His pro partner Alex, who was also looking overcome with emotion, added: “I just wanted him to have a happy memory. There was a lot of pressure to do that routine. I’m happy he has something to go home with.”
Joe’s eldest son, Harry who was in the audience, admitted he was incredibly proud of his dad, saying: “Let me just say Grandad is looking down watching. He’s not just smiling, he’s crying happy tears.”
The semi-finals saw Libby Clegg bid farewell tot he ice, as Joe goes through to the final on Sunday next week
Dancing On Ice airs Sunday at 6pm on ITV.