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Ben Platt leaves Strictly viewers ‘in tears’ with stunning rendition of Dear Evan Hansen’s ‘You Will Be Found’

"My entire body is COVERED in goosebumps," wrote one viewer.

By Will Stroude

Words: Will Stroude; Image: YouTube

Ben Platt left Strictly Come Dancing viewers “in tears” during Sunday night’s results show (10 October) with an emotional performance of Dear Evan Hansen’s ‘You Will Be Found’.

Platt, who starred as Evan Hansen in the original Broadway production of the acclaimed coming-of-age musical from 2015-2016, wowed BBC One viewers as he took to the Strictly stage to deliver one of the show’s standout ballads.

“This had me in tears.. love it it was beautiful”, wrote Twitter user @rachloumoo following the performance.

“Just sobbed all the way through this @bbcstrictly”, added viewer @Corky2402.

Another Twitter user, @abcdemilyx_, wrote: “My entire body is COVERED in goosebumps.”

Some viewers pointed out the poignancy of ‘You Will Be Found’ being performed on World Mental Health Day. 

“When i listened to the song it reminded me that there is always someone ready to look out for you when your [sic] not feeling the best, it was very appropriate for world mental health day, thank you for sharing your song”, wrote @Sinead62474205 on Twitter.

Tweeter @ClareeAmy added: “This is the song I listen to when I’m feeling down… Blue heart It reminds me that I’m not alone”.

Platt, 27, recently reprised his role as Evan Hansen in Stephen Chbosky’s movie adaptation of the musical, which opened in cinemas last month.

The actor and singer, who came out publicly as gay in 2019, has been dating his Dear Evan Hansen Broadway successor, Noah Galvin, since 2020.

Platt recently said of Galvin:  “[He] has a really unique ability to help me to be present where I am and to make the life that’s happening day to day too wonderful to not want to be on the ground for it.”

Strictly Come Dancing’s Sunday night results show saw former Coronation Street star Kate McGlynn become the second celebrity to be eliminated from the competition after she and partner Gorka Márquez lost out in the dance-off to comedian Judi Love and her partner Graziano Di Prima.

Meanwhile, Strictly’s first-ever all-male pairing, John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, wowed the judges and viewers during Saturday night’s Movie Week with a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Paso Doble, which earned them an almost perfect score of 39 out of 40.

Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday 16 October on BBC One.