Strictly stars pay tribute as former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Kerri-Anne Donaldson dies aged 38
Kerri-Anne Donaldson starred in the show in 2014 alongside now Strictly pros Katya and Neil Jones
A former Britain’s Got Talent contestant has died aged 38, her family has confirmed. Kerri-Anne Donaldson starred in the show in 2014 as part of the superg-group Kings and Queens.
Her death was confirmed by her sister, Cara Donaldson, who said: “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.”
Strictly professional Neil Jones, who was also part of the group, said Donaldson had a “heart of gold”.
Kings and Queens reached the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent’s eighth series. Other members of the group included Kai Widdrington and Neil and Katya Jones, all three of whom later became professional dancers on Strictly.
Neil Jones called Donaldson his “friend” and “like a big sister” on Twitter, writing: “Kerri Anne Donaldson - remember that name and please never forget it because it belongs to a woman who loved to dance, create and perform, she had the cheekiest laugh and a heart of gold.”
Kerrie-Anne posted on her Instagram account just four weeks ago after judging the Open Worlds Youth Latin contestant at Blackpool Tower. The post read: “ It’s a strange feeling being on the other side of the floor. Thank you to the organisers for inviting me and congratulations on such a successful event. Thank you to my friend @astex_design for whipping me up this incredible dress and @sophies_photography_events for the shots!!”