‘It’s been huge not just for me, but for her too’: Strictly’s Will Mellor reveals he wants to win Glitterball Trophy so he can hand it over to his mother

Will Mellor has revealed he wants to win this year’s Glitterball Trophy so that he can hand it straight over to his mother Shirley.

The Coronation Street actor, 46, has made it to the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing alongside his professional dance partner Nancy Xu.

Speaking to The Mirror, Will’s mother has been one of his biggest supporters and has been wearing a ‘Team Will’ T-shirt since the show started.

Family: Will Mellor has revealed he wants to win this year’s Glitterball Trophy so that he can hand it straight over to his mother Shirley (pictured with his mother and father Bill)

He said: ‘I am dreaming of winning the show so I can give my mum the trophy and put it on her mantelpiece.

‘Strictly has been huge, not just for me but for her too. It fills her day and gives her something to look forward to.’

She has a ‘Team Will’ T-shirt that she wears every week. She puts it on in the morning and doesn’t take it off until she goes to bed.’

Will, who said he rings his mother everyday, added that she’s the first person he calls after each of his weekly performances to check she enjoyed it. 

Support:  Will’s mother has been one of his biggest supporters and has been wearing a ‘Team Will’ T-shirt since the show started

The actor is in the semi-final alongside Fleur East, Helen Skelton, Molly Rainford and Hamza Yassin.

The show has been moved to Sunday from its usual Saturday slot due to the World Cup game between England and France.

It comes after Will struggled to fight back the tears on Strictly last month as he and Nancy Xu danced to his late father’s favourite song.

The Four Pints of Lager actor lost his dad Bill suddenly in 2020 – just two weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Emotional: Will struggled to fight back the tears during an episode last month as he and Nancy Xu danced to his late father’s favourite song

Loss: The Four Pints of Lager actor, 46 lost his dad Bill suddenly in 2020 – just two weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer

And after performing a Waltz to Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie and the Commodores, which was dedicated to his parent, Will was overcome with emotion.

In his VT, Will, explained: ‘It’s a song that my dad used to sing to my mum. This dance is two people moving as one, two hearts beating as one, that’s what we want. 

He was also seen video-calling his mother as she urged him to ‘hold it together’ and noted that they’d ‘been trough some tough times’.

The star and Nancy then wowed with a stunning routine and as the dance ended, Will stood looking up at the ceiling with his arms held wide, as she struggled to hold back his tears.  

Nancy said of her partner: ‘I think he did amazing and when we’re talking this dance, we’re not just dancing for this moment, we want to dedicate this dance to anyone who lost their loved ones and didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.’ 

Routine: And after performing a Waltz to Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie and the Commodores, which was dedicated to his parent, Will was overcome with emotion.

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