Cassandra Thorburn has shared a heartwarming tribute to her late father Max, who she says convinced her into giving Dancing With The Stars a go.
Taking to Instagram, the ex-wife of Karl Stefanovic, wrote an emotional post dedicated to her father, who died in 2018, alongside a photo of him.
“Focus tonight is on why I’m on this journey… because if I didn’t, missing you would be too much,” she wrote. “My dad was my Achilles heel and his belief in me is why I’m on this journey. He always did know what was best for me.
“Simple. Sleep, dance, sleep, dance… block out the noise and enjoy the ride.”
Fans were quick to comment, with one writing: “I totally get you. You go girl. You are amazing.”
Another added: “Block out the noise and please enjoy your ride. We support you.”
While a third wrote: “You’re doing amazing, it’s a joy to watch you dance and be so brave, well done to you!”
The former journalist had previously said that she was unsure about taking on the task at first, but revealed how her late father convinced her to give the talent show a go before he passed away.
“I decided to do it because it was one of the last conversations I had with my dad before he passed away,” she said.
“It had been offered to me and at first I thought, no that’s crazy. I couldn’t possibly do that. If you don’t do something, an opportunity that you never thought would come up and if you said no … you will regret it one day.
“And I thought ‘OK so let’s go for it’.”
It comes after the author and mum completely transformed on the dance floor on Monday night in a flowing red dress with a plunging neckline and glittering detailing, looking a million dollars with dramatic make-up and her hair tied loosely back.
However, while she insisted shortly after her dance that it made her feel “beautiful, confident and happy”, notoriously mean judge Craig Revel Horwood was less than impressed – giving her a score of just one out of 10.
“Well, it was all going well until the skirt was ripped off and you started to dance,” he told the star. “Then quite frankly, it was a failure.”
Thorburn had begun her dance by telling viewers she didn’t want to remain a “human headline after a public breakup” and she certainly didn’t let Craig’s insult get her down as she simply replied to him following the performance: “Thank you for being so kind.”
Sadly Criag’s low score meant Thorburn scored the least points, alongside cricketer Curtly Ambrose, with just 10 out of 30 each.