Strictly pros audition with Kerri-Anne Donaldson in BGT video | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV
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Strictly Come Dancing stars have been paying tribute to their friend and fellow dancer Kerri-Anne Donaldson who has died aged 38.

Her unexpected death was announced by her sister Cara who shared a series of photographs on Facebook.

She wrote: “My heart hurts and my world has just collapsed around me. My beautiful baby sister is no longer with us and I don’t know how to process it.

“I love you Kerri, you’re my best friend, we were inseparable and right now I don’t know how to fill the void. Be peaceful and hold Nan tight.”

Since the sad news, a video has emerged of Kerri-Anne with some of the Strictly stars who auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent nine years ago.

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She performed alongside Strictly pros Kai Widdrington, 27, Neil Jones, 41, and his ex-wife Katya Jones, 34, who were still together at the time.

They performed for the BGT judges as the dance group Kings and Queens who danced to various Latin American numbers and got four yes votes.

After their first audition, Simon Cowell told the group: “We’ve had some great dance groups on this show over the years, I think itwas incredible.”

Fellow judge Alesha Dixon exclaimed she would “eat my arm” if they didn’t make it to the final but Kings and Queens ended up only making it to the semi-finals.

Viewers thought at the time that there could have been a romance brewing between Kerri-Anne and her dance partner Kai.

When asked by Alesha about their relationships, Neil pointed to himself and Katya stating: “We’re married, actually we’re all like couples, and some are getting closer together.”

Kerri-Anne and Kai could then be seen giggling together with Neil shooting them a knowing look.

Paying tribute to his former friend and dance partner, Kai shared a picture of himself and Kerri-Anne on Instagram.

He wrote: “Heartbroken to hear such sad news that my friend @kerri_annedonaldson is no longer with us.

“We shared some amazing moments together, memories that will last a lifetime.

“Your infectious smile will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to call you their friend. May you rest in peace.”

Britain’s Got Talent is available to watch on ITVX.

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