Strictly Come Dancing stars pay tribute to cancer-stricken Amy Dowden on NTA stage

The Strictly Come Dancing cast paid an emotional tribute to show star Amy Dowden during the National Television Awards amid her battle with breast cancer.

The professional dancer, 33, won't be able to take part in the upcoming season of Strictly as she undergoes chemotherapy treatment after announcing in May that she has cancer.

But Amy looked stunning as she attended the glitzy NTAs at London's O2 wearing a gorgeous floor-length dusty pink ball gown.

As Strictly scooped up the Talent Show award, the Welsh ballroom star joined the fellow professionals on stage.

Former contestant and The X Factor star Fleur East gave Amy a special mention as she accepted the award.

She said: "It's extra special because we are joined by the fabulous Amy Dowden on stage who looks absolutely incredible."

Television presenter and fellow Strictly star Tyler West then chimed in, saying: "We love you, Amy, honestly."

Caerphilly-born dancer Amy showed up on the red carpet of the awards on Tuesday evening in a beautiful pink tulle dress adorned.

She made a poignant nod to her diagnosis as she wore a breast cancer awareness pin, which she pointed out to the cameras.

Amy has had a mastectomy and is undergoing chemotherapy amid her devastating cancer battle.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in May, Amy then shared in June that an MRI had revealed more tumours in different parts of her body.

Bravely speaking about her cancer journey on an Instagram Live with breast cancer survivor and Paralympic gold medallist Erin Kennedy, Amy said: "For me, my journey, everything changed. I was originally going to have a lumpectomy, radiotherapy, and hormone treatment.

"But then, after my MRI, they found another tumour, so then it changed into a mastectomy, and then, after my mastectomy, unfortunately, they found even more tumours.

"And my pathology wasn't what they were expecting, and they found another type of cancer, and then they told me I needed chemo – for me, that was a massive blow.

"It wasn't in the plan originally – and I know the plan you can't get fixated on."

Getting candid about the anxiety she has experienced, she said: "I was really scared, and I didn't want to do chemo, but then seeing someone like yourself (Erin) who's carried on, and for me, straight away, it was my dancing, like, you can take away my boob, but you can't take my dancing away from me, and that's what I get really upset about."

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