Holly Willoughby was unable to speak after a clip of a Ukrainian girl singing to the backdrop of war was played out on This Morning.
The 41-year-old was back on the ITV daytime show on Monday alongside Phillip Schofield following their stint on Dancing On Ice on Sunday night.
The hosting duo were joined in the studio by the Daily Telegraph’s associate editor Camillia Tominey and show regular Gyles Brandreth to discuss the latest news headlines in ‘This Morning’s View’.
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The main topic of conversation continued to be the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia with Russia’s invasion now in its 12th day.
Among the stories covered was that of young Ukrainian girl who had been filmed belting out Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen in her native language as she appeared to be keeping safe in a makeshift bomb shelter.
The video of the little girl is said to have been filmed as she and her family tried to stay safe in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and has since gone viral.
Footage of the girl, named Amelia, was first posted on Facebook by Marta Smekhova, who says she filmed it with permission from the girl’s mother.
Holly and co-host Phillip watched the video live on air during Monday’s edition of This Morning and after playing the clip, which ended in applause for little Amelia, Holly commented: “There’s such innocence…”
Gyles then began to say: “We’re seeing the worst of humanity and the best in this crisis aren’t we,” as both the hosts struggled to reply with Holly keeping her hand over her mouth.
“I haven’t seen that video before actually. She’s the age of my youngest daughter,” Camilla said before also appearing lost for words. She added: “It’s awful.”
Holly replied quietly: “It’s horrible,” as her voice began to wobble and Phillip cut in: “Let’s leave it there,” with his eyes also appearing filled with emotion.
“We’ll be back after this break,” mum-of-three Holly managed to rush to say as Phillip, who has two grown-up daughters, quietly added: “Yep, back in a mo.”
She appeared to wipe her eyes as the cameras cut to the ad break.
And This Morning viewers were also overcome by the emotion of it all.
@runninoncaffine tweeted: “That little girl singing was so sweet but emotional. Ukraine God bless. emotional clip #thismorning @thismorning.”
“Bless you guys, for playing that clip of the little girl in the Shelter. The emotion and sentiment, never seen anything quite like that on This Morning. The lack of spoken words, and the ‘eyes’… said it all. Well done all. #love #thismorning #Ukraine #Respect,” @79DESIGNLtd said.
@Mabel_Mouse_ commented: “That little girl singing ‘Let it go’ in a bomb shelter absolutely breaks my heart. #ThisMorning.”
“That little girl broke my heart. This all has to stop #ThisMorning,” @Lisalisey87 added.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.