Royal Marine Cassidy Little set the Strictly ballroom alight with his passionate pasodoble performance last night, scoring ten’s across the panel of judges.
Cassidy, 33, from Market Deeping received a standing ovation for his fiery performance with dance partner Natalie Lowe, on last nights episode of BBC One’s The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief.
For the first time in the show’s 11-year-history, six members of the public took the places of famous faces and competed on the famous Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.
Although Cassidy scored top marks from each of the Strictly judges, their scores were for guidance only, and the public had 30 minutes after the programme to make their deciding vote.
The winner of the public vote will be crowned The People’s Strictly Champion as part of the live Comic Relief show on BBC One on Friday, with money raised from viewers’ votes going towards Comic Relief.
The former Royal Marine medic, originally from Canada, lost his right leg below the knee during a tour of Afghanistan in 2011, in an explosion that killed three of his colleagues and seriously injured another four. He is credited with helping other Marines through rehab.
He was chosen from over 11,000 entries to take part in The People’s Strictly for his heroic efforts.
Cassidy said: “Since being injured, I’ve done some incredible things, and this is another incredible experience, which just pulls me along that pathway.”
Support has been flooding in from across the country for the Royal Marine who has helped to ‘inspire’ people with his determination and enthusiasm.
Cassidy’s local gym, Empire Gymnasium in Market Deeping showed its support for Cassidy by hanging a massive banner outside its doors saying ‘Vote Cassidy’.
Matt Weston from Empire Gym said: “Remove the limelight and Cassidy would still be the personality that brings the most light to the room.
“He’s great to have around as a member of the gym because he inspires and motivates people.
“The whole experience has again showed people, that there is always a way! Obstacles, traumas, difficulties will present themselves to us all, but we must look to such shining lights as Cassidy to remind ourselves - we can!”
Make sure you show your support for Cassidy and tune in to watch The People’s Strictly finals at 9pm on BBC One this Friday.