Strictly Come Dancing paid a heart-wrenching tribute to late former host Bruce Forsyth on Saturday night's launch show.

Presenter Tess Daly broke into tears as the tribute began, which saw the show's professional dancers perform a ballroom dance to Frank Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon which Forsyth once sang on the Strictly stage.

There were also a number of filmed tributes from show judges and previous contestants including a comment from Darcey Bussell who said: "It is incredibly odd to think he is not around, but I bet he is watching".

Forsyth died last month at the age of 89.

Daly worked with Forsyth on the BBC dancing competition show for more than a decade since its first ever episode. She said: "Sadly, somebody very, very close to our hearts is no longer with us. We were all devastated when we heard the news."

Her current co-presenter Claudia Winkleman added: "We all miss him dreadfully. He was so warm and loving, the kindest man in the whole world."

The glittering launch show also revealed the line-up of dancing couples for the first time.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are emotional as Strictly pays tribute to Bruce Forsyth

Former JLS singer Aston Merrygold was paired with Janette Manrara, Brian Conley with newcomer Amy Dowden and EastEnders' Davood Ghadami with Nadiya Bychkova.

Paralympian Jonnie Peacock was joined with Oti Mabuse, Rev Richard Coles with Dianne Buswell and TV chef Simon Rimmer with Karen Clifton.

Singer Alexandra Burk will be dancing with Gorka Marquez, newsreader Charlotte Hawkins will be taking the stage with Brendan Cole, actress Chizzy Akudolu with Pasha Kovalev and entertainer Debbie McGee with Giovanni Pernice.

Meanwhile, The Saturdays' Mollie King will be taking the stage with AJ Pritchard, while soap star Gemma Atkinson will be accompanied by Aljaz Skorjanec.

This Morning's Ruth Langsford was delighted to be partnered with show veteran Anton Du Beke and joked that she could not wait to make her husband and co-presenter Eamonn Holmes "jealous". Finally, it was an emotional moment for comedian Susan Calman who welled up when she was joined with her show favourite Kevin Clifton.

The star-studded evening also welcomed brand new head judge Shirley Ballas, who stunned with her dancing skills as she made her first entrance to the show alongside returning panellists Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

The show kept a few surprises up its sleeve including performances from Shania Twain and Rita Ora and a dance from last year's winners Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton, who took to the stage with their jive to Bruno Mars' Runaway Baby.

This year's contestants and professional dancers closed the show with their first group dance to Footloose.