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23 March 2020, 12:24 | Updated: 23 March 2020, 13:30
Olly Murs visited his mum on Mothers Day and sent his love through a window after an emotional and moving performance to the nation on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway at the weekend.
The Voice judge, 35, observed social distancing rules and posted a photograph of himself standing outside his mums house as she waved at him through an open window on his Instagram yesterday (March 23).
Olly got to see his mum Vicky-Lynn Pollard and his sister Fay but made sure to keep at least six feet apart from the pair amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Taking to his social media he said: "'Happy Mother’s Day 2020... two wonderful ladies in my life who i love so much..... wish I could’ve hugged them today but this will do!
"Haven’t seen them in 2 weeks (my sis is delighted) but it’s better to be safe than sorry! keep safe everyone xx [sic]," he added.
Olly Murs' visit to his mother on Sunday followed the star's incredibly emotional and uplifting performance on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway the day before.
The show - that was performed in front of an empty audience - brought Olly Murs to sing on stage accompanied by footage of thousands of people across the UK dancing and singing in their homes.
Happy Birthday to you Mum!! You ain’t doing to bad for nearly 60!! Smashing it 😝👍🏻love ya ❤️💋 pic.twitter.com/zj4bidvghx— Olly Murs (@ollymurs) October 11, 2017
Olly sang 'Dance With Me Tonight' accompanied by Ant and Dec dancing on stage behind him, and was so heartwarming viewers were in "happy tears" after the show.
Snippets of videos included pregnant women, children with cancer, NHS workers, firefighters and the elderly all dancing indoors to Olly's hit song, with viewers taking to social media to praise the performance.
One person wrote: "Just what the nation needed tonight. What a tonic. And it makes me so proud of this country. Had a little cry!"
Another said: "I know it sounds stupid but that Olly Murs song with the videos of dancing really got me. I’m obviously on the edge emotionally but it brought a smile to my face and well up at the same time."
Olly's performance came before Ant and Dec finished the show with a message to the nation about the Coronavirus.
I know it sounds stupid but that Olly Murs song with the videos of dancing really got me. I’m obviously on the edge emotionally (😕), but it brought a smile to my face and well up at the same time.— Darren Johnson (@dazzaj9) March 21, 2020
99% of people are amazing. We will get through this. #SaturdayNightTakeaway
Dec said: "Chances are you've just watched the show at home, a place where we're all going to be spending a lot more time over the next few weeks," with Ant adding: "More of us will be apart or by ourselves than ever before and it's going to be harder for some of us, than it is for others."
Dec continued: "Which is why it's never been more important to keep talking. Just hearing someone's voice is proven to reduce anxiety and stress." Ant then concluded: "So if there's someone you can't be with right now, pick up the phone and show them that you care."
9.5 million viewers tuned in on the night making it the highest viewing figures since 2002 and 45% of all TV viewers - keep up the good work boys!
Olly Murs joins a host of singer's who are doing their bit in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, including Neil Diamond who has unveiled a hilarious 'Sweet Caroline' update with coronavirus washing hands advice.
Last week, Gary Barlow began a series of daily 'Crooner Sessions', teaming up with fellow singers including JC Chasez and Alfie Boe.
Robbie Williams also staged a 90-minute karaoke session, while Anthony Hopkins treated fans to a little piano playing with his cat.