the opening notes to See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth began to play.
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The actor told TenDaily how important the tribute to his sister was to him.
“I’m doing an amazing dance to represent our brother and sister relationship — it’ll be like our whole life story in one dance,” he said.
The duo received eights all around by judges, solidifying him a top place on this week’s round.
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Together, Sam and Connie started the Love Your Sister charity which has raised more than $6 million for cancer research, as well as provided a support community for any of those battling cancer.
The Gold Logie winner believes Connie would be happy for him to feature on Dancing With The Stars and perhaps be a little jealous too.
“My sister wanted us to raise this $10 million with joy because she always told us, ‘cancer can take my life, but it won’t take my joy’,” he said.
“So, I’ll be dancing as if she’s watching.”
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